Bertie Higgins

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Bertie Higgins
Birth name Elbert Joseph Higgins
Born (1944-12-08) December 8, 1944 (age 69)
Origin Tarpon Springs, Florida
Genres Country, pop, soft rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1982–present
Labels Kat Family, Epic
Website Official website

Elbert Joseph "Bertie" Higgins (born December 8, 1944,[1] Tarpon Springs, Florida) is an American singer-songwriter.[2] In 1982, he had his only Top 40 album with Just Another Day in Paradise. It spawned the Top 10 romantic ballad "Key Largo", which referenced the Humphrey Bogart movie of the same name and reached #8 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 record chart, number one in the adult contemporary charts, and a country hit as well. In 2009, his song was #75 on VH1's Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80's. He also became a multi-platinum recording artist in the Pacific Rim countries including Japan and China due to the mega-hit, "Casablanca".

Career[edit]

Higgins is of Irish, German, and Portuguese descent; he is a direct descendant of the German author Johann Wolfgang Goethe.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Higgins' musical career began with a teenage band, "The Romans" (later changed to "The Roemans"), which signed to ABC-Paramount Records in the early 1960s, and was temporarily backing singer Tommy Roe, hence the change of spelling from Romans. The band released three singles between 1964 and 1966. These achieved some radio airplay but did not reach any national charts.[8]

After Higgins failed to follow up the success of "Key Largo," he was plagued with personal and legal problems that included a divorce, heavy drinking, a night in jail for making threatening phone calls to the mother of his ex-wife's boyfriend, and four months in prison for a 1995 DUI crash.[9]

His eldest son, Damian Higgins, who goes by the moniker Dieselboy, is a drum and bass DJ, producer and label head (Human Imprint).

In recent years, Higgins has moved into film production with another son, Julian Higgins, producing The Wrath (distributed by Lions Gate, a biker film, Poker Run, which was released in 2009 and The Colombian Connection starring Tom Sizemore in 2012. Higgins also co-wrote the screenplays, supervised the music and acted in major roles in all three films.[7][10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Label
1982 Just Another Day in Paradise 38 Epic
1983 Pirates & Poets  — Kat Family/CBS
1985 Gone With the Wind  — CBS (Japan)
1991 Back to the Island  — Polydor (Japan)
1994 Back to the Island  — Southern Tracks (different track listing than above album)
1999 Trop Rock  — Key Largo
2002 Island Bound  — Sony
2007 The Ultimate Collection  — Madacy
2008 A Buccaneer's Diary  — Key Largo
2008 The Essential Playlist"  — Toucan Cove/Universal
2009 Captiva  — Toucan Cove/Universal
2012 Year of the Dragon  — Toucan Cove/Universal

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions RIAA Album
US AC US US Country CAN AC CAN CAN Country
1981 "Key Largo" 1 8 50 1 3 34 Gold Just Another Day in Paradise
1982 "Just Another Day in Paradise" 10 46 90 12  —  —  —
1982 "Casablanca"  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
1982 "Port O Call"  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
1983 "When You Fall in Love" 34  —  —  —  —  —  — Pirates and Poets
1983 "Pirates and Poets"  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
1983 "Tokyo Joe"  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
1988 "You Blossom Me"  —  — 72  —  —  —  — singles only
1989 "Homeless People"  —  — 75  —  —  —  —

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC — Music — Bertie Higgins". BBC Online. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Singer Songwriter Bertie Higgins Appears Monday At Pazzazz Lounge". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Florida, USA: Diane McFarlin). 16 December 1983. p. 90. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Singer Bertie Higgins to perform". The Cedartown Standard (Cedartown, Georgia, USA). 12 July 1990. p. 3A. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Atkins, Tony (16 October 1982). "Bertie Higgins Finds Success". Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida, USA). p. 34. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bertie's Biography". Official Website of Bertie Higgins. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Trop Rocker ' performs at annual music event". Gadsden Times (Gadsden, Alabama, USA). 12 May 1999. p. 23. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Reeves, Terri Bryce (16 July 2009). "Tarpon Springs' Bertie Higgins of 'Key Largo' fame joins son to make a horror flick". St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA: Times Publishing Company). Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Miller, Zell (1996). They heard Georgia singing. Mercer University Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-86554-504-9. 
  9. ^ Bertie Higgins: Where Is He Now?
  10. ^ "Poker Run on IMDB"

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