Julie Felix performing for Dutch television in 1967
|Birth name||Julie Ann Felix|
14 June 1938 |
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Genres||Folk music, folk rock|
|Occupations||Singer, guitarist, songwriter|
|Labels||Decca, Fontana, RAK, EMI, Remarkable (own label)|
Julie Ann Felix (born 14 June 1938, Santa Barbara, California) is an American born, British-based folk rock recording artist, whose often worked with record producer Mickie Most on the RAK Records label.
She graduated in 1956 from the original high school in Westchester, Los Angeles, California. The same year that she arrived in the United Kingdom, she became the first solo folk performer signed to a major British record label, when she got a recording contract with Decca Records. Within a decade she had a well-established career. 1965 saw the artist, who by the end of that year would become reportedly the first folksinger to fill the Royal Albert Hall, described by The Times as "Britain's First Lady of Folk".
In 1966 Felix became the resident singer on the popular BBC TV programme The Frost Report, presented by David Frost. She hosted from 1968 to 1970 her own TV shows on the BBC, including the series Once More With Felix (the first episode was transmitted on 9 December 1967). Among those featured on her show were The Kinks, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin's lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, who played the "White Summer" and "Black Mountain Side" guitar solo pieces. On 1 May 1967 she appeared on the German TV show Beat-Club; in September 1968 at the International Essen Song Days. She performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969.
She had two UK Singles Chart hits in 1970. The first was with the song entitled "If I Could (El Cóndor Pasa)", while the second, marginally less successful, was called "Heaven is Here". 1990 saw the release of a new album, Bright Shadows. On 24 March 2008 she appeared on a BBC Four programme in which stars of The Frost Report gathered for a night celebrating 40 years since Frost Over England; Felix sang "Blowin' in the Wind". She has appeared at the Wynd Theatre, Melrose, Scottish Borders, on an annual basis over the past few years.
- Julie Felix — 1964 (Decca)
- 2nd Album — 1965 (Decca)
- 3rd Album — 1966 (Decca)
- Sings Dylan And Guthrie — 1966 (Decca)
- Changes — 1966 (Fontana) — UK No. 27
- In Concert — 1967 (World)
- Flowers — 1967 (Fontana)
- This World Goes Round And Round — 1968 (Fontana)
- Julie Felix's World — 1968 (Fontana)
- Going To The Zoo — 1969 (Fontana)
- Clotho's Web — 1972 (RAK)
- Lightning — 1974 (EMI)
- Hota Chocolata — 1977 (Monte Rosa)
- Colours In The Rain — 1982 (Scranta)
- Blowing In The Wind — 1982 (Scranta/Dingle's)
- Amazing Grace — 1987 (Starburst)
- Bright Shadows — 1989 (Remarkable)
- Branches In The Mist — 1993 (Remarkable)
- Windy Morning — 1995 (Remarkable)
- Fire — My Spirit — 1998 (Remarkable)
- Starry Eyed And Laughing: Songs By Bob Dylan — 2002 (Remarkable)
- Highway of Diamonds — 2008 (Remarkable)
- "If I Could (El Cóndor Pasa)" — 1970 (RAK) — UK No. 19
- ""Heaven is Here" — 1970 (RAK) — UK No. 22
- "Biography by Bruce Eder". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- Who's been (Melrose Wynd Theatre), scottish-borders.com; accessed 25 February 2014.
- Official website for Julie Felix
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 197. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.