Rab Noakes

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Rab Noakes
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Rab Noakes Oran Mor Glasgow
Background information
Birth name Robert Noakes
Born (1947-05-13) 13 May 1947 (age 67)
St Andrews, Scotland
Genres Folk, country
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1970–present
Labels Neon Media production
Website www.rabnoakes.com/rab-noakes.htm

Rab Noakes (born Robert Noakes, 13 May 1947, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland) is a Scottish singer-songwriter.

Biography[edit]

He has performed with Lindisfarne, who recorded his songs "Turn a Deaf Ear" on their first album, Nicely Out of Tune, and "Together Forever" on their second, Fog on the Tyne. Barbara Dickson also recorded "Turn a Deaf Ear" on her album Do Right Woman, on which Noakes also performed.

Noakes also sang backing vocals and played guitar on the first solo album by Gerry Rafferty, Can I Have My Money Back, and became an early member of Stealers Wheel, although he left them before they recorded their first album.[1] Like Rafferty, he became an alcohol-dependant but took his last drink in 1982. In May 1972, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Noakes was to appear at the Great Western Express Lincoln Festival on 26 May that year. Other acts to perform in the 'Giants of Tomorrow' marquee included Budgie, Skin Alley, Tea & Sympathy, John Martyn, Warhorse and Gnidrolog.[2] Noakes best-known recording, "Branch", was released as a single in the summer of 1974 from his album Red Pump Special, and attracted considerable airplay on BBC Radio 1, but without making the UK Singles Chart.

The albums Restless (1978), Rab Noakes (1980) and Under the Rain (1984) followed, but it was 1994 until Standing Up appeared.[1] Noakes subsequently toured with the Varaflames, containing Pick Withers, Rod Clements, and the harmonicist Fraser Speirs.

Noakes became the senior producer for music programmes on BBC Radio Scotland.. He left to create the production company, Neon.[1] In November 2007, his album Unlimited Mileage, again with the Varaflames, was released. In 2012 CDs of Standing Up Again made in 2009 and Just in case (made in 2007) were made available those albums only having been available to Download up until then.

Albums (including re-issues)[edit]

Date Artist Label Cat. # Name
1970 Rab Noakes Decca SKL 5061 Do You See The Lights?
1972 Rab Noakes A&M AMLS 68119 Rab Noakes
1974 Rab Noakes Warner Brothers BS 2777 Red Pump Special
1975 Rab Noakes Warner Brothers K56114 Never Too Late
1978 Rab Noakes Ring O'Records 2339 201 Restless
1980 Rab Noakes MCA MCAC 3251 Rab Noakes
1984 Rab Noakes Black Crow (CD)CRO 207 Under The Rain
1988 Black Crow (CD)CRO 217 Woody Lives!
1995 Rab Noakes Mediart Music MDMCD 003 Standing Up
2000 The Varaflames Neon NEONCD001 Throwing Shapes
2001 Rab Noakes With Fraser Speirs Neon NEONCD002 Lights Back On
2002 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD004 Demos And Rarities Volume 1
2004 Rab Noakes River Records RIVERCD003 The River Sessions
2004 The Varaflames River Records RIVERCD042 Throwing Shapes
2004 Rab Noakes With Fraser Speirs River Records RIVERCD043 Lights Back On
2007 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD007 Standing Up
2007 Rab Noakes And The Varaflames Neon NEONCD009 Unlimited Mileage
2008 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD010 Do You See The Lights?
2012 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD011 Just In Case Songs Of Boudleaux & Felice Bryant
2012 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD012 Live At The Reid Hall Edinburgh 2005
2012 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD013 Standing Up Again
2013 Rab Noakes Warner WPCR15119 Red Pump Special
2013 Rab Noakes Warner WPCR15120 Never Too Late
2013 Rab Noakes Neon NEONCD014 Demos And Rarities Volume 2 Adventures with Gerry Rafferty
2013 Rab Noakes Universal UICY75904 Rab Noakes (1972 Album)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig. "Rab Noakes". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 238. CN 5585. 

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