Rachel Fury

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Rachel Fury
Birth name Rachel Brennock
Born 1961 (age 52–53)
Islington, London, England
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1971–1989
Associated acts Pink Floyd, Howard Devoto, The Lover Speaks

Rachel Fury is the stage name of Rachel Brennock, an English singer (though her mother and father are both of Irish extraction), songwriter and actress most widely known for performing with Pink Floyd on three world tours from 1987-1989.

Biography[edit]

Rachel Brennock began her acting career at age ten, appearing in the 1971 British children's movie Mr. Horatio Knibbles. During the 1970s, she played parts in various other TV shows and movies, a number of which were produced, like Mr Horatio Knibbles, under the aegis of the UK Children's Film Foundation.[1][2] At the same time, Brennock was building a career as a singer. In 1972, under the name "Weeny Bopper", Brennock recorded the single "David, Donny and Michael", a Pye Records release intended to capitalize on weenybopper enthusiasm for David Cassidy, Donny Osmond, and Michael Jackson.[3][4] By 1978, Brennock was an established London session singer, known for a "sassy 'Ronettes' sound."[5][6][7]

In the 1980s, Brennock adopted the stage name Rachel Fury, and toured as a backing singer with Howard Devoto and The Lover Speaks.[8] She co-wrote the song "When We Dream" with Phil Saatchi for his 1987 album Wheel of Fortune, and performed vocals on several Saatchi songs.[9] Fury signed on as a backing singer for the Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour after being introduced to the band by her former boyfriend James Guthrie, Pink Floyd's longtime recording engineer.[10] She sang with Pink Floyd on tour from 1987 to 1989, and appears on both the concert film and live album Delicate Sound of Thunder, the Italian TV broadcast of the 1989 Pink Floyd concert in Venice, and the (bootlegged) MTV taping of the 1987 concert at the Omni in Atlanta.[1] In these live performances, Fury is noted for the opening vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky" and for harmonizing with David Gilmour on "Comfortably Numb".

After 1989, Fury retired from performing. According to Pink Floyd fan sites, she now lives in London and maintains an interest in animal welfare.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b *Rachel Brennock at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Children's Film and Television Foundation - Home Page". Cftf.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Billboard - Google Boeken". Books.google.com. 1972-12-23. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Laurice (Laurie) Marshall". 29 May 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2010. "Song co-writer Laurie Marshall commented, "Weeny Bopper was the most professional singer I ever worked with. She was 10 years old, she walked into the studio cool as a cucumber. She was very accommodating and so sweet."" 
  5. ^ "Interview with Geraint Hughes". Popjunkietv.posterous.com. September 14, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2010. "Hughes credits Brennock with the vocal on Video Killed the Radio Star" 
  6. ^ "Buggles, The - Video Killed The Radio Star at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  7. ^ "The Prince's Trust". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. "This seems dubious. Trevor Horn explicitly credits Linda Jardim (now Allan) and Debi Doss for the vocals during his 2004 concert for the Prince's Trust" 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Rachel Fury Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  10. ^ Mason, Nick (2005), Philip Dodd, ed., Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd (Paperback ed.), Phoenix, ISBN 0-7538-1906-6 

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