Andy Pratt (singer-songwriter)

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Andy Pratt
Born (1947-01-25) January 25, 1947 (age 74)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • bass guitars
  • piano
  • accordion
  • sitar
  • tabla
  • clavinet
Years active1969–present
Labels

Andy Pratt (born January 25, 1947) is an American rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the 1970s, he made a number of experimental records, of which "Avenging Annie" was a commercial hit.[1]

Career[edit]

Pratt's demo recording of Avenging Annie was given to the Brown University radio station WBRU in 1972.[2] In early 1973, Pratt signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis.[3] He went into Aengus Studios, of Fayville, Massachusetts and released Andy Pratt in 1973, which had modest commercial success.[4] The single, Avenging Annie, peaked at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending ten weeks on the chart.[5] The song was re-recorded by The Who singer Roger Daltrey for his album One of the Boys in 1977.[6] Pratt's original version of the single became the B side of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded by the Light" on a CBS promotional disc, and was used on the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine in 1998.[7]

Rolling Stone magazine said of his 1976 album, Resolution, "The songs carry rock harmony one step beyond the Beach Boys and the Stones."[8] In 1982 Pratt released the mini album Fun in the First World produced by Leroy Radcliffe and released on Boston's Enzone Records.[1] The mini album was later included on The Age of Goodbye.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Records Are Like Life (Polydor Records, 1969, reissued 1971)
  • Andy Pratt (Columbia Records, 1973)
  • Resolution (Nemperor Records, distributed by Atlantic Records, 1976)
  • Shiver in the Night (Nemperor, 1977)
  • Motives (Nemperor, distributed by Epic Records, 1979)
  • Fun in the First World (Enzone Records, 1982)
  • Not Just for Dancing (Lamborghini Records, 1983)
  • Perfect Therapy (GMI, 1986)
  • Life (GMI, 1988)
  • One Body (GMI, 1991)
  • Fire of Love (GMI, 1993)
  • Resolution: The Andy Pratt Collection (Razor & Tie Records, compilation, 1996)
  • Another World (Highway Records, 1998)
  • Heaven and Earth (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • I'm All Right (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Cover Me (itsaboutmusic.com, February 2003)
  • New Resolutions (itsaboutmusic.com, August 2003)
  • Andy Pratt Is Back (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Andy Pratt Solo (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Live : Recorded Live at The Village Underground, NYC 3/11/03 (itsaboutmusic.com, 2003)
  • Age of Goodbye (Fun in the First World + Not Just for Dancing +2, CoraZong Records, 2004)
  • Runaway Heart (itsaboutmusic.com, 2006)
  • Masters of War (itsaboutmusic.com, 2008)
  • Andy Pratt Loves You (Forward motion records, 2010)
  • Life and Death (Forward motion records, 2011)
  • Chasing Shadows (Forward motion records, 2013)
  • The Wolf (independent, 2013)
  • The New Normal? (Forward motion records, 2014)
  • Do You Remember Me? (Continental Record Services, 2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ofjord, Michael. "Andy Pratt | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Book of Lists 2018". Business Jet Traveler. June 19, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Ofjord, Michael. "Andy Pratt | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "Foo Fighters, The Killers, St Vincent – 30 Huge Artists On Their Favourite 'Lost' Albums". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. September 19, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hot 100 : Jun 30, 1973 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. June 30, 1973. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Hoffmann, Frank W. (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950–1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 87–98. ISBN 978-0-8108-1595-7.
  7. ^ New Times. New Times Communications Corporation. 1976.
  8. ^ Edwards, Gavin (August 30, 2019). "10 Weird Albums We Loved in the 1970s You've Never Heard". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2019.

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