Julie Driscoll

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Julie Driscoll
Julie Driscoll (1968).jpg
Driscoll in 1968
Background information
Also known as Julie Tippetts
Born (1947-06-08) 8 June 1947 (age 68)
London, England
Genres Pop, R&B, jazz, folk rock, psychedelic pop, jazz-rock, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Marmalade
Associated acts Brian Auger, Keith Tippett, Working Week
Website mindyourownmusic.co.uk

Julie Tippetts (born Julie Driscoll, 8 June 1947) is an English singer and actress, known for her 1960s versions of Bob Dylan and Rick Danko's "This Wheel's on Fire", and Donovan's "Season of the Witch", both with Brian Auger and The Trinity. Along with The Trinity, she was featured prominently in the 1969 television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, singing "I'm a Believer" in a soul style with Micky Dolenz. She and Auger had previously worked in Steampacket, with Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart.

"This Wheel's on Fire" reached number five in the United Kingdom in June 1968. With distortion, the imagery of the title and the group's dress and performance, this version came to represent the psychedelic era in British rock music. Driscoll recorded the song again in the early 1990s with Adrian Edmondson as the theme to the BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, the main characters of which are throwbacks to that era.

Since the 1970s, Driscoll has concentrated on experimental vocal music. She married jazz musician Keith Tippett and collaborated with him and now uses the name Julie Tippetts, adopting the original spelling of her husband's surname. She took in Keith Tippett's big band Centipede and in 1974 sang in Robert Wyatt's Theatre Royal Drury Lane concert. She released a solo album, Sunset Glow in 1975;[1] and was lead vocalist[2] on Carla Bley's album Tropic Appetites and also in John Wolf Brennan's "HeXtet".

Later in the 1970s, she toured with her own band and recorded and performed as one of the vocal quartet Voice, with Maggie Nichols, Phil Minton, and Brian Eley.

In the early 1980s, Julie Tippetts was a guest vocalist on an early single by pop-jazz band Working Week, on the song "Storm of Light", which brought them to the attention of a wider audience.

Discography[edit]

Below is a selected list of Driscoll's work, sorted mostly by recording date:

  • 1963 - Take Me by the Hand (and Lead Me) (with the Harold Geller Group)
  • 1967 - Open (with Brian Auger & The Trinity)
  • 1969 - Streetnoise (with Brian Auger & The Trinity)
  • 1969 - Jools & Brian (with Brian Auger & The Trinity)
  • 1971 - 1969 (featuring Keith Tippett Group)
  • 1971 - Quartet Sequence (with John Stevens, Ron Herman & Trevor Watts)
  • 1971 - (June) Septober Energy (with Centipede) (recorded at Wessex Sound Studios, London, during three days, produced by Robert Fripp)
  • 1972 - Blueprint (with Keith Tippett, Roy Babbington, Frank Perry & Keith Bailey) (produced by Robert Fripp)
  • 1974 - Tropic Appetites (with Carla Bley)
  • 1975 - (6 August) Ovary Lodge (with Keith Tippett, Harry Miller & Frank Perry) - Live at Nettlefold Hall, London
  • 1975 - Sunset Glow
  • 1975 - The Rock Peter and the Wolf (an arrangement of songs of the classic Peter and the Wolf story, with Gary Brooker, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, Stephane Grappelli, Jack Lancaster, Jon Hiseman, Brian Eno, Alvin Lee, Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Manfred Mann, Keith Tippett, Viv Stanshall, etc.
  • 1978 - (22, 23, 24 May) Frames: Music For An Imaginary Film (Keith Tippett's Ark) (recorded at Wessex Sound Studios, London)
  • 1978 - Encore (with Brian Auger)
  • 1982 - Best of Julie Driscoll - compilation
  • 1982 - (29 June thru 3 July) with Company (Ursula Oppens, Fred Frith, George Lewis, Akio Suzuki, Keith Tippett, Moto Yoshizawa, Anne Le Baron, Phil Wachsmann & Derek Bailey (recorded in London during Company Week)
  • 1984 - "Storm of Light" - single with Working Week
  • 1987 - Couple in Spirit (duet with Keith Tippett) (mixed by Robert Fripp)
  • 1989 - Fire in the Mountain (with Working Week)
  • 1989 - Women With Voices (track #12, with Maggie Nicols, Sue Ferrar & Sylvia Hallett, recorded live, 4 March, at Air Gallery, London)
  • 1991 - (1 June) The Bristol Concert (with Mujician & The Georgian Ensemble as honorary guest) (recorded live at St. George's concert hall, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK, for BBC)
  • 1991 - With Brian Auger & the Trinity - compilation
  • 1992 - (2 & 3 January) Spirits Rejoice (with The Dedication Orchestra) (recorded at Gateway Studios, Kingston, Surrey, UK)
  • 1993 - (23 October) Twilight Etchings (with Willi Kellers & Keith Tippett) (recorded at the Podewil in Berlin during the Total Music Meeting)
  • 1994 - (3 thru 5 January) Ixesha (Time) (with The Dedication Orchestra) (recorded at Gateway Studios, Kingston, Surrey, UK)
  • 1996 - Couple In Spirit II (duet with Keith Tippett) (recorded live at The Stadtgarten, Cologne)
  • 1998 - (6 February & 30 April) The First Full Turn (with RoTToR: Paul Rutherford, Julie & Keith Tippett, Paul Rogers) (recorded various locations)
  • 1998 - (3 May) First Weaving: Live at Le Mans Jazz Festival (Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra)
  • 1998 - "HeXtet: Through the Ear of a Raindrop" (with John Wolf Brennan, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Chris Cutler and Peter Whyman (Leo Records 254)
  • 1999 - Season of the Witch - compilation
  • 1999 - Shadow Puppeteer - solo
  • 2001 - If Your Memory Serves You Well - compilation
  • 2001 - 2002 (November & February) Fluvium (with Martin Archer & Geraldine Monk) (electronics recorded at Telecottage, Sheffield, between January 2000 & March 2002, vocals & acoustic instruments recorded at The Sound Kitchen, Sheffield, between November 2001 and February 2002)
  • 2003 - The Dartington Trio (with Keith Tippett & Paul Dunmall) - Live at The BBC & Live at The Vortex
  • 2004 - (8 August) Dartington Improvising Trio (with Keith Tippett & Paul Dunmall) - Live at The Priory (recorded live at Priory Park, 3rd Southend International Jazz Festival)
  • 2004 - Julie Driscoll
  • 2004 - London 1964-1967 - compilation
  • 2004 - A Kind Of Love In 1967-1971 - compilation
  • 2004 - (5 September) Viva La Black: Live at Ruvo Jazz Festival (with Keith Tippett, Louis Moholo-Moholo & Canto General) in Ruvo di Puglia, Bari, Apulia, Italy
  • 2005 - (24 April) Mahogany Rain (with Paul Dunmall, Philip Gibbs & Keith Tippett) (recorded at Victoria Rooms Studio, Bristol, UK)
  • 2008 - (14 November) duet with Keith Tippett, Couple In Spirit - Live at the Purcell Room (recorded at the Purcell Room, London, as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival)
  • 2008 - Nostalgia 77 Sessions featuring Keith & Julie Tippett
  • 2009 - Ghosts of Gold (with Martin Archer)
  • 2011 - Tales of FiNiN (with Martin Archer)
  • 2011 - (30 & 31 January) From Granite to Wind (with Keith Tippett Octet)
  • 2012 - Serpentine (with Martin Archer)

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