Julie Felix performing for Dutch television in 1967
14 June 1938 |
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Genres||Folk music, folk rock|
|Occupation(s)||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 recording artist who achieved success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She continues to perform today and releases albums on her own record label.
She graduated in 1956 from 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. In 1965 she was reportedly the first folksinger to fill the Royal Albert Hall, and was 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.
- 1964 Julie Felix (Decca)
- 1965 2nd Album (Decca)
- 1966 3rd Album (Decca)
- 1966 Changes (Fontana) — UK No. 27
- 1967 In Concert (World)
- 1967 Flowers (Fontana)
- 1968 This World Goes Round and Round (Fontana)
- 1968 Julie Felix's World (Fontana)
- 1969 Going to the Zoo (Fontana)
- 1972 Clotho's Web (RAK)
- 1974 Lightning (EMI)
- 1977 Hota Chocolata (Monte Rosa)
- 1982 Colours in the Rain (Scranta)
- 1982 Blowing in the Wind (Scranta/Dingle's)
- 1987 Amazing Grace (Starburst)
- 1989 Bright Shadows (Remarkable)
- 1993 Branches in the Mist (Remarkable)
- 1995 Windy Morning (Remarkable)
- 1998 Fire — My Spirit (Remarkable)
- 2002 Starry Eyed and Laughing: Songs by Bob Dylan (Remarkable)
- 2008 Highway of Diamonds (Remarkable)
- 1965 Sings Dylan & Guthrie (Decca)
- 1966 Songs from the Frost Report (Fontana)
- 1967 Songs from the Frost Report, Vol.2 (Fontana)
- 1965 "Someday Soon" (Decca)
- 1966 "I Can't Touch the Sun" (Fontana)
- 1967 "Saturday Night" (Fontana)
- 1967 "The Magic of the Playground" (Fontana)
- 1968 "That's No Way to Say Goodbye" (Fontana)
- 1970 "If I Could (El Cóndor Pasa)" (RAK) — UK No. 19
- 1970 "Heaven is Here" (RAK) — UK No. 22
- 1971 "Snakeskin" (RAK)
- 1971 "Moonlight" (RAK)
- 1972 "Fire Water Earth and Air" (RAK)
- 1974 "Lady With the Braid" (EMI)
- 1974 "Finally Getting to Know One Another" (EMI)
- 1974 "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" (EMI)
- 1977 "Hota Chocolata" (Talent)
- 1978 "Come Out" (Talent)
- 1981 "Yoke (We Believe)" (Scranta)
- 1981 "Dance With Me" (Scranta)
- 1988 "The Sea and the Sky" (Remarkable)
- 1992 "Woman" (Remarkable)
- "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.