P. P. Arnold

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P. P. Arnold
P. P. Arnold, July 02 2006.jpg
P.P. Arnold at Roskilde Festival in July 2006
Background information
Birth namePatricia Ann Cole
Also known asPat Arnold
Born (1946-10-03) October 3, 1946 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, soul, blues rock, gospel
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1966–present
LabelsImmediate Records
Associated actsIke & Tina Turner, Barry Gibb, The Nice, Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Freddie King, Roger Waters, The Who, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, The Kinks, Ocean Colour Scene
Websitepparnold.com

Patricia Ann Cole (born October 3, 1946),[1] known professionally as P. P. Arnold, is an American soul singer who enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom from the 1960s onwards.

Early life[edit]

Arnold was born into a family of gospel singers, and performed as a vocal soloist for the first time when she was four years old. Her family lived in the African-American Watts ghetto of Los Angeles.[2]

She married early and had two children, Kevin and Debbie. Arnold worked two jobs, one in an office and the other in food manufacturing, until 1964, when Maxine Smith, an ex-girlfriend of her brother, contacted her with an offer. Maxine and her friend Gloria Scott had managed to arrange an audition for three girls to replace the original Ikettes, the dancer/singer troupe that provided vocal and dance accompaniment for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Smith contacted Arnold, whom she knew to be a singer. At the audition the three young women were offered the job on the spot, but Smith convinced Arnold to attend a concert in Fresno that night before making a final decision. When she arrived home at 6:00 the next morning, Arnold's furious husband struck her. She left him immediately, and after placing her children in the care of her parents, joined the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.[2][3]

Career[edit]

1960s[edit]

PP Arnold joined the Ikettes and toured with Ike & Tina Turner. Arnold quit the Turner band in 1966 while on tour in the UK in order to remain in London and establish a solo career, with the encouragement of Mick Jagger. She noted the difference between how she had been treated in America and how she was received in England, saying, "A young black woman on her own in America in a white environment would not have been treated as well as I was in England."[2] She enjoyed several major British hits on Immediate Records, including songs written for her by Paul Korda, who wrote "The Time Has Come". She also recorded songs written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane from labelmates Small Faces, who also backed her on several recordings; Arnold had a brief romantic liaison with Marriott in 1967.[4] She toured with the Small Faces during 1967-68, made several TV appearances with them, and featured as backing vocalist on two of their biggest hits, "Itchycoo Park" and "Tin Soldier". Other credits in this period include her duet with Rod Stewart on the single "Come Home Baby" (produced by Mick Jagger on Immediate Records, with Ron Wood on guitar, Keith Richards on bass, Nicky Hopkins on electric piano, Keith Emerson on Hammond organ and the Georgie Fame Brass Section), as well as Chris Farlowe's version of the Motown standard "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (with Albert Lee on guitar and Carl Palmer on drums).

P. P. Arnold (1967)

Her first backing band, the Blue Jays, had been inherited from American soul singer Ronnie Jones and included former Bluesbreakers guitarist Roger Dean. This was followed by the Nice, whose line-up was Keith Emerson on organ, who had just quit the VIPs (later to be known as Spooky Tooth), David O'List on guitar, Lee Jackson on bass and Ian Hague on drums. During this period she scored several hits, including the original version of Cat Stevens' song "The First Cut Is the Deepest"[3] and "Angel of the Morning", plus the Marriott-Lane song "(If You Think You're) Groovy".[5]

After the collapse of Immediate Records in the late 1960s, Arnold signed a production contract with the Robert Stigwood Organisation and released two singles on the Polydor label, produced by Barry Gibb, but a planned album with Gibb was never completed.[1] Between 1969 and 1970, she recorded eleven songs which were produced by Gibb himself but only two of the songs "Bury Me Down By the River" and "Give a Hand, Take a Hand" were released. In February 1970, she sang harmony vocals on the song "Born" which was included on Gibb's debut solo album The Kid's No Good.[6]

P. P. Arnold (Dutch TV, 1968)

1970s[edit]

In 1970 she moved to the musical stage, appearing alongside P.J. Proby in the rock musical Catch My Soul. She then formed a new backing band that included the future members of Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, plus Steve Howe, who would soon join Yes. During this period she renewed her association with Steve Marriott, recording and touring with his new band Humble Pie (Rock On), as well as contributing session musician backing vocals for many notable UK and US recordings including the original 1970 album recording of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Nick Drake's "Poor Boy", and recordings by Dr. John, Graham Nash, Gary Wright, Manassas, Nektar, Jimmy Witherspoon, Nils Lofgren and Eric Burdon.[7] She toured with Eric Clapton, who also produced a number of unreleased sessions with her; during these sessions she met American bassist Fuzzy Samuels of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and they subsequently became involved romantically and had a son, Kodzo.[2] In 1974 she sang on Freddie King's album Burglar.[8] Feeling out of place in the rapidly changing British music scene of the mid-1970s, Arnold and Samuels returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. While they were living there, Arnold's relationship with Samuels ended; just two weeks after the split, her daughter Debbie was killed in a car accident. After her daughter's death, Arnold withdrew from public life for some time, not re-emerging until 1978. At this time she was reunited with Barry Gibb, who wanted to complete the never-finished solo album for her. In the event, Arnold was able to release these recordings only in 2017, on her album The Turning Tide.[9]

1980s–1990s[edit]

She moved to Hollywood in 1981, but returned to England the following year to raise her younger son there. She began working with leading British reggae band Steel Pulse and returned to the charts in both the UK and Australia on the hit 1983 cover version of the Staple Singers "Respect Yourself", recorded with British electropop group Kane Gang, which reached #21 in Britain and #19 in Australia.

In 1984, she returned to the stage in the cast of the musical Starlight Express as Belle the Sleeping Car, after which she worked with a number of noted British acts including Boy George as well as working on several film soundtracks.[citation needed] Weeks before beginning a tour with Billy Ocean, her legs were badly injured in a car accident. She went ahead with the Ocean tour, at first appearing on crutches, but her injuries eventually forced her to leave the tour after ten weeks. Without a record contract and unable to play live, Arnold survived by doing sessions for advertising jingles. In 1986 she returned to the rock scene, featuring prominently as a backing vocalist on Peter Gabriel's worldwide hit "Sledgehammer". This was followed by a successful collaboration with The Beatmasters on the retro-styled Acid House hit "Burn It Up", which reached #14 in Britain in October 1988, and became her third hit to spend 10 weeks or more on the UK Singles Chart.[5] "Burn It Up" was included on the Beatmasters' album Anywayawanna. During the late 1980s and 1990s Arnold resumed an active career as a session vocalist, and her credits in this period included The KLF ("What Time Is Love?", "3 A.M Eternal"), Nina Hagen, Roger Waters (Amused to Death), and Graham Parker. In 1989 she reunited with her old friend Steve Marriott to record his solo album 30 Seconds to Midnite, which proved to be their final collaboration; Marriott died in a house fire in 1991. She then later worked with the UK Hardcore group Altern 8 on their single “E-Vapor-8” in 1992.

In 1994, she joined the cast of the award-winning musical Once on This Island as Erzulie, beautiful Goddess of Love. While the production was playing in Birmingham she met leading UK band Ocean Colour Scene, one of the new wave of latter-day mod groups who (like their mentor Paul Weller), idolised the Small Faces.[1] In 1995 Arnold joined forces with Primal Scream to record a blistering cover version of the Small Faces' song "Understanding", the opening track of the various artists Small Faces tribute album Long Agos and Worlds Apart. Following her earlier meeting with Ocean Colour Scene with whom Arnold would eventually form a close friendship she appeared on their 1997 album "Marchin Already" which reached Number 1 in the UK album charts lending backing vocals to single "Travellers Tune" and duet lead vocals alongside Simon Fowler on 1998 single "It's a Beautiful Thing".

2000s[edit]

Arnold joined forces with Chaz Jankel, former pianist with Ian Dury and the Blockheads. This was followed by an invitation to tour widely with Roger Waters. She was a backup vocalist on his 1999–2002 tour In the Flesh (also on the CD and DVD of the same name), as well as the 2006–2008 tour, Dark Side of the Moon Live. Her version of "The First Cut is the Deepest" was featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 movie Seven Psychopaths.[10]

In 2001 Arnold released her full Immediate Records discographyon the album The First Cut (The Immediate Anthology). It includes her famous albums The First Lady of Immediate and Kafunta in addition to several singles. A chance encounter at a party led to Blow Monkeys frontman Dr Robert on their 2007 album Five in the Afternoon. In 2009 she toured the UK with Geno Washington and Jimmy James on the Flying Music 'This Is Soul Tour' and has since toured around the UK in her own. In 2012 she toured the UK with Maddy Prior, Jerry Donahue, Dave Swarbrick, and Thea Gilmore. In 2013 Arnold participated in the project The Band of Sisters with David Mindel, a British songwriter, jingle writer and composer of music for film and television. It brought together Arnold, Mim Grey, Tessa Niles, Lynda Hayes, Stevie Lange and Mandy Bell on the album called Issues. In 2015 Arnold embarked on her first solo tour in Cape Town, South Africa. Arnold was then featured in the Small Faces musical All or Nothing at the Vault Theater Waterloo in which her love affair with Steve Marriott was documented.[11]

2017–present: Return with new solo album[edit]

in 2017 P. P. Arnold finally released her Heritage recordings in album. The Turning Tide is a collection of songs recorded between 1968 and 1970. Produced by Barry Gibb and Eric Clapton, the album was aborted and remained unfinished until 2017. [12] In 2017 she celebrated her 50th Anniversary in the music industry with a fall tour that coincided with the release of The Turning Tide.

In 2018 Arnold went on two tours in Australia: in May she went on first ever solo tour of Australia and New Zealand[13] backed by Tim Rogers, the front man for the rock band You Am I, and Davey Lane and Rusty Hopkinson, also members of the band; in November she returned to Australia for the second tour, The Return of PP Arnold,where she performed with You Am I once again with James Black & The Wolfgramm Sisters. she also was a special guest on the RocKwiz Tour 2019, where she performed with Rockwiz Orchestra.[14]

In August 2019, Arnold released her fourth solo album The New Adventures Of... P.P. Arnold. The album was recorded and produced by life-long P.P. enthusiast, OCS star and Paul Weller band guitarist Steve Cradock at his Kundalini Studio in Devon, and follows on—after a 51-year gap – from the singer's first two solo albums on Immediate Records, The First Lady of Immediate and Kafunta, as well as a more recent compilation of previously unreleased material from the late '60s and '70s, The Turning Tide. The album spans from classic orchestral soul to house music, ending with a 10-minute reading of Bob Dylan's poem "The Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie". Arnold explained: "I've got this huge catalogue of records I've sung on, but I have only released two albums – and they've stood the test of time."

Arnold's The New Adventures UK Tour is scheduled to begin in October 2019. Steve Cradock will serve as musical director for the gig.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • The First Lady of Immediate (1967)
  • Kafunta (1968)
  • The Turning Tide (2017, recorded late '60s to early '70s)[15]
  • The New Adventures of... P.P. Arnold (2019)[16]

As a chorist[edit]

Charting singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
[17]
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" 1967 18
"The Time Has Come" 47
"(If You Think You're) Groovy" 1968 41
"Angel of the Morning" 29
"A Little Pain" 1985 93
"Burn It Up" (with Beatmasters) 1988 14
"Evapor-8" (with Altern-8) 1992 6[18]
"Different Drum" 1998 80
"Don't Burst My Bubble"/"Come Home Baby" (with Small Faces, Rod Stewart & P.P.) 2005 93

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • P.P. Arnold / Chris Farlowe (1976)
  • P.P. Arnold Greatest Hits (1977)
  • Chris Farlowe / P.P. Arnold : Legendary (1979)
  • Angel... (1986)
  • The P.P Arnold Collection (1988)
  • Kafunta - The First Lady Of Immediate: Plus (1988)
  • The First Cut (1998)
  • The Best Of (1999)
  • Rod Stewart 1964-1969 (2000) - Rod Stewart - "Come Home Baby"
  • The First Cut (The Immediate Anthology) (2001)
  • A Little Misunderstood: The Sixties Sessions (2001) - Rod Stewart - "Come Home Baby"
  • Can I Get a Witness (2001) - Rod Stewart & The Steampacket - "Come Home Baby"
  • Immediate Pleasure (2002) - Various Artists - compilation album of Immediate Records with the song "Come Home Baby"
  • Angel of the Morning (2006)
  • The Best of P.P Arnold - The First Cut Is the Deepest (2006)
  • The Best of P.P Arnold (2007)
  • P.P Arnold (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "P.P. Arnold". NNDB.com. Soylent Communications. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Simone, Michael. "An Interview With PP Arnold". RogerWaters.org. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "P. P. Arnold". MakingTime.co.uk. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
  4. ^ Patress, Mark (March 2012). Phil, Alexander (ed.). "Heart and Soul — Steve Marriott". Mojo (222): 71.
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 30. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1970". Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  7. ^ P.P. Arnold official website - Music - 1970-1980
  8. ^ Burglar at AllMusic
  9. ^ "PP Arnold - London's First Lady of Soul - Biography". pparnold.com. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ IMDb Soundtrack
  11. ^ "All Or Nothing 'The Mod Musical'". allornothingmusical.com. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Soul Singer P.P. Arnold's Lost Album With Barry Gibb, Eric Clapton Cleared for Release". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Francis, Hannah (May 20, 2018). "P. P. Arnold review: Melbourne gets a visit from a soul treasure". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  14. ^ Grady, Ken (December 14, 2018). "LIVE REVIEW: P.P. ARNOLD AT THE GOV". The Upside News. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "The Turning Tide - 2017". PP Arnold.com. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "The New Adventures of... PP Arnold". pparnold.com.
  17. ^ "P. P. Arnold - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts.com. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "Altern 8 - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts.com. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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