Dickie Pride: London's Jazz Legend Remembered

A lesser known track by Dickie Pride, 'Lulu's back in town' is a true gem in the history of London jazz. Dickie was one of the earliest British Rock n Roll artists, but Jazz was his true love. 

Despite his early success he abandoned his career as a Rock n Roll singer - his frantic stage performances had earned him the nickname "The Sheikh of Shake" - in order to pursue his overbearing love of Jazz. It is widely considered that Dickie's talent was such that he could have been as big as Cliff Richard, or indeed any of the British performers of his day. With his talent, and his high ranking amongst his peers, he could certainly have influenced the direction of British popular music in the late 1950s and early '60s. 

Sadly, Dickie was taken from us at a tragically young age before he was able to realise his full potential. But his music lives on....

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

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