Elkie Brooks

Celebrating over 50 years in music...

Elkie Brooks

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Elkie Brooks first tasted the world of showbusiness when at the age of 15 she won a talent contest at Manchester’s Palace Theatre judged by Don Arden (manager of Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, the Small Faces and the Move and later ELO, and father to Sharon Osbourne). She’s worked with all the greats, including Jimmy Page, The Small Faces and The Beatles. She was the opening act on the Beatles’ Christmas Show in London in 1964, she’d only met them briefly when she was asked to skip over a rope John & Paul were holding for a photocall. It was a moment she’d rather forget because she lost her footing and ended up tripping over the rope causing much hilarity! Elkie’s second professional engagement was opening for the Small Faces Tour in ’65 and she became close friends with Steve Marriott. She fronted Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer in the early 70s and was dubbed ‘The Queen Of The Blues’ – Britain’s answer to Janis Joplin. The Melody Maker made her the Face of 1973. Elkie’s debut solo album ‘Rich Man’s Woman’ (’75) was banned as the sleeve was too raunchy – she was pictured wearing an outfit Miley Cyrus would be proud of.  Her solo career took o in ‘77 with ‘Pearl’s A Singer’ produced and co-written by Leiber & Stoller. Success followed success and in the early 80’s her two ‘Pearls’ albums broke all records. Together they stayed in the charts for an incredible 105 weeks and ‘Pearls’ became the biggest selling album by a female artist in UK history at the time. Elkie’s 1984 album ‘Screen Gem’ made history when it was the first pop record to be produced on CD in the UK. In 1986 Elkie eclipsed the success of ‘Pearl’s A Singer’ with her biggest hit single to date ‘No More The Fool’. This was yet another new peak when simultaneously Elkie held the top 5 single, top 5 album and gave birth to her second son Joseph Jordan all in one week. Elkie has performed in almost every major UK theatre. Sell out runs include Palladium, Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s…. By 1997 she had achieved 15 hit albums and a new milestone on her road was marked, when the Guinness Book of Records confirmed Elkie as having more top 75 albums than any other British female artist in the last two decades. New Greatest Hits collection ‘PEARLS – THE VERY BEST OF’ INCLUDES TWO NEW TRACKS ‘Love Aint Something You Can Get For Free’ and ‘Forgive And Forget’.

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