Personalities | P.J. Proby | Sixties | Rock
(Vocals, b. 1938)
Born James Smith, Proby’s career began on a Houston radio station in 1949, but by the early 1960s, he was an also-ran, taping demos for the similar-sounding Elvis Presley. However, on uprooting to Britain, a mannered vocal style, picaresque image and scandalous trouser-splitting publicity assisted the passages of ‘Hold Me’, ‘Somewhere’, 1967’s ‘Niki Hoeky’ (his only US hit) and other singles into the charts. These remain the cornerstone of a stage act in which he is still the proverbial ‘pop singer who can really sing’.
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