Mod Hero Georgie Fame Gets an Anthology Boxet Release

Honouring the ever-cool R&B and jazz singer

Born in Lancashire, Clive Powell was a determined musician, looking to Little Richard for inspiration and London for a future. From the age of 16, he took the name Georgie Fame and soon established himself at the forefront of the capital's jazz and R&B scene, achieving chart success and working with the likes of Van Morrison and Alan Price of the Animals.

Survival: A Career Anthology 1963-2015 is a six-disc boxset spanning 110 tracks. It covers Fame's most-loved hits, as well as unreleased songs and B-sides. The sharply presented package also contains a 48-page hardback book filled with unseen photographs and an interview with Jocks & Nerds' staff writer Paolo Hewitt.

Despite his made-up surname, Fame was always modest. In the middle of the 1960s, he signed a major deal to CBS, though after questioning the label’s intentions, he moved on to the then-independent Island Records. After a stint with Island, label-boss Chris Blackwell remarked that Fame was too eclectic. In reply, Fame left the label and started his own. Since then, he has been creating music through a number of his imprints.