Elkie Brooks has become one of the most successful and respected singing talents in the UK. Her career has spanned nearly five decades, produced 19 studio albums, and earning her numerous awards and accolades.
In 1970, after meeting guitarist Pete Gage and together they formed rock fusion band, Dada. The group worked well but changes were brought about with the arrival of another future star by the name of Robert Palmer and Dada transformed into Vinegar Joe. Robert was to prove the perfect foil for Elkie – their raunchy, rocky and outright sexual live performances became legendary and secured them a record deal with the Island label.
In 1975 she released of her first solo album, Rich Man’s Woman. Further success followed with the hit singles Sunshine After The Rain, Lilac Wine, the evergreen classic Don’t Cry Out Loud and the hit albums Shooting Star (1978) and Live and Learn (1979). During this period Elkie undertook major tours selling out each venue she visited including the Royal Albert Hall and a week-long engagement at the London Palladium. In 1981, the release of the Pearls album propelled Elkie into the realms of superstardom. This collection of past hits and new recordings shot to number 2 and stayed in the album charts for an incredible 79 weeks. At the time of release it became the biggest selling album by a British female singer in the history of the UK charts, selling over 1.2 million copies.
Further hit albums followed with Bookbinder’s Kid (1988), Inspiration (1989), Round Midnight (1993), Nothing But The Blues (1994), Amazing (1996) and The Very Best Of Elkie Brooks (1997) earning Elkie recognition by the Guinness Book of Records as the most charted female album seller of the last 25 years.
The public have been flocking to watch Elkie perform for many years, but those who have seen her over the last few have witnessed some of the most incredible performances of her career. The nightly standing ovations and delighted crowd reactions are testament to a woman who, like a good wine, has improved with age. Her passionate performances and her warmth with the audience have made her an unforgettable live experience and have gained her a reputation, both with fans and within the music industry, as perhaps the finest British female singer of her generation.
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Thursday 23 July 8pm
Ticket Office: 01793 524481