She was a little girl with a big voice who took London by storm in the mid-60s. Barely twenty, she was undoubtedly a stranger in a strange land, but was surprised by how the British took to her - and even more taken aback that as an unknown American background singer, she was able to launch a solo career and have hit records in a country where racial segregation didn't exist. We're talking about PP ARNOLD (pictured left by Gered Mankowitz) who, when she first set foot on English soil, was known as Pat Cole, and was working as an 'Ikette' on Ike & Tina Turner's soul revue. Taken under the wing of Rolling Stones main man, Mick Jagger, and his manager and Immediate Records' label boss, Andrew Loog Oldham, the singer adopted the stage name PP Arnold, and scored UK hits in the shape of the immortal 'The First Cut Is The Deepest,' 'The Time Has Come,' '(If You Think You're) Groovy,' and 'Angel Of The Morning.'
She recorded with Bee Gee Barry Gibb in the late '60s and early '70s for Polydor before moving into stage musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar and later Starlight Express) and session work (her credits during this period included Humble Pie, Nick Drake, Dr John, and Eric Clapton). In the late '80s she scored a Top 20 UK hit fronting the song 'Burn It Up' for The Beatmasters and in the '90s she worked with The KLF, ex-Pink Floyd man, Roger Waters, and the UK rock bands, Primal Scream, and Ocean Colour Scene.
No approaching her seventieth birthday, PP is still in fine voice and can be seen and heard alongside Manfred Man spinoff band, The Manfreds (featuring singers Paul Jones and Mike d'Abo) and UK R&B legend, Zoot Money on the upcoming Maximum Rhythm N' Blues Tour, which crisscrosses the British Isles this coming October, November and December.
SJF's Charles Waring recently caught up with PP to talk about the tour and her career....
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:50