Star treatment for chart-topper Fame

Georgie Fame
Georgie Fame

Revered musician Georgie Fame will be honoured by his hometown of Leigh on Friday.

The rhythm and blues and jazz artist Clive Powell, known to his fans as Georgie Fame, is the latest person to be awarded a star which will go on show at Believe Square outside Leigh Town Hall.

Georgie, 71, is the only British star to have achieved three number one hits with his only top 10 chart entries which were Yeh, Yeh in 1964; Get Away in 1966 and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967.

The honour will come on the same day the musician also returns to his roots for a performance at Leigh Sports Village as part of the testimonial year for Leigh Centurions player Steve Maden.

After learning to play the piano from a young age the former Leigh Central County Secondary School pupil got his first break at 16 touring with names including Marty Wilde and Eddie Cochran among others.

When Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames formed they reached chart highs with their 60s hits.

Since then he has been known for his collaborations with a collection of some of music’s biggest names such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Wigan’s own The Verve and as a founder member of Bill Wyman’s early band Rhythm King.

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Georgie’s renowned career has spanned more than 50 years and he has brought joy to so many people with his talent. It is only right that we recognise his contribution to Leigh’s cultural legacy and we are delighted his name will join the great figures already awarded a Leigh star.”