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The Fortunes are an archetypal English beat group. Formed in Birmingham, The Fortunes first came to prominence and international acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles" broke into the American and British Top Tens. In 1966, their manager Reginald Calvert was shot dead in a dispute over Pirate radio stations.
Classic band line-up
- Rod Allen - born Rodney Bainbridge, 31 March 1944, Leicester – died 10 January 2008, Coventry - lead vocalist and bassist
- Glen Dale - born Richard Garforth, 24 April 1943, Deal, Kent - guitarist - up to 1966
- Shel Macrae - born Andrew Raeburn Semple, 8 March 1943, Burnbank, Scotland - co-lead vocalist, guitarist - from 1966
- Barry Pritchard - born 3 April 1944, Birmingham – died 11 January 1999 - guitarist
- Andy Brown - born Andrew Brown, 7 January 1946, Birmingham - drummer
- David Carr - born 4 August 1943, Leyton, London - keyboards
BiographyFollowing in the wake of Merseybeat, and the R&B of The Rolling Stones, The Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of pop, with their sophisticated orchestration, dual lead vocals and well worked counter-melodies.
The result was a succession of distinctive hits including "You've Got Your Troubles", "Here It Comes Again" (both 1965), and "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again"; even continuing into the 1970s with more globally successful releases such as "Storm in a Teacup" and "Freedom Come, Freedom Go".
Originally a trio called The Cliftones, Their first recording in 1967 was a version of the theme tune, "Things Go Better With Coke", but they are most remembered for introducing the 1969 new slogan recording, used as the main theme for Coca-Cola on both radio and television commercials; "It's The Real Thing".
Present day historyFounding member, and lead vocalist, Allen continued fronting an ever changing version of The Fortunes from 1963 up to his death.
The Fortunes were awarded a gold disc in 1987, for over 100,000 sales of their All The Hits and More album.
UK chart hit singles
U.S. chart hit singles
- "You've Got Your Troubles" - 1965 - Number 7.
- "Here It Comes Again" - 1965 - Number 27.
- "This Golden Ring" - 1966 - Number 82.
- "That Same Old Feeling" - 1970 - Number 62 (competing with the original version by Pickettywitch).
- "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" - 1971 - Number 15.
- "Freedom Come, Freedom Go" - 1971 - Number 72.
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