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Between 1965 and 72, James Royal (Real name Nairn) released 16 singles on three separate labels. The first credited the Hawks as backing band; the last, Two of Us, was a duet with Liz Christian. All intervening releases were billed as solos. Three follow-ups to She's About A Mover – Work Song, Call My Name and It's All in the Game – all featured on the Radio London playlist, but it was the third release, the soulful Call My Name, that fared best in the Big L Fab Forty, peaking at #13 on February 12th, '67.
Although never featuring at all in the UK Nationals, it went on to be a huge success on the continent. The song was penned by Ralph Murphy, giving him his first songwriting success and launching an illustrious career in the music business. (NB: Call My Name is not the song of the same title by Them (written by Tommy Scott) that had already entered the Fab Forty in March '66.)
The history of James Royal, his backing band and his solo career, as it appears on various internet sites, is fraught with conflicting and confusing information.
The trendily-monikered James Royal Set (sometimes billed - perhaps erroneously - as James Royal and the Royal Set) played both London's Marquee and Dunstable's California Ballroom during 1966, and toured with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins in 1968. Rick Wakeman's keyboard talents were employed for the first of the Beeb sessions. His personal website dates the recording as 1966, but says it was for Radio One, which is not possible, as the station was not on the air till 30th September 1967. (Any sessions laid down prior to that would have been for the Light Programme.) A more probable recording date would be late '67 or '68.
In a Penny Valentine interview on the Yes website yesmuseum.org, Rick Wakeman recalls that the highlight of his week (the year is unspecified) were the rocking sessions at the Red Lion, Brentford, where jammers included, "John Entwistle, James Royal, Nick Simpler, Mitch Mitchell – everyone turned up for these incredible rock and roll evenings, and I was really honoured to be there playing with these great musicians." By Radiolondon.uk.
James Royal - Call My Name
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