Saturday, April 13, 2013

Karl Denver

An EP on the Decca label from 1962 from a chariy shop in Glossop.  Karl Denver is one of those voices I remember from my youth - on radio shows like Saturday Club etc.

Wikipedia says -   Denver was born Angus Murdo McKenzie in Springburn, Glasgow and was well travelled by the time he took up singing, having had a previous career in the British Merchant Navy. He also had a country music influence, having lived in Nashville, Tennessee for a short time before being deported from there as an illegal immigrant in 1959. In the US, he adopted the new name that he retained for the remainder of his singing career.[4]
In the early 1960s he formed a trio which included Kevin Neil (born 25 July 1931, ManchesterLancashire; died 13 March 2010, Blackley, Manchester) and Gerry Cottrell (born Gerard Cottrell, 18 December 1933, Manchester, Lancashire; died 24 November 2006,[5] at Trafford General Hospital, Urmston, Manchester).
Denver's song, "Never Goodbye", was an entry in A Song for Europe in 1962.
After the mid 1960s, Denver worked mainly on the cabaret circuit. However in 1989 he enjoyed a brief raise in profile after guesting on Madchester band, the Happy Mondayssingle, "Lazyitis (One-Armed Boxer)", on Factory Records (FAC 222). Denver also appeared in The Happy Mondays' video for the song, although he contracted pneumonia whilst filming the video.[1] Following this collaboration Factory released two further Denver recordings, "Wimoweh '89" (FAC 228) and "Indambinigi" (FAC 278; credited to Karl Denver and Steve Lima).
In 1993 he released his final album, Just Loving You, aimed at the country music market. In mid 1998, Denver began recording a new album, but died before full recording of the album was completed. The finished tracks were included on a re-release of Just Loving You entitled Movin' On in 1999. The final song he recorded was I Can't Go On This Way.

Karl Denver  -  Marcheta/ Mexicali Rose

Karl Denver  -  Never Goodbye/ A Little Love , A Little Kiss

1 comment:

Reimer said...

Glossop? I know it well...