Originally Posted by RJMan
And.. four pages and no one's mentioned Bryan Ferry? That's tragic. His covers are some of his best work -- from Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall"... his album of Tin Pan Alley songs in 1999 was stellar.
Saint Petersburg, Russia - October 2000
Thank you for reminding me, Sir. The 'obscure' Bryan Ferry outsold all the "well known" pop acts in Russia for the Summer and Autumn.
Standing room only in the minor orchestra hall across from the Grand Hotel Europa. The absolute worst acoustics. Individual hardwood chairs without cushions. No air conditioning. The lyric scarecrow wore his black leather pants. Russia loves Brian Ferry.
Mr. Ferry presented a combination of the earlier (Roxy Music) Avalon
with his 'then current' Tin Pan Alley
But . . . when he sang Slave to Love
, only the first few lines were comprehensible. The enthusiastic and approving crowd prevented any further sanity!