David with Georgie Fame


Another of Polly’s fine photographs and another exclusive for you.

Georgie Fame is the singer, pianist and organist who is perhaps best known for Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, one of the most popular (and most jazz-influenced) R&B bands on the London club circuit in the early 1960s. They had three number one singles: ‘Yeh Yeh’ in 1965, ‘Getaway’ in 1966 and ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’ in 1967, which was also a Top Ten hit in America in 1968.

Mod icon Fame played organ on all of Van Morrison’s albums between 1989 and 1997, even serving as his musical director. A founder member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, he has also worked with the likes of Count Basie, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Joan Armatrading and The Verve.

He also has a successful solo career, with 1991’s ‘Cool Cat Blues’, 1995’s ‘Three Line Whip’, 1996’s ‘The Blues and Me’ and 2000’s ‘Poet in New York’ helping to establish Fame as a remarkable, much sought-after jazz artiste.

So, there’s another surprise contributor to ‘On An Island’ for you. What do you make of that, then?

Really, some of you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for being so unoriginal and unadventurous with your guesses…

Seen here aboard the Astoria, David is playing a Baby Taylor acoustic: an accurately-scaled three-quarter sized acoustic guitar which, I’m told, is the perfect companion for travelling.

Once more, we’ll leave you with another instalment in the ‘Five favourites’ chart.  (Yes, we’re finished with this one now, don’t worry…) Do let us know what you think. Silly suggestions? Anything missing?

080. Crumbling Land
081. Grantchester Meadows *
081. The Gunner’s Dream *
081. Ibiza Bar *
081. The Nile Song *
081. Take It Back *
086. Not Now John *
086. Point Me At The Sky *
086. San Tropez *
086. Stay *
086. When You’re In *
091. Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two) *
091. Bike *
091. Brain Damage *
091. Cirrus Minor *
091. Eclipse *
091. Flaming *
091. Free Four *
098. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives *
098. It’s Deafinitely *
098. Lucifer Sam *
098. Let There Be More Light *
098. Seamus *
098. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun *
098. A Spanish Piece *
098. Speak To Me *
098. Summer ’68 *
098. What Shall We Do Now? *

* Equal number of votes polled. Alphabetical order, not preference, dictates a song’s order in the chart.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

40 thoughts on “David with Georgie Fame”

  1. I cannot find it now, but several days ago someone wrote that “Dark Side” is the only Floyd/Gilmour album without any acoustic instruments. That person has forgotten the piano in “Great Gig in the Sky.” So had I, until I listened to that album in its entirety today, which I had not done in a while. That is the beauty of the “Dark Side” album: it works quite well as individual songs, but when you take it as one entire piece of music it has a strength that goes far beyond the sum of its parts. One of the things I’ve always loved about Pink Floyd (as well as all the solo projects) is that they use a wide range of instruments. A good example of what I am talking about is the song “Welcome to the Machine.” Acoustic guitar and synthesizer seem an odd combination of instruments, and one can think of many other bands that wouldn’t have even tried it. But in “Machine,” acoustic and electronic instruments are a natural fit.

  2. Georgie Fame!! I’ll drink to that. Never would have guessed. Fantastic…

    “Yeh Yeh” by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames is one of my very favorite songs and has been in heavy rotation in my iTunes for a long time. I remember being knocked out by “Yeh Yeh” in the Sixties. In fact, I’m going to go listen to it right now…

    David, you have great taste. 🙂


  3. Hi David, we are two fans from Montréal. We study at John Abbott College in Theatre Production. Let us work for you for two tickets please..

    We are real fans ):


    Simon & Bryan

  4. Hey! Point me at the Sky! Now, there’s an old tune I really enjoy…that and Crumbling Land are good choices….

    I actually have always been partial to Summer ’68 from Atom Heat Mother, but I can’t imagine Mr. Gilmour performing that one.

    Georgie Fame, huh? I never would have guessed that one…..

  5. I still can’t figure out how no one mentioned “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” by CSN (Maybe “Wooden Ships”?). I think it would be awesome.

    Have a great day.

  6. I’m sorry to post this late but I’ve been out of the loop. I just wanted to post this anyway even though it’s too late.

    1) Dogs
    2) Echoes
    3) Shine On – Parts 1-5
    4) Waiting For the Worms
    5) High Hopes

    Actually it’s very hard to pick a top 5 because Floyd/Gilmour have so many great songs but I can say that I think the first 3 songs are the most amazing songs I’ve heard in my life. I listen to them constantly and I never get sick of them.

    As for the tour, I totally understand and expect to see some Gilmour solo stuff but I think he should perform half solo, half Floyd songs. Out of the Floyd songs, it would be nice to see about 3 deep cuts.

    Speaking for a majority of Floyd fans who will be at the upcoming shows, I think either Dogs or Echoes should be played. I know they are long and maybe difficult to play but this would really make a lot of people happy!! Maybe a poll of most wanted songs played for the tour would prove this. Thanks!!

  7. Well I don’t think any of us were thinking ‘outside the box’ for our suggestions.

    I can’t wait to hear the album when it comes out and also to hear David play live in May (Yes I am lucky).

    I have been a Floyd fan, since as a teenager I heard Breathe played in school assembly after the reading. It was quite good at our school we did not sing hymns every day & the children could pick music appropriate to the reading to play. However the headmaster had the power of veto & some songs did not last long. Luckily for me Breathe lasted & I could not wait to find out who the album was by. I bought DSOTM and have never looked back.

    I am with all you other fans out there who despise the selling of tickets for profit. I think the way to stop the touts is to check the credit card detils that the ticket was booked with match at the entrance to the concert. This is used in all sorts of places now for picking up tickets like Eurostar, where you need the reference number & the card that the ticket was booked with to get your tickets. I can’t see the touts letting you borrow their credit card to get into the concert.

    At the entrance to the gig, is all you need to do is read the barcode on the ticket & swipe your credit card, if the details match, then you can go in. If not, then you have some explaining to do! I know this would stop fans who have bought tickets on ebay, which would be really unfair, but once this practise catches on then it would stop this whole trade dead.

    My top five David Gilmour Tracks are:-

    Wish You Were Here
    Comfortably Numb
    Careful With That Axe Eugene

    I like many others was surprised to see Pow R Toc H in the list, as I thought David did not join Pink Floyd until Saucerful of Secrets.


  8. Oh, so it wasn’t Kate Bush *blush*

    well I would possibly like to see David play one or two cover versions of so-called all time classics or evergreens or whatever. Such things are always fun.

    It#s hard to suggest something here, but what about A Whiter Shade Of Pale?

  9. I think David should play each of the 107 or so suggestions for the “five best” and end with a heartfelt rendition of “What do you want from Me?” I can’t wait to see him in Chicago on April thirteenth.

  10. It’s 5:45 in the morning right now, I must be one of the first reading this. It sounds like Georgie has a great musical background. Who doesnt like a little jazz influence?

    Btw, I think Echoes should be the opener and closer for the shows. There’s nothing more majestic, epic, and moving then Echoes, especially the Live at Pompeii version.

  11. How cool! Georgie Fame a contributor to ‘On An Island’. Should be an interesting blend with David’s style, as Georgie is very jazz-influenced.

    I first saw Georgie back in about 1963 (I think) at the Flamingo in London (and a few other places). He’s a fine musician, and it’s great to know he’s still going strong.

    Of course it was MUCH later (1966) when I first saw Pink Floyd, and later still (1968) when I first saw David perform!

  12. How obvious… Georgie Fame!!! ;^))

    What’s missing???

    10, 15, 20, 23, 27, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40, 41, 44, 45, 47, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 57, 60, 65, 67, 72, 73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97. 99, 100???

    The “feeling” for today is “Obscured By Clouds!!!” and “The Blues And Me!!!” Enjoy!!!

  13. Hi ! And thank you for this very interesting outlet in David’s life, recording his new album.

    For me, as a long “David’s first solo album addict”, Mihalis would be wonderfull as gig-opening.

    Thanx for all this outstanding work David, PF & Solo… incredible 🙂 and BIG UP for the team which is running this site !

    Have a nice day 🙂

    (from montauban / France)

  14. Well that is interesting… It would seem David is doing all sorts of styles….



  15. and the list keeps growing…thats very cool…and just keep rising my expectations for this new record…i´m sure that for me a pink floyd and above all a david gilmour fan this record will not dissapoint anyone…matter of fact e do believe that it could be the best solo album of david gilmour…thanks for the fotos and the chance to comment…keep going

  16. I have never heard “The ballad of Bonnie And Clyde” from Georgie Fame. “Bonnie And Clyde” remembers me the song from Serge Gainsbourg which I know much better. Does these two songs have something in common ?

  17. Is There Anybody Out There.. who saw the About Face 1985 tour and remembers DG’s set list?

    I went with Concert Travel Club or similar from London to Koln (Cologne) for the Dusseldorf show as London tickets went so quickly.

    From memory the show was a good mixture of the 2 solo albums and Comfy Numb, Run Like Hell & WYWHere.

  18. Re:Adrien from france

    I know the feeling mate, I’ve already listened to it 4 times today! especially Mihalis, cry from the street, so far away + its deafinitely the rest of it rocks out hard too, but those 4 are the cream of the crop. Any of the 4 mentioned tracks would go down a treat with me!

    Can I also just say that the DG in concert version of comfy numb with sir bob, that first guitar solo is my favourite of all the versions i have heard, and I have lots of versions! so bah to those who rubbished the track!

    one other thing if the Feature Ed is twiddling his thumbs (highly unlikely with all my spam ;P)

    was the mp3 version of island jam on the official DG website the same as the video clip? (minus the picture ofc)

  19. Georgie Fame!!! My favourite organplayer and great jazz singer too. I´ve been hoping he would someday go back to play with Van Morrison but I didnt see it coming that he would play with David Gilmour.

    Cant wait to hear On An Island.

    Couldent be better.

    So cool.

  20. Wow… 100 songs he can choose from without disappointing a soul, and that doesn’t even include new material or covers (well, new covers anyway). And I can even think of a few more that didn’t even make the list.

    Oh the anticipation. I haven’t felt this way since, well, Live 8. Only then the wait was much shorter.

  21. I can’t express how excited I am for the Chicago shows. I realize that the voting is over, but I am mad for Dave’s rendition of “Dimming of the Day” by Richard Thompson. An accoustic version of “Take it Back” would be great to hear too. However, the one song that is missing thus far which I believe would fit in nicely in an accoustic, intimate setting is “IF”. Any thoughts?

  22. Perhaps it’s just me, but I would love to see David do a bit of his shows in Rosemont in the blues vein. Since he is basically in Chicago, a tip of the hat to the still living blues guitar masters that obviously influenced HIS playing would be great! Maybe having one of the local greats sit in on a slow blues would not only be fun, but rewarding as well.

    There has always been a strong degree of blues phrasing in David’s leads, and the new album is surely going to include plenty of that as well.

    Here’s hoping the blues show up in Rosemont. My wife and I will be at the show on 4/12. We are driving 7 hours to see the show from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m sure it’ll be worth the trip regardless of what David plays. It’ll just be great to see the master at work.

  23. When are we going to get some more video clips to tie in with these artists appearing on Davids new album?

    Can we please have some clips from the making of the album or rehearsals.

    Each of these could generate donations to charity for being able to download the audio or video clips.

    If Rick Wright makes any guest appearances I would love to see him perform The Violent Sequence as used in the film Zabriskie Point (Us and Them without the lyrics) it would make a beautiful piano improvisation, and also play part of Sysyphus from Ummagumma.

  24. i am enjoying this blog hugely. but – am i the only fan who was THRILLED that David sold out in 1 minute? that jacked my chuff-meter up to 11, because it shows how much people love his music!

    well said, tim: ‘play all 107 and then end with… “what do you want from me?!?” ‘ :^D

    hey, how about a Seamus-style dog-and-harp blues WITH 50-cent?

    FEd, thanks for allowing us to have a bit of fun here. can’t help it, we’re so stoked to see this concert – 78 days now, but who’s counting…

    p.s. Georgie Fame! brilliant!

  25. And what about Rick Wright’s contribution on David’s album? Could we have a photo of David and Rick working together? It would be nice…

  26. Georgie Fame is a diamond geezer! Glad to see him involved.

    BTW, Dr Phang… Those numbers aren’t missing from the chart. If ten songs end up having the same number of votes, then how can you put them in numerical order and put one ahead of the other? They are equal, so they must share a specific position in the chart.

    And if there are 10 #54s, for example, then the next number in the chart should be #65 because 10 places are taken up on #54.

    I hope that made sense.

  27. baby blue shuffle in d minor? the country song? anyone…anyone…rain in the country. thanks for compiling the list. we do appreciate it.

  28. 1. I am impressed by the quick sell out (that would be chuffed for those of you across the pond). I hope David absorbs the breadth of his appeal.
    2. Absolutely, David must play all 100 (songs with equal votes to be played simultaneously), in order please, with every guest artist imaginable.
    3. However, to make it truly entertaining, why not add some juggling. Flaming batons, banjos, guitars, perhaps former music colleagues. For the fans, David, broaden your horizons and learn the magic of juggling.
    Just a thought.

  29. Re: Vic… Thank you for your “concise” and “precise” explanation on interpreting “the poll”… ;^)

    You are, of course, quite correct… I was aware of these facts before I made my post… Just a poor attempt at “humor” on my behalf… ;’) Numerical “harmony” within the poll doesn’t seem to be on the cards… Lacking finality??? Missing??? ;^)) I’m “positive” you’ve made things “clearer” for others on the blog though!!! Number “1” is “Comfortably Numb!!!”… Err, um, I think… He he he ha ha ha!!! ;^))

    Tally ho!!!

  30. […who saw the About Face 1985 tour and remembers DG’s set list? – Craig]

    Hello Craig,

    Didn’t see the tour then, I was on holiday with my girlfriend … and I’ll still hold her hand in March & May when we visit David Gilmour. 😉

    According to “Saucerful of Secrets” by Nicolas Schaffner, this was the European setlist in 1984:

    Until We Sleep
    All Lovers Are Deranged
    Love On The Air
    Short & Sweet
    Out Of The Blue
    Let’s Get Metaphysical
    You Know I’m Right
    Run Like Hell
    Blue Light

    Encore: Comfortably Numb

    On several website you’ll find slightly different lists, apparently he played these two songs on several occasions too: Near The End & There’s No Way Out Of Here.

    Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

  31. i love ‘near the end’. it’s lush. it would be great if david could play it on tour, but whatever he plays will be just fine by me!

  32. Interesting to see David with a Baby Taylor. My only acoustic guitar is a Big-Baby Taylor. Quite an impressive guitar given its size and its cost (about $400 in the US, which is low for a good instrument). When I saw “David Gilmour in Concert” DVD, I noticed that he was playing a Taylor. I can’t recollect which model, but it brought a smile to my face just to know that he and I enjoy playing the same type of guitar. Then again, David has so many guitars. In a recent guitar magazine, I was reading an extract from an earlier interview with David where he said that his first guitar was a telecaster.

    I would really be interested to hear about David and his guitar. Any favorite for particular songs? Any modifications to standard edition? Why has he never developed his own “signature” series with Fender for example? How about the EMG pickup system that he uses on some Start? Perhaps Feature Ed can give us some insight on all this? Thanks.


  33. Thanks Nick.

    It’s starting to come back to me now… Chris Slade (ex of M.M. Earth Band on drums). I remember not being bowled over by the version of Money but I enjoyed all the solo stuff especially Short And Sweet and think he closed the main set with Near The End.

    Thanks again – fond memories of that night in Phillippshalle Dusseldorf, 1984 and the day round the bars in Koln drinking Dom pilsner.

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