Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to The Friends of Norman Havelock. I discovered this Artist while shuffling songs on Spotify and I liked his elegant sound.
Norman Havelock died in 2000 but now The Friends of Norman Havelock made his music available on all the digital platforms…isn’t this a great story?
Through a friend of a friend, I had a vague notion that Norman was ‘something’ in the ‘60s, but it took a house clearance and the discovery of some unpublished manuscripts to alert me proper to the great man’s work and influence. Appetite suitably whetted, I went in search of the original recordings, only to hit a brick wall around the time of the great archives fire at Universal in 2008. Undeterred, there was only ever one course of action: I resolved to round up some of today’s finest musical talents and bring these songs back from the dead.
Et, voila! The Friends of Norman Havelock were born!
Needless to say, this story and the sound of Norman Havelock immediately struck me. I felt the wind of freedom and rebellion of the 60s in the music of this great artist.
I imagined being there and living in those magnificent years with my flared trousers, a headband in my hair and a joint in my hands.
Listening to this music is like opening a drawer and finding old yellowed Polaroids inside.
A leap into the past to savor the adventures of those rebellious years.
Never was the moment more propitious to bring these songs back to the surface, the world is going through a difficult time and I feel that this music is therapeutic.
Spring Bank Holiday is The Friends of Norman Havelock‘s Single Out Now!
Just who was Norman Havelock? Iconoclast. Maverick. Curmudgeon….. In 2000, little-known ‘60s songwriter, bandleader and arranger, Norman Havelock shuffled off this mortal coil, a largely forgotten man. Now, 21 years later and for the very first time on Apple Music, Spotify and all major streaming platforms, Norman’s work can finally be given the recognition it deserves.