Coventry Hitmakers

FARDON

Solo artist and lead vocalist with the Sorrows. His powerful vocal style saw him not only chart in the UK twice, but also in America with the ultimate native American protest song Indian Reservation. His first UK hit Belfast Boy was a tribute to footballing legend George Best. Don career took an upward spike in 2011 when his song “I’m Alive” was used for a drinks Company and phone company. Don stands at 6’7” is probably one of the industries tallest singers, even the towering Mick Fleetwood is shorter at just 6’5”. He released Coventry Boy in 2006, an anthology of his career from the Sorrows to the present day and the re-release of Belfast Boy.

 

42_Fardon-002“I was disillusioned with the business, Don reveals,” As I had served an apprenticeship in engineering I got a nine to five job at Whickman’s, swapping my Jaguar for a more modest Morris Minor. It eventually ended up falling to pieces in the road”. He was eventually coaxed back to the industry signing with top London manager Eve Taylor and secured a record deal with CBS and set about releasing the single “It’s been Nice Loving You” a song penned by the great Burt Bacharach (with arrangements by Percy Faith), unfortunately Pye Records claimed that Don was still on their label (a throwback to the Sorrows days). Eventually Pye would back down and the single was released, but despite having the weight of Bacharach & Faith behind it, it failed to do dent the charts.

Don Fardon

 

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