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The Fortunes pictured in 1965
The Fortunes pictured in 1965

Pop into the past

Pete Chambers
In the first of a new series, to be broadcast on the Bob Brolly show every Friday, Pete Chambers takes a look at pop music from the past starting this week with The Fortunes.


Fascinating facts on The Fortunes

Bob Jackson's first professional band was Coventry's own Indian Summer, a prog rock band who shared management with Black Sabbath.

The band's original name was The Clifftones before they became The Merry Men, The Fortunes Rhythm Group and finally The Fortunes.

The Fortunes provided voices for the US Coca-Cola commercials, singing The Real Thing in their signature harmonies and they can still be heard today.

You can catch The Fortunes, alongside The Barron Knights, The Tremeloes and Marmalade in Call Up The Groups at Leamington's Spa Centre on 10 March and Bedworth Civic Hall on 2 April.

In a new feature on the Bob Brolly afternoon show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, local music expert Pete Chambers takes a look back at the best in pop music from the past.

Every other Friday from 3pm, Pete will be on air to talk about the bands, singers and songs that made Britain swing during the 50s, 60s and 70s. You can also take a trip down memory lane with the songs themselves.

This week, Pete takes a look back at Brummie beat merchants The Fortunes, who are still on the road now.

The Fortunes by Pete Chambers

The Fortunes originally formed in Birmingham in the early sixties and first came to prominence when pirate radio station Radio Caroline adopted their single Caroline as a theme tune.

UK and US hits followed, like You've Got Your Troubles and Here It Comes Again, but after that initial success the hits dried up in the mid-60s.

All was quiet until they reinvented themselves for the 70s and stormed the charts again with Freedom Come, Freedom Go and Storm in a Teacup.

Ten years ago, Coventry musician and former member of Badfinger Bob Jackson joined the band and they still tour and release their super close harmony music.

Bob Jackson will be joining Bob and Pete for a chat during the show on Friday, 4 March.

Coming next week are Pinkerton's Colours, one of Rugby's best beat bands.

You can read Pete Chambers' Backbeat music nostalgia column in the Coventry Evening Telegraph every Tuesday.

last updated: 18/03/05
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