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Biography

The life of James Marcus Smith began on November 6th 1938 at Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas (USA).

As a young boy, Jim, like many others was influenced by black Negro musicians and their music. In spite of the racism that ruled heavily in the Southern States, he listened to all the Baptist Gospel singers around his area on Sundays and sang along with them. In those days nearly ... Read more in Amazon's P.J. Proby Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00002517L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Somewhere
2. I Apologise
3. No Other Love
4. Some Enchanted Evening (1998 Digital Remaster)
5. That Means A Lot
6. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
7. Maria=duplicate
8. Hold Me=duplicate
9. Together
10. Don't Worry Baby
11. You've Come Back
12. To Make A Big Man Cry (1998 Digital Remaster)
13. I Can't Make It Alone (2003 Digital Remaster)
14. You Can't Come Home Again (If You Leave Me Now)
15. Question
16. It's Your Day Today
17. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

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CD-EMI-20 HITS 724349617926

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
P J Proby (born James Marcus Smith) had the raw talent to be hailed as a megastar across the world but he also had an uncanny knack of creating problems for himself. After failing to establish himself in his American homeland, Jack Good of Liberty records took him to the UK, where he had a string of hits, some of which also charted in America though he never made any real impact there. P J is generally remembered as a balladeer but he could rock too.
Following three UK top ten hits (all covers of old songs) beginning in the summer of 1964, he looked set for a long run of success when he did a live show in which his trousers split. In view of this episode, it is slightly amusing to read the titles of his first five UK hits in sequence. The first three (Hold me, Together, Somewhere) were followed by another cover (I apologise), which just missed the UK top ten. Next came another top twenty hit (Let the water run down) followed by a top thirty hit (That means a lot). Of these singles, Hold me was his biggest hit but Somewhere (a cover of the West side story classic) is the song the P J is best remembered for.
Following those singles, P J covered another West side story song (Maria), which became his fourth and last UK top ten hit. His UK chart history is completed by four lesser hits (You've come back, To make a big man cry, I can't make it alone, It's your day today), the last of these being in early 1968.
All these hits are here together with several other songs that show just how talented P J was. I should just warn those unfamiliar with his music that his covers were sometimes a bit over the top - not everybody will appreciate his versions of Somewhere and Maria - but this was the sixties, remember.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 26 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
That was a joke-R.I P in his case stands for "Ripped 'Is Pants"! Or just plain RIP!
The man who once challenged Tom Jones to a Vocal Battle on stage-which the Welshman ignored-probably had every right to do.After all removing Proby from the ABC circuit left it wide open for Jones to become a star!
The American singer made his own rules.His first recordings were made in the States for the Design label under the name of Jett Powers his next for Liberty including a song called Wicked Women which Jack Good played to the Beatles when he brought the man over for the TV show Around the Beatles.For this disc the recently christened P J Proby-courtesy of songwroter Sharon Sheeley-became Orville Woods and passed himself off as a black singer.John Lennon apparantly believed it WAS a black singer!
So after his appearance on the Beatles show he signed to Decca conveniently forgetting he was signed to Liberty (mainly as a songwriter).
This was another side of Proby-he had at least middling success with songs like Ain't gonna kiss you-which had about 6 versions out the biggest of which was the one by the Searchers-and Clown Shoes recorded by Johnny Burnette a fellow Liberty artist.
For Decca he decided to copy the Beatles and why not? Hold me-a song previously made by Dick Haymes-began the run of hits into at least 1967 when Proby recorded a string of covers-some of which were straight versions rather than Merseybeat stylings like his 2 Decca singles.Which is the proof he made his own rules but whether his version of I apologise had anything to do with the pant splitting episode depends on what his idea was in choosing this title!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The BlackFerret on 13 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jim Proby lies somewhere between the 2nd & 3rd Divisions of rock history, and that's one darn tootlin' shame. He should have been much bigger.

Proby was always a major image star, but, music first, virtually every hit he had is on here & some remain excellent. There's a few album tracks, too, and no remixes, thank God. It's as it was in the 60's.

Jim Proby dripped style,languid grace and arrogance. Until he got on stage! Then he flowed all that & more! Unlike a number of 60's beat era stars, Proby was usually white-hot on stage.

There was little point being either an upcoming act or another established star on his tour packages. If Jim was on form,as he usually was,the rest might as well have adjourned to the snug of the Red Lion for two halves of bitter & a packet of crisps for all the audience reaction they would get!

So, why did Jim not become a God of rock? Not because all his major hits were old tunes, Maria & Somewhere were only 6/7 years old,Let the Water Run Down was no more than 3, and his radical reinterpretation of 30's Big Crosby tunes Hold Me & I Apologize still sound fresh and exciting 43 and 42 years on respectively.

He also did have trouble at one stage getting correctly-fitting strides,of course. But, as everyone will tell you,even in 1964/5,the ONLY bad publicity was NO publicity!

There were two reasons Jim comparatively faded away, undeservedly or not. One was the fact he always did covers & never wrote his own songs.
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