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Julie Felix - Dario's Musical Memory Lane!

Julie Felix singing her hit song “Going to the Zoo”

Julie Felix -“Britain’s First lady of Folk ” I first heard Julie Felix sing her hit single  “Going To The Zoo” when she appeared at the popular Leicester  Jazz Club, to a packed and enthusiastic audience and we sat on the floor in a large circle around her. It was a happy and informal performance of her singing and playing her guitar without a band in support and we all joined in on the choruses of the folk songs she performed so well for us.

I  had no idea at the time, that a few years later I would appear on a professional stage on the same bill with her on more than one occasion.  We also shared another thing  in common; her record  producer the famous Mickie Most, was one of the jurors on TV programme on which Delia and I appeared.

She was modest always very kind to me and even a little shy. Julie Felix is a  Gentle person with a lovely voice, who I have been privileged to have met!

Julie Ann Felix was born in Santa Barbara, California and is a folk rock recording artist, who was notably produced by Mickie Most on his RAK Records label.
She graduated in 1956 from the original high school in Westchester, Los Angeles, California. The same year that she arrived in the United Kingdom, she became the first solo folk performer signed to a major British record label, when she got a recording contract with Decca Records. By 1965, she was a headlining performer, referred to in The Times as ‘Britain’s First Lady of Folk’. By the end of that year, she had filled the Royal Albert Hall for one of her concerts

In 1966 she became the resident singer on the popular BBC TV programme The Frost Report, presented by David Frost, and from 1968 to 1970, she hosted her own TV shows on the BBC, including the series Once More With Felix (the first episode was transmitted on 9 December 1967).  Among those featured on her show were Leonard Cohen, The Kinks, and Led Zeppelin’s lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, who played the “White Summer” and “Black Mountain Side” guitar solo pieces.

On 1 May 1967 she appeared on the German TV show Beat-Club; in September 1968 at the International Essen Song Days. Her late 1960s recordings included Going to the Zoo, a collection of children’s songs on Fontana Records, and in 1969 she was one of the artists featured at the Isle of Wight Festival.

She had two UK Singles Chart hits in 1970. The first was with the song entitled “If I Could (El Cóndor Pasa)”, whilst the second, marginally less successful, was called “Heaven is Here”.

She toured New Zealand in 1973. In the mid 1990s, Felix released her first new album in a decade, Bright Shadows, on her own label, Remarkable Records.[2] On 24 March 2008 she appeared on a BBC Four programme in which stars of The Frost Report gathered for a night celebrating 40 years since Frost Over England; Felix sang “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

She has appeared at the Wynd Theatre, Melrose, Scottish Borders, on an annual basis over the past few years. She now lives in Hertfordshire, England, and is still recording and performing, appearing on stage on her 70th birthday in 2008. (extract Wikipedia)

Julie Felix — 1964 (Decca)
2nd Album — 1965 (Decca)
3rd Album — 1966 (Decca)
Sings Dylan And Guthrie — 1966 (Decca)
Changes — 1966 (Fontana) — UK – In Concert — 1967 (World)
Flowers — 1967 (Fontana)
This World Goes Round And Round — 1968 (Fontana)
Julie Felix’s World — 1968 (Fontana)
Going To The Zoo — 1969 (Fontana)
Clotho’s Web — 1972 (RAK)
Lightning — 1974 (EMI)
Hota Chocolata — 1977 (Monte Rosa)
Colours In The Rain — 1982 (Scranta)
Blowing In The Wind — 1982 (Scranta/Dingle’s)
Amazing Grace — 1987 (Starburst)
Bright Shadows — 1989 (Remarkable)
Branches In The Mist — 1993 (Remarkable)
Windy Morning — 1995 (Remarkable)
Fire — My Spirit — 1998 (Remarkable)
Starry Eyed And Laughing: Songs By Bob Dylan — 2002 (Remarkable)
Highway of Diamonds — 2008 (Remarkable)
“If I Could (El Cóndor Pasa)” — 1970 (RAK) — UK
“”Heaven is Here” — 1970 (RAK) — UK

Dario Poli


Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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