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Duffy Power

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Duffy Power (born Ray Howard, 9 September 1941, Fulham, West London) is an English blues and rock and roll singer, who achieved some success in the 1960s and has performed and recorded intermittently since then.

He was discovered in 1959 by impresario, Larry Parnes, singing at a talent show with his group Duffy and the Dreamers. He was renamed Duffy Power in the style of Parnes’ other discoveries, such as Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Vince Eager and Georgie Fame. He recorded a series of cover versions of such songs as “Dream Lover” and “Ain’t She Sweet” as singles for the Fontana label over the next two years, but unlike some of his stablemates failed to achieve commercial success.

Duffy left Parnes in 1961, suffering from depression. However, he was introduced by a friend to the growing London blues club scene, and in 1963 teamed up with Graham Bond, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and John McLaughlin to record “I Saw Her Standing There”, one of the first cover versions of a Beatles song. He continued to record for Parlophone Records through the 1960s, both as a solo artist, often backed by top session musicians, and with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, but the critical acclaim for his performances failed to be matched by sales.

Power also worked as a session musician, and played on the soundtrack of the 1969 film, The Italian Job.

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