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Joan Armatrading

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Basseterre, Saint Kitts (1966 – present)

Joan Armatrading MBE (born Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading in Basseterre, Saint Kitts on 9 December 1950) and brought up in Birmingham, England, is a British singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Armatrading has mixed eclectic musical styles over decades of recording and performing. She has had several British hit singles, the biggest of which were “Love & Affection”, “Me Myself I”, and “Drop the Pilot”. Her music is generally pop, with forays into rock, folk, jazz, and even reggae. Her popularity is primarily as an album artist.

She gained a new audience following her writing and performing “The Flight of the Wild Geese”, which was used during the opening and end titles for the 1978 film The Wild Geese.

Armatrading first performed in a concert at Birmingham University for her brother at the age of about 16 (circa 1966). She only knew her own songs, but her brother asked her to perform something that would be familiar to the audience; she chose “The Sound of Silence”.[9] She then performed her own songs around the local area with a friend from school, and played bass and rhythm guitar at local clubs.

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  • AnarchyKM

    "Tall in the saddle" is one of the best songs of all time!

    7 Apr 5:58am Reply
  • johnhunt1973

    I have her first album and the 'Love and Affection' compilation. Any advice on which of her other albums to buy first?

    17 Mar 6:16am Reply
  • Wuhdo

    Oz

    18 Jan 11:30pm Reply
  • mrmocha

    I could have used 4 more albums in the vein of Walk Under Ladders.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    It really makes me sad that I've never listened to her until now! she's so amazing. i love It Could Have Been Better <3

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • lesliedahlink

    Underrated. Her self titled album is great.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • cliffdvr

    Can someone please fix this all-caps situation?

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rOOm-on-fire

    grande musicienne découverte bien trop tard

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sonnya66

    I've been a fan of Joan since I was 14, that's just over 30 years ago. She is an amazing talent. Was big in the 80's and had a few in the top 20. Went to see her in December 2012.. lost count how many times now. And I did meet her about 20 years ago where she signed a few albums and CD covers for me. Lovely lovely lady.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Beatofthdrum

    I agree, Joan isn't very famous, but she is great!

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Apart from the odd single here and there never really listened to this lady but just listened to her first album and now on second so will be trying her catalogue sooner.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • leinadrebuh

    Joan is a wall, and it`s a pretty one! LOVE

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Joan Armdtrading - saw this fantastic Artist a while ago and forgot her ..... Her songs are fantastic - I love her Music .... I'm happy to have found her again - FANTASTIC ,,,,,,

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Great Singer

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tim_ledger

    Hi fans, Thought I’d pop by and let you know about some of the coverage we (Absolute Radio) collected for you at the Isle of Wight festival. We have highlights from Joan’s live main stage set, including the tracks 'Love and Affection,' 'Drop The Pilot,' 'Best Dress On,' 'Me Myself I' and 'Starlight.' All available here - http://absrad.io/MHOnHu All the best and enjoy, Tim from Absolute Radio

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Thank you Jim... (( *_* )) Very nice song ..

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PNssupCANDY

    fell in love after hearing her song at burberry prorsum fashion show...(2)

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • irisofthevalley

    fell in love after hearing her song at burberry prorsum fashion show...

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • aeshwarya

    the weakness in me!<3

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bose-Man

    On this day... Joan Armatrading born in 1950,JOAN ARMATRADING - WILLOW http://youtu.be/RW4GRUi2dxo

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
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