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P.J. Proby


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P.J. Proby, born James Marcus Smith on 6 November 1938, is a singer, songwriter, and actor noted for his voice and his theatrical portrayals of Elvis Presley, plus interpretations of modern standards in the vein of Tom Jones. Until 1961, he used the name Jett Powers.

The stage name P.J. Proby was suggested to him by a friend named Sharon Sheeley (Eddie Cochran’s girlfriend) who remembered the name of an old high school boyfriend.

P.J. Proby did demos for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other artists. His greatest hits are “Somewhere”, “Maria”, “Hold Me”, “Niki Hoeky” and “I Apologise”. In 1996, Marc Almond produced the album Legend which included the duet single “Yesterday Has Gone”.

P.J. Proby is still touring.


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  • handsometexan

    P.J.Proby is the best singer ever! I know he's had his ups & downs & doesn't appeal to everybody but I'm talking about his VOICE! He's a brilliant singer of every type of song. I went to see him in April this year in Nottingham & he was amazing!! 75 years young & non stop onstage for 2 hours 10 minutes. He's absolutely unique & to us fans he's a LEGEND.....when will the rest of the pop music world see that also??

    27 Jul 4:30pm Reply
  • rabbo01

    P.J Proby BRILLIANT...

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • icicle241286

    I guess a cover of "Good Fortune" is out of question, right?

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • braingoing

    He broke the mold. Just a Fantastic Singer and showman

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Fieldsofrice

    Uncle Proby

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • lhodakblerz

    Listen to his version of Bowie's Heroes.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Rosemary For shame!

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • poss77

    Saw P.J.Proby 5 times in 2004 when he toured the East Coast of Australia. Every show he put on was fantastic. I play his music every day. Can't stop thinking about him. Would definatley go and see him again next time he's in Australia. Please come back to us P.J.

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • whitester

    Saw this guy in concert last night in Eastbourne as part of The Sixties Gold concert,and he put on a cracking performance. Keep up the good work old fella !!!

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • realRemox

    hold me :D

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
  • the_flava

    cheesy poo

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Iveldie

    I changed the picture :)

    27 Jul 2008 Reply
  • BearGrove

    THE PROBY-CD WILL BE RELEASED THE 16th OF JUNE 2008 TRACK LISTING FOR NEW P.J.PROBY ALBUM : 1. Try to Forget Her 2. Hold Me 3. Cuttin' In 4 Somewhere 5. Just Like Him 6. Answer Me 7. What's On Your Mind 8. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore 9. My Prayer 10. Mission Bell 11. If I Loved You 12. Maria 13. Quando Tornera 14. I Can't Make It Alone 15. Niki Hokey 16. Mama Told Me Not To Come 17. Give Me Time 18. I'm Coming Home 19. And The Sun Will Shine 20. Delilah 21 Today I Killed A Man 22. Daddy's Home 23. I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind 24. Clown Shoes 25. We'll Meet Again This album is released in celebration of PJ Proby's 70th birthday (in November 2008) It offers a comprehensive overview of his biggest hits and best recordings released for EMI between 1961 and 1972. Thus, appealing to both diehard fans and the casual consumer. Featured are eleven of Proby’s most successful international A&B side singles (such as Top 10 UK hits Hold Me, Somewhere” and “Maria” plus Top 5 Australian hit “Mission Bell”, #1 Swiss hit “I’m Coming Home”, Top 20 Dutch hit “Today I Killed A Man” and Top 30 US hit “Niki Hoeky”); Included are 2 previously unreleased songs plus 8 other tracks appearing on CD for the first time Many of these rarities are penned by popular songwriters, such as Jackie De Shannon, Randy Newman, Gerry Goffin & Carole King, The Gibb Brothers, Les Reed & Barry Mason and even Proby himself; • The song “Delilah” was written especially for Proby by Les Reed and Barry Mason but was never released. Tom Jones went on to have a smash hit with it. • Contained are key tracks from all eight of Proby’s LPs released during this era: “I Am PJ Proby” (1964), “PJ. Proby” (1965), “P.J Proby In Town” (1965), “Enigma” (1966), “Phenomenon” (1967), “Believe It Or Not” (1968), “Three Week Hero” (1969) & “California License” (1970); • The booklet features informative liner notes and many previously unseen promotional photographs from the EMI archives; • Throughout 2008, P.J Proby undertakes an extensive concert tour of major UK towns and cities. This will no doubt generate masses of publicity and interest in his music. Order from or from -AND ASK YOUR LOCAL RECORDSHOP TO ORDER FROM EMI !!

    20 May 2008 Reply
  • BearGrove

    Check the blog : P. J. PROBY - The Liberty / EMI Years (1961-72) !

    4 Feb 2008 Reply
  • BearGrove

    Check the site and read what has happened during 2007 for P.J. Proby :

    3 Dec 2007 Reply
  • ultrafeel

    P.J. Proby rocks!

    28 Nov 2007 Reply
  • BearGrove

    Concerning the new PJP-picture : (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) THIS PICTURE CAN NOT BE USED WITHOUT ANY PERMISSION BearGrove

    18 Aug 2007 Reply
  • BearGrove

    Concerning the proposed pictures for P.J. Proby : Please read the following before uploading : Images should be actual images of the artist or venue. - So I don´t understand why you are suggesting more than 40 YEARS OLD PICTURES !!!! BearGrove

    17 Aug 2007 Reply
  • BearGrove

    Have you read mydolan´s PJP reviews from the 8th & 9th of April ? check : BearGrove

    20 Apr 2007 Reply
  • BearGrove

    can not understand the meaning to vote yes to more than ONE of the suggested official picture for P.J. Proby......... BearGrove

    7 Jan 2007 Reply
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