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The Fortunes


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There are at least three artists by the name of The Fortunes.

1. The Fortunes were an English beat group. Formed in Birmingham, The Fortunes first came to prominence and international acclaim in 1965, when “You’ve Got Your Troubles” broke into the American and British Top Ten.

Following in the wake of Merseybeat, and the R&B of the Rolling Stones, The Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of pop, with their sophisticated orchestration, dual lead vocals and well worked counter-melodies.

The result was a succession of distinctive hits including “You’ve Got Your Troubles”, “Here It Comes Again” (both 1965), and “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again”; even continuing into the 1970s with more globally successful releases such as “Storm in a Teacup” and “Freedom Come, Freedom Go”.

Originally a trio called The Cliftones, their first single “Summertime Summertime” went unnoticed, but the follow-up in 1964, “Caroline”, was used as the signature tune for the influential Pirate Radio station Radio Caroline. The Fortunes had a steady succession of world-wide hits culminating in 1972, with the release of “Storm in a Teacup”. During this period, The Fortunes were also one-time the voices for the US Coca Cola adverts (“It’s The Real Thing”).

Founding member, and lead vocalist, Rod Allen has continued fronting an ever changing version of The Fortunes since 1963.

The Fortunes were awarded a gold disc in 1987, for over 100,000 sales of their All The Hits and More album.


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