Singer – songwriter and actor Brian Protheroe, best know for the cult ‘70’s hit ‘Pinball’, is set to release a new single on the 16th of August 2019.
‘Enjoy It’, re – recorded and revamped with producerand long time collaborator Julian Littman,is the follow up to last years‘Don’t Look Down’ single which featured British blues legend Paul Jones on harmonica and is available digitally at all the usual major outlets.
Effortlessly crafted pop, the original version of ‘Enjoy It’ was initially planned as the follow up to the aforementioned ‘Pinball’ release nearly forty five years ago, but Protheroe’s label Chrysalis Records were wary of the song’s lyric – he explains:
“As a follow up to ‘Pinball’ I was keen to release ‘Enjoy It’ from my second album ‘Pick Up’. I put the idea to Chrysalis and thought it had been accepted, but the next time I was in the company’s reception I noticed some boxes of singles waiting for collection. The singles were ‘Fly Now’ – a song of mine they’d decided to put out instead without telling me! It’s been at the back of my mind for a while to revisit the original ‘Enjoy It’ multitrack and have a go at a remix adding a horn section and extra percussion which I’ve now done with Julian Littman of Steeleye Span”.
Inspired by Cliff and The Shadows, in his early teens Brian was the lead singer of a UK band called The Coasters in 1961 and at the same time also enrolled in an amateur theatre group called The Studio Theatre. He joined Folk Blues Incorporated (FBI) when he was nineteen and came to London, playing in folk music clubs in and around the city. In 1966, Protheroe began his acting career and spent the next five years in various theatre companies developing his musical skills as well as becoming an experienced actor. In 1973, Protheroe was playing the part of a pop singer in a play, Death on Demand, when a Chrysalis Records rep heard a song he had written for the show and the label signed him. The debut single ‘Pinball’ was released in August 1974 and peaked at number 22 in the UK Singles Chart. He released three albums over the next couple of years, but a developing acting career had found him and he temporarily shelved his career in music and focused successfully on theatre, television, and film.
Brian Protheroe continues to work in theatre and television and will soon be appearing in a new BBC sitcom called Scarboroughwritten by Derren Litten and starring Jason Manford and Stephanie Cole.For the last few years Brian has also narrated First Dates on Channel 4.