Prior to the release of a new box set on Cherry Red Records, singer – songwriter and actor Brian Protheroe, best know for the cult ‘70’s hit ‘Pinball’, is set to release a new single on the 15th of May 2020.
‘Fly Now’, remixed and revamped with producer and long time collaborator Julian Littman, is the follow up to last Summer’s ‘Enjoy It’ single which has amassed over 400,000 plays on Spotify and was Robert Elm’s Record Of The Week on BBC London.
Infectious timeless pop, the original version of ‘Fly Now’ was released in 1974 and was the second single after the aforementioned ‘Pinball’ to feature on singer’s debut album of the same name on Chrysalis Records. A live favourite at the time of release, Prothereoe recently re tweaked the tune and has added new girl backing vocals to give the song a contemporary feel and a rejuvenated energy.
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.
The advent of the internet saw a resurgence in interest for his music and he released the ‘Citysong’ album in 2005 followed by a greatest hits collection called ‘Pinball and Other Stories’ in 2006. A popular addition to ‘The London Playlist’ on the Robert Elms show, Noel Gallagher recently cited ‘Pinball’ as an influence on the opening track on his ‘Chasing Yesterday’ album from 2015 after being introduced to the song by Morrissey.
Listen – ‘Pinball’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQuCqNVdxTc