Although Brian Protheroe is regarded as a one hit wonder, how about this glorious seasonal blues from 2010?
Yes well you could be forgiven for saying that. Brian has been an actor since the 60's and whilst he has popped up in various T.V. and film roles the bulk of his work has been theatre based . There are plenty details of his career here Brian Protheroe Website His current role is as Suraman in Lord of the Rings at Drury Lane Theatre.
He has also had a parallel career as a musician and one of my all time favourite singles was 1974's Pinball. The atmospheric eerie timbre of the record and the brief but superb sax solo got to me and always remained on my radar when I made up compilations. I also performed the song solo and in a band.
Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any film record of Brian's TOTP performance with the song. However someone with a sense of humour has posted this on Youtube.
They also cut it short so here is the audio version.
Brian has returned to his musical career at various stages and whilst some of the material was very good it is fair to say that some of it has been distinctly average. Some of the songs have been from stage productions and projects so it is perhaps understandable that quality can be variable.
He produced a DVD single in 2004 comprising two tracks which are well worth sharing. The first audio track is about a summit house on Mount Holyoake in Northampton Massachusetts where Brian was with a theatre company in 2000. The building had been a hotel in the 19th century and something about it caught his imagination. Our old friend Edward Hopper even gets a mention.
The second is Citysong. I like the imagery here and the harmonica solo by Adam Glasser is worth the money on its own. Brian put together the video at home with iMovie.
(Dang! couldn't embed it! – just click on the Youtube logo to view)