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Another Blast From The Past  PJ  PROBY PJ Proby was born James Marcus Smith in Houston TX, 11/06/38. I don't know what show this was from, but "Hold Me" was a big hit for Proby in 1964. There's a story about him that goes something like this: PJ was known for his exhausting visional stage performances. It was one of these performances on January 29, 1965, at Fairfield Hall, Croydon in London that Proby, who was the first male ever to wear his hair in a pony tail in the last century at least, burst out of his skin tight velvet bell-bottoms doing his act, based on the black shows he had been used to attending in the rougher areas of Downtown LA. He explained to the frantic press that the ripped clothing was an accident due to the weak velvet material, but when two days later the same thing again happened, the audiences were wild with excitement, as they had never witnessed such body movement onstage or such provocative mood and they loved him. However, the British system that governs the music scene was less enthusiastic. PJ was banned from all theaters in Great Britain and not allowed to perform his recordings on the B.B.C. or A.T.V. television stations. By February 24th, Proby was unable to perform almost anywhere although he was headline news in every newspaper.
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Added: 6th November 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-07 
I've never heard of this guy. How is that possible?
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2007-11-07 
Me Eithier Liked his Intro then thought gonna be slow Then he whips out the Harp Cool The dancers were cool too! Thanks Naomi
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-11-07 
I don't know why neither one of you remembers him, his songs were on the radio all the time in the 60's, unless it was before your time??
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-07 
Well, I was born in 1964, but I don't use that as an excuse. I listen to oldies stations all the time and I buy oldies CDs. Yet, I don't know P.J. Proby at all. Maybe he just had a regional following in your area, Naomi.
Posted by: Teresa on 2007-11-07 
sorry, me neither . . but i really like his sound! i was born in '58 . .
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-08 
Apparently P.J. Proby isn't even a household name in his own household.
Posted by: Guido on 2007-11-08 
I remember this song. Although his name has been obscured by many with the passage of time, he has a homepage that contains current info at http://www.proby.co.uk/
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