Earl Okin

 

Musician, recording artist, song writer and comedian extraordinaire.

Earl Okin (born 31 January 1947) is a London singer-songwriter, musician and comedian.

Born in Carshalton, Surrey, he has lived in Notting Hill since he was five years old, holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1968) and worked as a schoolmaster for 11 years before going full-time

 

Earl Okin at the Grapevine Rye

 

Earl Okin is one of the world’s finest songwriters and in a variety of genres from Pop/Rock to Jazz, from Bossa Nova to Ballads

Hugely melodic and always based on musically satisfying chord sequences.

His more recent songs are often in the genre of such classic songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington,

Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin etc.

These are all among Earl’s heroes, though his first influence was the music of Puccini and Verdi, still major loves in Earl’s life.

Earl was first signed to the same company as The Beatles, recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1967.

At that time, his songs were also covered by

Helen Shapiro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtRuFs4Wtmw

Cilla Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnZdkSWhee0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhBmfSkWYPs

and Georgie Fame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3puBx5zBCc

Earl was the only performer ever to open for Paul McCartney & Wings, which he did in 1979.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQschyFvAE0

 

Website:  Earl Okin