A hit? Felixstowe Spa bound Chris Farlowe didn’t even like Out of Time when he first heard it

Out of Time singer Chris Farlowe

Out of Time singer Chris Farlowe - Credit: Archant

Out of Time, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, was a massive hit for Chris Farlowe. It peaked at number one in the UK singles chart in July of 1966, staying there for a week. Farlow wasn’t a fan at first.

Vanity Fare are also on the bill at the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

Vanity Fare are also on the bill at the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion - Credit: Archant

“I knew the Stones before they were the Stones, when they were a mixture of young dudes coming around. They liked to listen to my band, we got chatting, became friends and when they made it they offered to write some songs for me. I didn’t like it when I first heard the demo... I didn’t tell them.

“Mick was playing it on his guitar to me so I didn’t want to upset the horse and cart, look a gift horse in the mouth. When they finished the final song with all the orchestra it was great.”

Out the same month England won the World Cup, perhaps he should re-release it for the upcoming European Championships or better yet the 2018 World Cup?

“I’ve no choice about re-releasing Out of Time, it doesn’t belong to me. It’s up to whatever record company owns it now,” says Farlowe, adding it would be fatal if it got a modern makeover. To him, it feels like the song was only out last year rather than 50 years ago. Not that he thought it’d be a hit.

Rounding out the line-up is Dave Berry

Rounding out the line-up is Dave Berry - Credit: Archant

“I made so many singles. Everyone said ‘oh these are going to be a big hit record’ and they never were so I didn’t take a blind bit of notice of anybody after that. Then Out of Time came out and I still didn’t. Everyone said ‘oh it’s going to be a smash’ and I thought well when it happens I’ll be there and it did.”

It’s the song he’s most well known for, but he doesn’t wish he’d had more chart-toppers.

“I don’t have any regrets. I’m not one of that sort of person who is p****d off because someone else made it bigger than me. I love music,” says Farlowe, one third of the Sixties Seaside Special Triple Bill visiting Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion on March 28.

Music has been his life since he was five-years-old. His mum was a piano player who toured the pubs during and after the war. He’d sit by the side of piano, singing along.

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“I got my biscuit and my lemonade, I was well pleased about that,” he laughs.

Save for the birth of rock and roll, for Farlowe there’s never been an era like the 1960s.

“Sixties music is unique. It was a tough business. When we started we toured all over. I was in Germany for two months in 1961, in Hamburg, and we weren’t earning any money; we were going to the hospital and giving blood for 10 deutschmark to buy some food. In England we travelled everywhere and I remember going to Newcastle in a van. We got £25 for the gig and after we’d taken all the petrol out each member of the band got £1.15 each.”

It’s a far cry from these days.

“We we spent five years touring and getting nowhere, but these young people now who go on X-Factor and all that c**p; The Voice which I think is an absolute joke - it’s just a front for the four people who are voting for them, it’s their ego that’s on show. They haven’t (done) what we called our apprenticeship.

“I don’t really listen to any modern bands. I thought Amy Winehouse was great but there’s not many... All the others like Ed Sheeran, all that lot; I can’t take all them people I’m sorry.”

He’ll be joined by Dave Berry, famous for top 10 songs The Crying Game and Mama; and Vanity Fare, known for smashes like Early in the Morning and Hitchin’ a Ride; at the Felixstowe Spa. He has no qualms about joining the 1960s tours travelling the country.

“I love singing, I love performing,” says Farlow, who has worked with the likes of Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page and has even had Otis Redding singing his praises.

“We have young and old coming to our shows, very young sometimes like 10 and 11-year-olds - they even buy a CD. (Venues) are always packed and they’re going to get a great show.”

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