This is a lighthearted spoof of Kelvin’s January 1982 Fairfield Halls concert depicting Kelvin performing on stage with country steel-guitarist and six-string guitar-picker John Edmed and many-times-published-and-recorded guitarist songwriter Rod Harrison, who have both worked with more celebrities than you or I have had hot dinners.
Other well-established recording and performing artistes appearing with him at the event who also happened to be local musicians were Peter Sarstedt of ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely” fame: and original Boney M. chartbuster, Marcia Barrett. The illustration made in February after the concert and shown here was outlined in black ink and coloured with pastel pencil.
The concert was a conclusive success and Kelvin went on to appear at various prestige venues including a special feature in Madrid as an Elvis impersonator. He also released some recordings of his original material. Apart from Elvis Presley, Kelvin’s earliest influences included Bing Crosby and the Inkspots, whose vocal harmonies opened his ears to his own potential.
As Kelvin’s musical style developed and public performances and recording took over, other emerging influences of his numbered among the likes of Neil Diamond and J. J. Cale.
Kelvin is a naturally gifted harmonizing vocalist and among the best harmonies I’ve ever experienced on recordings I have sung on, have been those by Kelvin James and those by Rodney Harrison.
Dave Draper, Spring 2014
John Edmed [Located in Art under Portrait and Caricatures]
James Dean [Located in Art under Portrait]