Alan King

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Discographers may want to point out that Scottish rock & roll singer Alan King should not be confused with the chap of the same name, nicknamed "Bam," who played in groups such as the Action and Ace,…
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Discographers may want to point out that Scottish rock & roll singer Alan King should not be confused with the chap of the same name, nicknamed "Bam," who played in groups such as the Action and Ace, to name the first ones to come up in an alphabetical list. Moving on to the letter "B," the British rock audience at large would be even more likely to confuse the album title of the Edinburgh King's band, Blind Faith, with an all-star aggregation with that name that fizzled in the early '70s. Blind Faith has also been used repeatedly as an album title by a series of other bands and performers since Walk on Fire made use of the expression to summarize the band's collection of ten songs released on the Uni label in 1989. Of that set list, vocalist King is credited for writing and co-writing "Caledonia" and "Tell It Like It Is" respectively, both titles coming across as songs somebody else has already written and recorded.

Critics point out, nonetheless, that the latter song is not the soul classic by Aaron Neville. Still, King's masterpiece may not be such an original take on bluntness after all. Describing the singer as "a cross between Sammy Hagar, Rod Stewart, and John Parr," a writer goes on to compare King's "Tell It Like It Is" to Parr's ambulatory ditty entitled "Man in Motion." A pair of other tracks written by guitarist and keyboardist Dave Cairns got reasonable airplay; Walk on Fire halted their career stroll in 1991, however, when guitarist Mike Casswell went out on tour with Brian May of Queen. In 1998 King sang the title role in Jeff Wayne's musical version of Spartacus, joining an impressive cast that includes Anthony Hopkins and, as Spartacus' army, the entire Ladysmith Black Mambazo aggregation.