After childhood TV appearances, Earl was first signed to Dick James after The Beatles but before Elton John. He recorded his first single at Abbey Road for EMI-Parlophone in 1967 and another for CBS in 1969 (this latter track was later covered by Helen Shapiro).
Also during the 60s, his songs were covered by Cilla Black and Georgie Fame.
During the 70s, he sang extensively at folk clubs, gradually being used more and more as 'support act' on tours with everyone from Ralph McTell to Fairport Convention. Later in the 70s, this was expanded to other genres and Earl opened for Jean-Luc Ponty, Van Morrison and was the only support act aver used by Paul McCartney and Wings.
Earl continued to write songs in a wide variety of genres from pop and rock through to Jazz and Bossa Nova etc., while his live performances widened to include his other career as a headline comedy act, though always with music. Some of his songs, therefore, are comedy songs.
This was how he was most recently signed (SONY 2004) for a CD called Musical Genius & Sex Symbol. However, he has also produced two CDs of his 'straight' music.
Bossa Britanica is a mixture of his own Jazz and Bossa Nova songs mixed with classics from the pen of giants such as Duke Ellington and Antonio Carlos Jobim. By contrast, Songs From A Garden Shed is a mixture of 16 songs, all self-written and in widely differing genres.
Earl was 'ident' on MYV2 a couple of years ago, which brought him a whole new raft of younger fans and his clips are all over YouTube.
Earl is still in high demand for live work all over the world in both Music and Comedy contexts (plus corporate and TV work) and even gets asked to guest with young bands such as Boy Kill Boy.
Last but not least, the recent return of Variety finds Earl highly sought after.
However, singing and songwriting remain his first loves.
Earl's full gig list both in the UK and abroad can be found at...
...along with 9 of Earl's songs in varied genres.
To see Earl with his comedy hat on, search for his clips at...