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Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby 50 Shades Of Blue » 10 May 2020, 21:30

Sweet Pea Atkinson died of a heart attack on the 5th May, aged 74.
He was a vocalist in Was Not Was.
Big guy who always seemed to be wearing a hat and bright coloured suits.
Has a couple of solo albums but spent most of his career as a top notch backing vocalist.
RIP big guy.

A decent background piece on the BBC with some Was Not Was vids (not in a bright suit!)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52571088
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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby Charlie O. » 11 May 2020, 00:09




R.I.P., Sweet Pea.
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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby Neige » 11 May 2020, 06:53

That is sooo eighties, but the singing is great... I never really know whether it's Sweet Pea or Harry Bowens in Was (Not Was), but I do remember those first three albums very fondly!

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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby 50 Shades Of Blue » 11 May 2020, 13:09

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eDJdfcDNKw

Charlie, this kicks the ass of "Knocked Down Made Small" etc. Not as good a title but a better song

and these but Harry has the lead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItfWet5VoZs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbbd9dS-sXo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvX8Ml4X4Vs
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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby Dr. Baron » 11 May 2020, 15:01

Pretty sure he also sang in Lyle Lovett’s Large Band
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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby 50 Shades Of Blue » 11 May 2020, 16:54

Dr. Baron wrote:Pretty sure he also sang in Lyle Lovett’s Large Band


He did. That was his steadiest gig after Was Not Was finished in 2008
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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby Charlie O. » 11 May 2020, 17:34

50 Shades Of Blue wrote:Charlie, this kicks the ass of "Knocked Down Made Small" etc. Not as good a title but a better song

Yeah, probably! But "Knocked Down" was where I first became aware of him, and it's still the first thing I think of when I see/hear his name...
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Re: Sweet Pea Atkinson RIP

Postby Mike Boom » 11 May 2020, 20:02

Mrs Boom is a big fan of Lyle Lovett and we used to go see him and his Large band at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth once a year. Sweet Pea was always fantastic and quite the stage presence, a star in what was a band of shining stars, they were always wonderful shows. RIP