Early bloomer Earl Okin reveals 1967 single 'Yellow Petals'

Thursday, September 13 2012

Bang in the middle of the madness that was early August (Olympics, Edinburgh Fringe), there was a cheeky little upload from "international sex symbol and musical genius" Earl Okin.

He republished onto YouTube his first ever single, Yellow Petals, which was recorded in Abbey Road studios and released on October 27 1967 by Parlophone – then the same record label as The Beatles. He was just 20 years old at the time.

And here it is – it's quite the jaunty fellow, if a little melancholic, and the YouTube clip features a cracking photo of Earl loitering around a phonebox (presumably a promo shot for the original release).

Earl was a successful musician for years before turning his hand to comedy, opening for Paul McCartney and the Wings on their 1979 UK tour. Here's a piece Earl wrote exclusively for London is Funny a few years back about his first ever comedy gig, in 1981.


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