Lenny Welch Biography

15 May 1938, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. Treading the same path as Johnny Mathis, Welch built his career singing pop tunes with a hint of R&B flavour and a succinct sweetness in the voice. He began singing professionally in 1958, and signed with Archie Bleyer’s Cadence label in 1960. His record was a remake of an old Jerry Vale hit, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and it went to number 45 on the pop chart in 1960, shaping the course of his career. In 1963 Welch’s remake of the 40s-era big band standard, ‘Since I Fell For You’ turned out to be his biggest hit (US pop number 4). He followed with another revival of a standard, ‘Ebb Tide’ (US pop Top 30 and R&B Top 10 in 1964). The b-side, ‘Congratulations Baby, ’ was a splendid doo-wop song and revealed his R&B origins. Welch signed with Kapp Records in 1965 where his musical direction was increasingly directed towards the MOR style, notably with ‘Two Different Worlds’ (1965). His last pop chart record was minor hit revival of ‘A Sunday Kind Of Love’ (1972), but Welch lingered on the R&B charts until 1974. In the following decades he remained a popular draw on the casino circuit, but also explored other avenues with voiceover work and acting appearances. He made an unexpected return to the recording studio in 2005 to complete It’s All About Love.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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