Wednesday, June 29, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bertie Higgins
Album:Classic Soft Rock: Summer Breeze
Key Largo was the only significant hit for singer songwriter Bertie Higgins. He had another chart hit so technically he is not a one hit wonder. But most folks will only remember Key Largo. He was born Dec. 8, 1944 in Tarpon Springs, FL. In the 60s, he was drummer for Tommy Roe's touring band The Roemans. They released a few unsuccessful singles but mostly toured the world with Roe. By 1968, Higgins was burned out and returned home to Florida. He moved to Atlanta in 1980 and met producer Sonny Limbo. Limbo was a recording engineer who was a part of the early career of country music group Alabama. He set up a meeting with veteran music publisher Bill Lowery. Lowery liked Key Largo and got Higgins a recording deal with Kat Family Records with distribution by Epic. Key Largo topped the Adult Contemporary chart and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is obviously about the 1948 film Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. There's also a song Casablanca on his album Another Day In Paradise and that song was a big hit in Japan. He recorded one more album for Epic in 1984. Bertie Higgins continues to record on his own label and tour with his group The Band Of Pirates. His son Damian Higgins is a DJ and producer known as Dieselboy. His son Julian Higgins is an aspiring film director and dad has been helping him get established. You can get Key Largo on this 2CD Time Life various artists comp. Here's the video for Key Largo by Bertie Higgins.