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Linda Nicholas born Linda Hoile13 Aprilknown by her stage name Linda Hoyleis a singer, songwriter and art therapist. She is best known for her work with the band Affinity —as well as for her collaboration with Karl Jenkins on her album Pieces of Meproduced in An Opera in 9 Paintings — about a couple on an awkward date at an art gallery — which debuted on June 3, to sold-out performances  at Museum London, Canada.
Linda was born and grew up in Hammersmith, London. For the first decade of Linda's life, the family lived in a small ground-floor flat with few Relelor Și Bunelor - Maria Lia Bologa - Duce-m-aș Câtă Sibiu. Nevertheless, on a Saturday, Dick would buy a new 78 rpm jazz record which was played for the family to dance to.
Oddities from s and 30s jazz were the backbone of Linda's musical experience, stirred into Madge's attempts to introduce classical music — Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, Elgar. She was told in no uncertain terms by her music teacher, Miss Cooper, that she showed no ability.
However, she happily sang Everly Brothers songs, in harmony with friends, in the echoing school toilets. Wendy Hoile, Linda's younger sister, was able to sing in harmony from a very young age.
She played guitar and sang in a band, Blanch Carter and the Lounge Lizards, in the late s and early 70s. They performed together often at family gatherings and parties, sometimes using the family convector heater, a Valor, as a primitive piece of echo Journeys End - Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me reverb equipment, singing into it even when it was lit.
Linda's main vocal influence, Billie Holidaywas introduced to her at 16 by a family friend who played her " Strange Fruit ". After finishing at Chiswick County, Linda worked for a year at Hammersmith Hospital as a trainee Laboratory Technician, followed by a three-year teacher training course at Wall Hall College of Education, Hertfordshire.
It was during this time that a flurry of interchangeable jazz-rock bands were playing at Sussex, culminating in a decision by Naiff, Foster and Grant Serpell to pursue playing professionally.
Naiff, at the time enrolled to do a MSc in Mathematics, dropped out of his course after a few months, renting a bungalow on the South Downs to organise the band.
Mike Jopp was recruited as lead guitarist, and after considering male singers it was decided to take the risk of having a female front the band. Although in a previous incarnation the band had been known as "Ice", the name Affinity was chosen.
Naiff, particularly, was a huge fan of Oscar Peterson, after whose Journeys End - Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me the name was chosen. The shift of Linda's name from Hoile to Hoyle occurred early in her singing career. Journalists and interviewers invariably spelt it incorrectly as Hoyle, a much more common spelling. The band quickly found work and their first live performance was in London at the Revolution on Bruton Street inwhich was managed by an insomniac businessman, Jim Carter-Fea, who also owned the Speakeasy and the Pheasantry in Chelsea.
The Revolution was, in the late s, a hot spot for celebrities. Affinity, over its many engagements there, had in their audience at various times Judy Garland, John Lennon and Stevie Wonder, the latter taking to the stage to play harmonica with the band. Foster, in many ways the most enterprising member, introduced the band to Ronnie Scott 's management, who at the time were looking for new bands to play Upstairs at their renovated club. Almost immediately signed, they spent three years under contract, starting early in This encouraged them to become more demanding of their own musical creativity.
At the time of Affinity's appearance opposite McCann in JulyHoyle was interviewed by Melody Maker and spoke about her musical influences and her time with the band.
During this time Affinity were managed by Chips Chipperfield, who later produced The Beatles Anthologya documentary series for television. Naiff's father, himself a musician, owned a music shop and business in Soho. The band initially used his own brand of amplifiers and speakers, called 'Impact'. However, the quality was poor and Hoyle, pressing hard for vocal volume during live performances, damaged her vocal cords.
Surgery became necessary to remove nodes, and she was unable to sing for some months. She decided to seek vocal training from a professional Sister Suffragette - Various - Walt Disneys Mary Poppins: Original Cast Soundtrack teacher.
The album Affinity was released Journeys End - Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me Affinity's contract with Vertigo, a branch of Philips Records, included an advance payment, which allowed them to buy new equipment and a more comfortable six-wheel vehicle, and to employ a roadie.
The band were busy with TV appearances, and touring in the UK and Europe; even so they were finding it hard to live on their earnings. In her interview with Jackie magazine in DecemberHoyle talked about the upsides and downsides of life on the road. The same year Hoyle recorded the jingle for a Shredded Wheat television commercial "There are No Second Chance (House-Mix) - Balinda Michaels - No Second Chance men in my life" with Foster and Mike Jopp, both playing acoustic guitars.
Annie Nightingalea pioneering BBC presenter, travelled with the band in Januarymaking a film about their life on the road for TV. Journeys End - Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me wrote many of the songs together and Jenkins invited Chris SpeddingJohn Marshalland Jeff Clyneall from Nucleusamong others to play on the album. Only copies of the album, Pieces of Mewere pressed.
It is one of Vertigo's rarest albums. Hoyle emigrated to Canada inwhere she continued to sing, mostly jazz, with various musicians. During a sabbatical year in England inHoyle performed and sang with the People Show. Hoyle's return to writing and recording was sparked by an Affinity reunion at a private party in After performing again with Foster at Part 4: Wie Nahte Mir Der Schlummer - Various - From Which We Came (The First Opera Sets) University 's 50th anniversary celebration in this performance released as The Baskervilles Reunion work on The Fetch began.
The songs on this album are all original, composed by Foster or Whitehead, with lyrics by Hoyle. She worked as a therapist in various agencies, and trained in Art Therapy with Irene Dewdney — They remained colleagues and co-workers for the rest of Dewdney's life. Nicholas is a historian of philosophy and science.
Their daughter, Emily, was born in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Linda Hoyle. Retrieved 8 August An opera. A unique London experience". The London Free Press.
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