Earl Okin is one of the world’s finest songwriters….
and in a variety of genres
from Pop/Rock to Jazz, from Bossa Nova to Ballads….
Hugely melodic and always based on
musically satisfying chord sequences.
His more recent songs are often in the genre of
such classic songwriters such as
Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington,
Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin etc.
These are all among Earl’s heroes, though his first influence was
the music of Puccini and Verdi, still major loves in Earl’s life.
Earl was first signed to the same company as The Beatles,
recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1967.
At that time, his songs were also covered by
and Georgie Fame.
Earl was the only performer ever to open for
Paul McCartney & Wings, which he did in 1979.
Although his careers as comedian and Jazz concert artiste
have taken up much of his time,
Earl have never stopped writing songs
and there are now several CDs available
of his songs both old and new.
Mango & Other Delights.
Songs From A Garden Shed.
Indeed, Earl has just completed a brand new collection of songs
for a follow up CD to be called 'Songs From Another Shed'!
A full 80 minute documentary, largely about Earl as singer-songwriter, is now complete. The director is in negotiations with TV companies, so watch out for it. It has already earned its director, Joe Snelling a prize at a film festival in Brooklyn, NY.
Last but not least, Earl has recently written a full musical.
Hopefully, this will be staged within 12 months or so.
As they say, watch this space!
Oh yes! We almost forgot. He wrote a 6 movement symphony last year.