Scott Fagan releases a single, ‘Please Be Well’, recorded with Trembling Bells.
Fagan toured with the Glasgow-based band to promote the re-release of his album ‘South Atlantic Blues’ – a song cycle about Fagan’s life in the Virgin Islands and wrapped around a love story – which has been recently remastered and reissued for the first time ever on CD and vinyl on Saint Cecilia Knows in association with Scott Fagan’s own lil’fish records.
The two acts then began recording an album of songs originally from Fagan’s Broadway-produced, anti music business rock opera ‘Soon’, from 1971 – including the new single, the first track to be released from this collaboration.
Fagan says that he was blacklisted for many years, hence the album not being recorded, but plans are afoot to complete it with ‘Please Be Well’ – available on Spotify and Apple Music as well as a Bandcamp download – the first release from those Glasgow sessions.
Mentored by legendary songwriter Doc Pomus, Fagan almost signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records and played on the same bill at the Cafe Au Go Go as a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix.
He is also the biological father of Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, although the pair didn’t meet until the premiere of a documentary about Pomus in 2013.
Trembling Bells – who Fagan describes as “Scotland’s Greatest Group” and “a beautiful and loving musical chimera” – split in late 2018 following Lavinia Blackwall leaving the band to record her solo debut album ‘Muggington Lane End’, out now.
The quartet’s final release was a collaboration with Alex Neilson’s Alex Rex project, a 2019 Record Store Day 10″ ‘I Am The King’. Since then Simon Shaw’s band ‘Youth of America’ has also released its debut album ‘YOA Rising’.
More at www.scottfagan.com
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