My singing career started off at the young age of fourteen in Keighley, West Yorkshire. I was swinging my satchel to The Beatles when I met a musician who introduced me to all the great singing artistes of past and present, including Eydie Gormé, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday to name but a few.  All of them ‘greats’ that were well before my time.

Subsequently I was introduced to Tamla Motown, which eventually resulted in my two singles “Bill” and “Summer Heartbreak”.  The latter directly emulating the Motown sound. The arrangement for “Bill” was intended to be a direct rip-off of the Phil Spector ‘Wall of Sound’ which, even though Spector was Los Angeles based, and over 2000 miles from the Detroit-based Motown, was nevertheless a very ‘current’ sound.

When I was working the Mecca circuit, I had to do cover copies of new singles that hit the charts, which meant impersonating the records as closely as possible to the original artiste. This put me in good stead to record commercial songs!

My Mecca experience gave me a background in all areas of music, enabling me to perform songs in different styles, which widened my scope enormously and made me versatile and well informed about my peers in the music industry. Amy Winehouse, God bless her, had very strong overtones of Billie Holiday for instance.  If you listen to young female singers currently you will hear more smatterings of Billie Holiday; they sing with a lot of emotion and musical ability; Adele, Paloma Faith, and the previously mentioned Amy Winehouse all spring immediately to mind.

 Patti x

Posted on April 19, 2014 .

My Inspiration

The inspiration to start this website came from the interest people on the internet were suddenly showing in me!

My husband went onto Google a couple of weeks ago and just for fun put one of my singles into the search bar. We were both amazed to find it on YouTube!  A young lady by the name of Kerith Louisa Williams-Catton from Brisbane collects Northern Soul and she not only had "Bill" by Patti and the Patettes but had a second single of mine called "Summer Heartbreak", both of which can be found in the Media section of this website.

Following a bit more Googling I discovered that I was also on two compilation albums, one of which was released in 2009 and is called "The Girls Are At It Again - UK Beat Girls 1964-1969", and the other being "Piccadilly Sunshine, Vol. 17".

Kerith bought her singles on the Gold Coast in Australia and both she and others have been looking for information on Patti and the Patettes to no avail. I wrote and thanked her for posting my singles but in turn she thanked me for my music which she said she thoroughly enjoys. The fact that we are in contact with one another all down to my music makes it even more special to me.

So... I got myself onto Facebook and YouTube and then decided to make this website.  I do hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for reading,
Patti x

Posted on April 18, 2014 .