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Don Fardon (born Donald Arthur Maughn, 19 August 1943, Coventry, Warwickshire, England) is an English pop singer.[1][2]

Don Fardon
Birth nameDonald Arthur Maughn
Born (1943-08-19) 19 August 1943 (age 76)
Coventry, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresFreakbeat, rock and roll
LabelsPiccadilly
Associated actsThe Sorrows

Fardon is best known for his cover of the song "Indian Reservation" (1968), a UK number 3 hit and global million selling disc.

CareerEdit

Prior to becoming a singer, Fardon worked as a draughtsman for Alfred Herberts Ltd in Coventry. Before his solo success, Fardon was a singer with The Sorrows.

His biggest success was his cover version of "Indian Reservation" by John D. Loudermilk (1968, Billboard Hot 100: number 20; 1970, UK: number 3;[3] Australia: number 4).[4] The global sales were estimated at over one million copies.[5]

His follow-up single "Follow Your Drum" reached number 16 on the Australian Singles Chart in May 1972.

In 1973, his track "Delta Queen" reached number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] He covered The Kinks' hit, "Lola" in 1974. Fardon also released a cover version of "Running Bear". In 2006 he re-released his single, "Belfast Boy", in tribute following the death of George Best.[6]

His recording of the song "I'm Alive" (a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells) has been featured in a UK television advertisement for Five Alive fruit drinks, and a Dutch Vodafone commercial. On the back of the success of the latter, "I'm Alive" was reissued in the Netherlands and in March 2011, it reached the Top 20 of the Dutch singles chart.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Lament of the Cherokee (1968) GNP
  • I've Paid My Dues (1970) Decca
  • Released (1970) Youngblood
  • Indian Reservation (1988) GNP
  • Line Dance Party (1998) Grasmere
  • Indian Reservation (1999) Elap
  • I'm Alive (2003) RPM
  • Letter (2005) Magic
  • Coventry Boy (2006) Castle[7]

SinglesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Don Fardon - News, Pictures, Lyrics and Free Music Downloads". Don-fardon.onemusic.tv. 19 August 1940. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Sorrows". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 195. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b "Don Fardon | Awards". AllMusic. 19 August 1943. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph G. (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 239. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  6. ^ "Products CD's, Records & Memorabilia, Rare and Collectable Vinyl". Eil.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Don Fardon | Discography". AllMusic. 19 August 1943. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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