Listen to Half Of My Heart from Emile Ford & The Checkmates's Counting Teardrops (The Pye/Piccadilly Anthology) for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Michael Emile Telford Miller (16 October 1937 – 11 April 2016), known professionally as Emile Ford, was a musician and singer born in Saint Lucia. He was popular in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the leader of Emile Ford & the Checkmates, who had a number one hit in late 1959 with "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?". He was also a pioneering sound engineer. Emile Ford was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, in the West Indies.
Emile Ford, The Checkmates Half Of My Heart. Emile Ford, The Checkmates On A Slow Boat To China. Emile Ford & The Checkmates Slow Boat To China.
The 61-track collection is split into halves, with the first disc compiling Ford's early Pye recordings (1959-1961) and the second his later Piccadilly sides (1961-1963). The package touts Ford as Britain's first major black star, yet his sound is firmly rooted in the pop/rock of white teen idols such as Ricky Nelson (whom Ford covered with "You'll Never Know What You're Missing")
Great Songs of the Heart from the Fifties and Sixties 2000. As Emile Ford & the Checkmates, they won a talent contest sponsored by Pye Records and were awarded an audition and a contract that resulted in their first single, "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles" b/w "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For," which was produced by the legendary Joe Meek. The Checkmates themselves got to record separately on Pye, even doing an album of their own.