Elkie Brooks...blues, rock, pop and jazz singers. An icon in the U.K. She signed with A&M Records in the United States in 1975--at least 15 years into her career. It was the A&M single "Pearl's a Single" that gave Elkie her first Top 10 hit.
Elkie Brooks, Britain's Queen of the Blues. In 1997 the Guinness Book of Records included Ellie as "having the most number of top 75 albums of any British female artist."
Her Pearls I album was the biggest selling recording by a British woman in the U.K. in 1981. Pearls I and Pearls II were on the British charts for 105 weeks.
Her contract with A&M Records stipulated that her recordings would remain with A&M in perpetuity.
The cover of her debut album for A&M, Rich Man's Woman, was considered "outrageous".
Finding My Voice by Elkie Brooks (2012-07-09)
Elkie Brooks Is City Bound. Eamon Sweeney. Londonderry Sentinel, April 1, 2009.