Elbert Joseph "Bertie" Higgins, who was born in Florida.
As a youngster, Higgins was a ventriloquist. He started his music
career very early in life. As a teenager, Higgins played with the
band The Romans (later changed to The Roemans given singer Tommy Roe's
last name), who landed a record contract with ABC-Paramount Records in
the early 1960's. The Romans released three singles in the mid
1960's, and although the songs did receive some airplay, national fame
was not in the cards. It is worth noting, however, that The
Roemans toured as the opening act for several notable bands, including
The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, and Tom Jones.
After moving to Atlanta, GA, Bertie met record producer,
Sonny Limbo, and doors began to open. Bertie recorded the hit song
"Key Largo", which was released in 1981 on the album
Just Another Day in Paradise.
"Key Largo" was a huge hit for Bertie, and he was never able to match
this level of success again. Other Bertie Higgins songs you may
recognize include the title track for Bertie's 1981 release, in addition
to "Casablanca" and "Pirates and Poets" from his 1983 album of the same
Due partly due to his inability to follow up on his
initial "Key Largo" fame, Higgins found himself with not only
professional issues, but legal and personal issues as well. As the
years went on, Higgins eventually went back into the studio (1994).
At the time of this writing in early 2013, Higgins was still actively
making music with his band, Band of Pirates, and living in California.
The current Bertie Higgins Discography is as follows:1982: Just Another Day in Paradise
1983: Pirates & Poets
1994: Back to the Island
2003: Island Bound
2007: The Ultimate Collection
Just Another Day. . .
[starts] Wrapped around each
other, Trying so hard to stay warm, That first
cold winter together [etc]
[chorus] We had it all,
Just like Bogie and Bacall,
Starring in own old late, late show,
Sailing away to Key Largo
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