Early British rock & roll yielded a handful of artists who displayed extraordinary staying power over the decades -- Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, Adam Faith, and Mike Berry come to mind. Most of these achieved their career extensions through a more honest, less contrived extension of the pop/rock with which they'd started out. Duffy Power was the exception, a popster turned legitimate British bluesman (with the imprimatur of Alexis Korner, the father of British blues, no less) who is still highly regarded in the latter field in 2011, 70 years after his birth in wartime London. Born Raymond Howard in 1941, he grew up loving music, and his influences included composers from George Gershwin to Edward Elgar, as well as singers ranging from Paul Robeson to Al Jolson. He was drawn to blues and jazz as a young teenager, and that eventually led him to the music of Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, among others. By age 15, he had left school and was fronting a band as a singer, under the stage name Duffy Howard, singing lead and playing guitar -- his performances tended toward the bluesy side of rock & roll, and he was apparently as happy to cover a Leadbelly song as an Elvis Presley number (and at that date in England, only Elvis' RCA Victor sides would have been known, not his Sun Records work). He was discovered at age 17 by promoter/manager Larry Parnes at a performance at a local theater and signed up, eventually rechristened Duffy Power -- as with other promoters of the period, Parnes liked to choose memorable stage names for his artists, and the "Power" reportedly came from actor Tyrone Power. After seeing Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde perform in concert, he gave up the guitar to free himself up as a singer, and was later signed to Fontana Records.