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Bertie Higgins

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Remembered for his lone Top Ten single, "Key Largo," a soft rock fantasy about living in a Humphrey Bogart film, Bertie Higgins was a professional musician who made the leap to solo performing in the early '80s. His 1982 debut, Just Another Day in Paradise, was actually a comeback of sorts -- it was the first musical venture he had undertaken since 1968, when he retired to his hometown of Tarpon Springs, FL, after the breakup of his group, the Roemans. Between 1964 and 1968, Higgins drummed with the Roemans, who recorded a series of singles for ABC-Paramount, which were all ignored. More importantly, the Roemans supported vocalist Tommy Roe on tour, which was how they sustained an income. Following the breakup of the group, he returned to Tarpon Springs and over the course of the '70s slowly built up a collection of songs that formed the basis of Just Another Day in Paradise. Released on the independent label Kat Family in 1982, the record became a hit as the single "Key Largo" climbed its way into the Top Ten. "Key Largo" was the only hit from the record, although the title track did reach the Top 50. For the next 12 years, Higgins was quiet, releasing Then and Now on Epic in 1994 to little attention. Collectables released a set of mostly re-recorded songs from Higgins' songbook in 2003 as Key Largo. That same year, Brazilia appeared from Key Largo Records. Six years later in 2009, Captiva, on Toucan Cove/Universal, was released. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Key Largo
  3.   Casablanca
  4.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow (What a Wonderful World)
  5.   The Runner
  6.   Back to the Island
  7.   White Line Fever
  8.   Volcano
  9.   Brazilia
  10.   Margaritaville
  11.   I Saw Three Ships
  12.   Montego Bay
  13.   Gone with the Wind
  14.   If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body
  15.   Going to Alicetown
  16.   She's Gone To Live On the Mountain
  17.   Bojanglin' on the Bayou
  18.   Carolina Blue
  19.   Florida
  20.   The Old Man and the Sea
  21.   Palm Beach
  22.   Deck the Halls
  23.   Alice Town
  24.   Cowboys of the Caribbean
  25.   White Christmas
  26.   The Girl
  27.   The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
  28.   Port O Call
  29.   Beneath the Island Light
  30.   Just Another Day in Paradise
  31.   Oh, Come to Me
  32.   The Silk Road
  33.   When I Fall in Love
  34.   The Sea of Cortez
  35.   Brandy
  36.   The First Noel
  37.   Oh Holy Night
  38.   Islands
  39.   As Time Goes By
  40.   Pirates and Poets
  41.   The Pyrates of Port Royale
  42.   In Christiansted
  43.   The Devil's Triangle
  44.   All Night Rain
  45.   Jamaica Me Crazy
  46.   The Tropics
  47.   Candledancer
  48.   The Heart Is the Hunter
  49.   The Flag's On Fire
  50.   The King of Thule
  51.   Who Are You Pretty For?
  52.   Joy to the World
  53.   Gettin' the Wrinkles Out
  54.   When You Fall in Love
  55.   Song of Joy
  56.   What Child Is This
  57.   The Breath of God
  58.   The World's Greatest Lover
  59.   Winter Wonderland
  60.   Come Home to China
  61.   The Christmas Song
  62.   Down at the Blue Moon
  63.   Tin Roof Shanties
  64.   The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
  65.   Green River
  66.   Two Pina Coladas
  67.   Beijing
  68.   Scarborough Fair
  69.   Tanqueray
  70.   Fireworks
  71.   Brown Eyed Girl
  72.   The Little Drummer Boy
  73.   Papillon
  74.   The Silk Raod
  75.   Dreamin' Again
  76.   If You Could Read My Mind
  77.   California Promises
  78.   Kokomo
  79.   Away in a Manger
  80.   We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  81.   No Snake'a in Jamaica
  82.   Sloop John B.
  83.   Stir It Up
  84.   Blue Bayou
  85.   I'll Be Home For Christmas
  86.   Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  87.   Blue Never Looked Good on You
  88.   Crossing the Bar
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