Phil Clarke Junior - a long-time speedway fan

According to the record sleeve notes, written by producer Pete Kerr, ‘Phil Clarke first hit the music scene at the tender age of 14 when he started singing with a rock band in and around his native Edinburgh. In the twelve years since then,’ Kerr goes on, ‘Phil has developed into one of Britain’s most gifted young singer/entertainers with three networked TV series to his credit, plus a long list of achievements including a widely-acclaimed appearance in the 1977 Royal Command Performance.

But why “Phil Clarke - Speedway Rider”?

‘Well,’ explains Clarke himself, ‘I’ve been a speedway freak for as long as I can remember. I even used to sell programmes at the local track when I was a kid - just to get nearer the bikes and riders. I think speedway is a great sport - bags of thrills and all-action spectacle!

‘When I was offered the “Speedway Rider” song to record, I jumped at the chance, and I reckon we’ve put it together in a way that conjures up all the atmosphere and excitement of speedway. You can almost smell those exhaust fumes!’

‘Yet there is a lot more to Phil’s vocal talents than the rockin’ and ravin’ styles in which he opens both sides of this album,’ continues Kerr. ‘Listen on and you will appreciate why Phil Clarke is being hailed as one of the biggest new vocal stars of the decade. Like any good speedway hero, he’s got talent, drive and a whole lot of style!’


9, Albert Embankment, London

Emerald Gem Records

Emerald Gem was an imprint of the Irish company, Emerald Records Limited, founded by Belfast promoter Mervyn Solomon in 1965. Its main base was at Templepatrick in Belfast.

In Britain, Emerald releases were frequently brought out by Vogue Records but the Speedway Rider LP was manufactured and distributed by DECCA Records, London.

Click the image above to listen to a short extract from SPEEDWAY RIDER by Phil Clarke


1978 Kerr & Pringle


The recording studios today on Old Coach Road, Templepatrick

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Phil Clarke making an appearance on a local Scottish Television programme, Shindig.

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