Second Image

In 1979, singer and drummer Georgie B, aka George Bromfield, his bass playing brother Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield and close friend Frank Burke, started jazz funk band Stateside…

Their influences were Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson’s, The O’Jays, Chic and many more from that genre and they honed their craft through the various gigs that they performed at. Eventually the pioneering broadcaster and Radio London DJ Robbie Vincent became their manager.

With additional members and a name change to Second Image plus a deal with Polydor Records (which had Level 42 on their books), they released a number of singles: ‘Dance Dance Dance’, ‘Fall In Love’, ‘Can’t Keep Holding On’ and ‘Special Lady’.

In 1983 they won a major TV talent show competition & in the same year they released their first (self-titled) LP produced by Roy Carter (Heatwave) and Pete Wingfield (Olympic Runners). Their follow-up LP ‘Strange Reflections’ came in 1985 on MCA Records and featured ‘Don’t You’, ‘Sing & Shout’, and ‘Lights Out’ a track written by former Heatwave member, the late, great Rod Temperton.

Second Image enjoyed appearances on Saturday Superstore, The Lenny Henry Show and The Old Grey Whistle Test to name a few. Although their singles received good airplay especially on regional and soul stations, the group did not attain the commercial success in the charts that they so readily deserved and were unable to fulfil their potential. Their fragmentation was inevitable and after six years of gigging and living in each others pockets, the band decided to go their separate ways.

In 2011 however, all original seven members of Second Image reformed to play a ‘one off’ gig at the 02 as a part of the ’30 Year Celebration Of Brit Funk’ which went down a storm. That same year Georgie and Junior performed as Second Image for us at Summer Soulstice, once again blowing the crowd away, that sunny Saturday afternoon. That same year Georgie B put together his own band The Groove Association and soon released the first album ‘Let’s Break The Ice‘. The band has gone onto win The Soul Survivors Magazine‘s ‘Best Soul Album’ and ‘Best Soul Artist/Group’ awards and have released 4 albums to date.

Second Image brothers Junior and Georgie B performing at Summer Soulstice 2011.
Photo by Paul Welch © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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