Bertie Higgins

Elbert Joseph Higgins (born December 8, 1944), known as Bertie Higgins, is an American singer-songwriter. In 1982, Higgins had a Top 40 album with Just Another Day in Paradise. It spawned the #1 Billboard romantic classic ballad "Key Largo", which referenced the Humphrey Bogart movie of the same name and reached #8 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 record chart and #1 in the Billboard adult contemporary charts and #50 in the Billboard Country Music charts. In 2009, the song "Key Largo" was #75 on VH1's Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.
Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.
Higgins, who is of Portuguese, Irish and German descent and once supported himself as a sponge diver, began his career in show business at the age of twelve as a ventriloquist. He won prizes in local talent conte...

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Key Largo

Bertie Higgins

Key Largo

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Just Another Day in Paradise (with Sally Kellerman)

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Just Another Day in Paradise (with Sally Kellerman)

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Casablanca

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Casablanca

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Elbert Joseph Higgins (born December 8, 1944), known as Bertie Higgins, is an American singer-songwriter. In 1982, Higgins had a Top 40 album with Just Another Day in Paradise. It spawned the #1 Billboard romantic classic ballad "Key Largo", which referenced the Humphrey Bogart movie of the same name and reached #8 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 record chart and #1 in the Billboard adult contemporary charts and #50 in the Billboard Country Music charts. In 2009, the song "Key Largo" was #75 on VH1's Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.
Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.
Higgins, who is of Portuguese, Irish and German descent and once supported himself as a sponge diver, began his career in show business at the age of twelve as a ventriloquist. He won prizes in local talent contests and became a favorite at school assemblies around Tampa Bay, Florida.
Higgins' first band played proms, homecoming dances, and sock hops. After graduating Tarpon Springs High School, Higgins enrolled in St. Petersburg College to study journalism and fine art. He eventually left college and became a drummer for the Tommy Roe band and The Roemans, and played alongside such groups as The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys.
Tiring of the rigors of the road and yearning to make his own musical statement, Higgins left The Roemans and returned home to Florida. He put down his drumsticks, picked up a guitar and began crafting music and lyrics. Music producers such as Bob Crewe, Phil Gernhard, and Felton Jarvis took an interest in him and contributed to the growth of the young songwriter. Higgins' talent flourished and he was in demand to play venues throughout the state.
Jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson recorded a version of the Bertie Higgins original song, "Casablanca" for Columbia records and Tina Turner added "Key Largo" to her concert repertoire. Pianist, Richard Clayderman also recorded an award winning version of "Casablanca". Many artists have recorded versions of Higgins' original songs.