With the single "Wicked Woman," he even resorted to changing his name to Orville Woods in hopes of getting played on R&B radio stations.
Finally, in late 1963, Proby met British producer Jack Good, who happened to be putting together a TV special on the Beatles that was to feature several other up-and-coming artists.
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Proby's demo tape impressed Beatles manager Brian Epstein enough for him to make the cut, and Good outfitted Proby as an aristocratic fop, complete with ponytail, frilly shirt, tight velvet pants, and buckled shoes. Proby's next two singles, "Together" and West Side Story's "Somewhere," took a similar tack, and both reached the British Top Ten as well.
(Oddly, the preceding single, "That Means a Lot," flopped despite being penned by John Lennon and Paul Mc Cartney.) The lack of promotional opportunities began to hurt Proby's chart placements, though, and he was also beset with financial problems.
Meanwhile, Smith was working on his own original songs, which earned him a composition contract with Liberty at the end of 1959; his material was recorded by Johnny Burnette ("Clown Shoes"), the Searchers, Leroy Van Dyke, Rick Nelson, and Jackie De Shannon, among others.
He also briefly joined producer Kim Fowley's studio group the Hollywood Argyles in 1960.
Proby never really hit it big in his homeland, but his trouser-busting stage antics helped make him a genuine pop star in England at the height of the British Invasion.
After graduating from military school in 1957, he moved to Hollywood hoping to make it in the music business.