Bertie Higgins is of Portuguese, Irish and German descent.
He once supported himself as a sponge diver and began his career in show business at the age of twelve as a ventriloquist.
He won prizes in local talent contests and became a favourite at school assemblies around Tampa Bay.
Birthname: Elbert Joseph Higgins. Nationality: American. Born: Dec 08 1944.
Higgins’ first band played proms, homecoming dances and sock hops. Bertie graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and enrolled in St. Petersburg Junior College to study journalism and fine art. He eventually left college and became a drummer for Tommy Roe and The Roemans. He also played alongside such groups as The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys.
For the past several years, Higgins and his band have toured extensively around the globe. Besides being a performer, songwriter and vocalist, Bertie is an accomplished screenwriter/novelist and actor. Higgins has owned a successful restaurant in the Florida Keys.
He has also written music for David Letterman, Burt Reynolds, Nancy Wilson and many others. Bertie has made numerous TV talk show and music variety show appearances around the world. In 2012, following a successful tour of mainland China, he performed alongside Michael Bolton on two television shows from Beijing including the New Year’s gala.
Bertie continues to tour on a regular basis in the Pacific Rim and domestically. In 2014, he released two number one singles in the UK, Europe and Australia.
In 2014, Bertie completed his eighteenth CD entitled, “Cowboys of the Caribbean” distributed by Toucan Cove / Universal Music, which contains a new version of his biggest hit. (Wikipedia)