In 2001, James Blunt spent five weeks at number one with the ubiquitous guitar-led ballad You're Beautiful while topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, propelling his profile worldwide.The emotional number set the precedent for Blunt's sound for the next decade or so, with follow-up singles all bearing the same blueprint of tugging at the heart strings.It was while Fisher was visiting London that the two were introduced by Blunt's then girlfriend Dixie Chassay, whose family are long-time friends of the actress.When it transpired he was heading to LA to record for an American-based label, she offered to let him stay at her Beverly Hills home.Music executive Guy Moot, who signed him to EMI Publishing, said: "We tried hard to get him a deal, but at the time we signed him he couldn't get arrested in the eyes of the record labels, which can sometimes be the way."But why people over here keep knocking his success I really don't know.He had already performed odd shows, including one at Water Rats in King's Cross where Oasis made their London debut, while still a serving officer.Yet for a man who has racked up such astonishing sales and is up for five Brits, even landing a record deal took some perseverance.
That in turn led to a UK deal for his songs of love, loss and even allusions to his army career in "No Bravery".Her house, she joked, is a "guest house for wandering Brits".For a couple of months they kept their distance, but soon forged a close friendship. He didn't know what Bedlam was before I told him." His five-month stay at Fisher's vast home, which once belonged to Bette Davis, included a spell of recording in her bathroom where she keeps a piano. Recalling his stay, Blunt has said: "Carrie fed me soup, showed me old movies and put a cardboard figure of her in Star Wars outside my room to protect me." Last week the dreamy-eyed Blunt was continuing his charm offensive in the US with a showcase performance at a party at LA's House of Blues attended by music industry executives and showbiz stars who were in town for the Grammys, America's biggest music bash.Since then, she has spread the word about his songs to anyone who would listen.So how did this 28-year-old former public schoolboy (Harrow, followed by Sandhurst), who served in the Household Cavalry, guarded the Queen Mother's coffin and served in Kosovo, hook up with an American icon?