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David Essex

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(up to 1976)
1 ROCK ON (CBS 65823) 1973 7
2 DAVID ESSEX (CBS 69088) 1974 2
3 ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR (CBS 69160) 1975 3
4 ON TOUR (CBS 95000) 1976 51
5 OUT ON THE STREET (CBS 86017) 1976 31

NB: Inevitably there have been several compilations including:- The Very Best Of David Essex (TV Records TVA 4) 1982, Centre Stage (K-Tel ONE 1333), His Greatest Hits (Mercury 5103081) 1991. CD compilations include The Collection (Castle CCSCD 248) 1990, Best Of (Columbia 9822734 2) 1994 which concentrates on the 1973-74 era; Best Of (Pickwick 9827342) 1992 and The Best Of David Essex (Columbia 481036 2) 1995.  

(up to 1976)
1 And The Tears Came Tumbling Down/You Can't Stop Me Loving You (Ritz-Fontana TF 559) 1965 -
2 Can't Nobody Love You/Baby I Don't Mind (Ritz-Fontana TF 620) 1965 -
3 This Little Girl Of Mine/Brokenhearted (Ritz-Fontana TF 680) 1966 -
4 Thigh High/De Bloom Lay Bloom (Ritz-Fontana TF 733) 1966 -
5 Love Story/Higher Than High (Uni UN 502) 1968 -
6 Just For Tonight/Goodbye (Pye 7N 17621) 1968 -
7 That Takes Me Back/Lost Without Linda (Decca F 12935) 1969 -
8 The Day The Earth Stood Still/Is It So Strange? (Decca F 12967) 1969 -
9 Rock On/On And On (PS) (CBS 1693) 1973 3
10 Lamplight/We All Insane (PS) (CBS 1902) 1973 7
11 America/Dance Little Girl (CBS 2176) 1974 32
12 Gonna Make You A Star/Window (CBS 2492) 1974 1
13 Stardust/Miss Sweetness (PS) (CBS 2828) 1974 7
14 Rolling Stone/Coconut Ice (CBS 3425) 1975 5
15 Hold Me Close/Good Ol' Rock And Roll (CBS 3572) 1975 1
16 If I Could/Funfair (CBS 3776) 1975 13
17 City Lights/St Amie (CBS 4050) 1976 24
18 Coming Home/Won't Get Burned Again (CBS 4486) 1976 24

Reissue 45s:
19 Gonna Make You A Star/Window (CBS 5952) 1978 -
20 Gonna Make You A Star/Hold Me Close (CBS A 4588) 1984 -
21 Gonna Make You A Star/Rock On (Old Gold OG 9553) 1985 -

David Essex entered the world as David Cook on 23rd July 1947 in East London. A keen footballer in his youth he even got to play for West Ham Juniors. When he left school his first job was at a local factory as an apprentice but he was soon playing drums in a local dance band and later joined the semi-professional East London band called The Everons in 1964. They later changed name to The China Plates Blues Band and before long David took over the vocal duties as well. It soon became apparent that this band was going nowhere fast and by the end of the year it had split up freeing David to pursue a solo career under a new name David Essex.

His debut disc, And The Tears Came Tumbling Down, was a ballad written by Perry Ford of The Ivy League and he was accompanied by a 35-piece orchestra with an enormous string section all of which was far removed from the music he'd been singing with his earlier blues group. It flopped. His next effort, Can't Nobody Love You, was a blues-tinged single, which did get to No 17 in the Radio London Charts but overall its sales disappointed as did those of follow-ups This Girl Of Mine and Thigh High. After four poorly selling singles it was little surprise that Fontana released him from his contract.

In the short term he played with The Anzaks and later toured Britain and Europe with a Stevanage group Mood Indigo.

In 1967 he was signed by MCA recording two songs (She's Leaving Home from Sgt. Pepper and He's A Better Man Than Me) for release on the UNI label in the States. Again the record failed to sell in any numbers. Despondent he turned to acting but still played with Mood Indigo. After getting a very small part in the film 'Smashing Time' he became run down, the constant touring had affected his health and he eventually caught pneumonia, which sidelined him for six weeks). After he'd recovered he was chosen to play the lead part in 'The Fantasticks' and then appeared in another musical 'Oh Kay'. His next 45 was a Randy Newman song, Love Story, but it fared no better than his earlier ones and a switch to Pye, for whom he recorded Just For Tonight, couldn't achieve a breakthrough.

After a few more months acting Essex signed for Decca in June 1969. The first single, That Takes Me Back, made little impact, although the flip, Lost Without Linda, later resurfaced on Pop Inside The '60s Vol. 1 (CD). The follow-up, The Day The Earth Stood Still, also made no impact but has subsequently been included on a Decca compilation, Golden Decade 1968-69 (Decca SPA 481) in 1977. Essex also recorded two other tracks whilst with Decca, which were never released at the time but have subsequently surfaced on the double compilation Lost And Found (Decca DPA 3083/4) in 1980. The compilation consists of rare tracks by well-known artists. The two David Essex tracks concerned were So-Called Loving and Never Mind It's Only Love.

David returned to acting; first as understudy to Tommy Steele in the pantomime 'Dick Whittington' at the London Palladium in 1969; then he took a post in 'Ten Years Hard', a revue at London's Mayfair Theatre. On the recording front he teamed up with black singer Rozza Wortham in 1970 to record two 45s (the second in 1971) under the name David and Rozza. Neither sold well. He took any acting parts he was offered and played Dandini in 'Cinderella' at Manchester Opera House. He was literally living on the bread line with his pregnant wife when his big break came - he successfully auditioned to play the role of 'Jesus' in Jean Michael Tebelak's religious rock musical 'Godspell'. The show was a big success and his performance eventually led to him landing the lead part in David Puttnam's 'That'll Be The Day', a film about a would-be pop star which was an instant box office success.

In September 1973 he signed to CBS, now a significant stage and screen success. His first 45 for them, Rock On, successfully recalled the nostalgia of his recent movie and made the UK Top Five. It also became a massive hit and a million-seller in the US. The album of the same name also made No 7 here and No 22 in the US. He proceeded to release a string of singles, skilfully produced by ex-jingle writer Jeff Wayne, which reached the higher echelons of the UK Charts. In America he was far less successful. Lamplight, his second 45, which got to No 71, was his final US hit.

He starred in 'Stardust', which was the sequel to 'That'll Be The Day', and showed the would-be pop star (Jim MacLaine) rise to dizzy heights before excesses lead to his destruction. It was another outstanding financial success.

By the mid-seventies Essex had established himself as a teenybopper hero with several hits and two No 1s (Gonna Make You A Star and Hold Me Close) to his credit. After so many false starts the boy from the East End had well and truly become a superstar. Later in his career, appearances in 'Evita' (as Che) and 'A Winter's Tale' and an ambitious concept album, Mutiny, helped to rid him of his teenybopper image. Only some of his early 45s (particularly the four on Ritz-Fontana which are now minor collectables) are really likely to interest the record collector.

The Etceteras

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1 Where Is My Love/Bengawon Solo (Oriole CB 1950) 1964
2 Little Lady/Now I Know (Oriole CB 1973) 1964

A London Chinese group from Hampstead. They came to Britain from Singapore in 1962. The flip side of their first single is an instrumental version of the 'A' side.


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A London-based band whose Hangman's Rope originally appeared on the Transworld promo album. See the Blackthorn Winter, Free Expression or Kat entries for further details. Hangman's Rope is pretty undistinguished progressive rock.

Compilation appearances include: Hangman's Rope on Syde Tryps, Vol. 1 (LP & CD) and The Best Of Rubble Collection, Vol. 6 (CD).

Bryan Evans

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1 We're Going Wrong/Paradise Lost (CBS S 5392) 1971

The 'A' side is a brassy version of a Jack Bruce song which actually works quite well. (Mike Warth)

Dave Evans

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1 THE WORDS IN BETWEEN (Village Thing VTS 6) 1971
2 ELEPHANTASIA (Village Thing VTS 14) 1972
3 SAD PIG DANCE (Kicking Mule ) 197?

An important part of the Bristol folk scene Dave Evans was on a par with Steve Tilston.

Roy Everett

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1 Turn On Your Own Heat/Look At That Old Bird (Parlophone R 5857) 1970

Roy Everett was the original vocalist in Locomotive but left to become a greengrocer! On this 45 he was backed by people like Roger Coulam, Herbie Flowers, Chris Spedding and Caleb Quaye.

Compilation appearances include: I Believe on Brum Beat, Vol. 1 (LP).


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1 The Shape Of Things To Come/Do Like The Children Do (Page One POF 163) 1970

Another little known act who recorded on Larry Page's label.


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DAVE RICHARDS vcls, bs, keyb'ds A
ANDY ROBERTS gtr, vcls, violin A
BOB SARGEANT gtr, vcls, keyb'ds, hrmnca A

1(A) EVERYONE (B&C CAS 1028) 1971

NB: (1) released as ANDY ROBERTS WITH EVERYONE (Ampex 10117) 1971 in the US.  

1 Trouble At The Mill/Radio Lady (B&C CB 146) 1971

A folk-rock outfit whose album was produced by Sandy Robertson. They were fronted by Andy Roberts who'd previously been with Liverpool Scene and Plainsong. One of their best efforts was Radio Lady, a particularly pleasant, gentle song.

(Vernon Joynson/Mike Warth)

Everyone Involved

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1 EITHER OR (Arcturus ARC 4) 1972 R4

1 The Circus Keeps On Turning/Motor Car Madness (Arcturus ARC 3) 1972

This was a privately issued album, just 100 copies were pressed, so not surprisingly it's very rare indeed. Copies change hands for lots of money.

Heavily influenced by psychedelic folk acts like The Incredible String Band, Dr Strangely Strange and Forest the album was the work of a London-based hippie commune who gave all the copies of their album away. Look out for the limited edition CD reissue - original copies of the album came in an embossed plain white sleeve.

Every Which Way

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1(A) EVERY WHICH WAY (Charisma CAS 1021) 1970

1 Go Placidly (Charisma BD 1) 1969

A short-lived act formed by former Nice drummer Brian Davison in May 1970. Vocalist Graham Bell had previously been with Skip Bifferty. He wrote most of the material on their album which was essentially an amalgam of jazz-rock and fantasy. They were managed by Tony Stratton-Smith and expanded to include guitarist John Hedley but their music never really caught on. In 1971 Bell joined Arc and Cartwright departed to Procol Harum. Davison was later in Refugee.

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