David Ackles

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Decades: 1960s 1970s 2000s
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20 February 1937, Rock Island, Illinois, USA, d. 2 March 1999, Tujunga, California, USA. Part of a showbusiness family, Ackles’ early vaudeville appearances were the beginning of a period as a child actor. He studied literature at college before displaying a compulsive passion for music with compositions for ballet, the visual arts and light comedy. Although initially signed to Elektra Records as a contract songwriter, Ackles persuaded the company to record him. His 1968 debut David Ackles aka The Road To Cairo showcased a mature talent, and his deep, sonorous delivery matched an often desolate lyricism. Ackles’ graphic, sometimes chilling, gifts were particularly evident on ‘The Candy Man’ from Subway To The Country, in which a war-scarred amputee exacts retribution by selling pornography to children. Both releases garnered considerable acclaim from both critics and peers. Bernie Taupin, lyricist for Elton John, produced Ackles’ third...

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