David Essex

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Descriptive "tags": pop 70s rock glam rock male vocalists classic rock british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Albert Cook, 23 July 1947, Plaistow, London, England. Originally a drummer in the semi-professional Everons, Essex subsequently turned to singing during the mid-60s, and recorded a series of unsuccessful singles for a variety of labels. On the advice of his influential manager, Derek Bowman, he switched to acting and after a series of minor roles gained his big break upon winning the lead part in the stage musical Godspell. This was followed by the authentic 50s-inspired film That’ll Be The Day and its sequel Stardust. The former reactivated Essex’s recording career and the song he composed for the film, ‘Rock On’, was a transatlantic Top 10 hit in 1973. It was in Britain, however, that Essex enjoyed several years as a pin-up teen-idol. During the mid-70s, he registered two UK number 1s, ‘Gonna Make You A Star’ and ‘Hold Me Close’, plus the Top 10 hits ‘Lamplight’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Rollin’...

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