|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||70s pop rock glam rock male vocalists british classic rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs IMDb lyrics official homepage VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
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 Thatll Be The Day and its sequel Stardust. The former reactivated Essexs 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...