|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||glam rock 70s classic rock rock glam|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Paul Francis Gadd, 8 May 1944, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. The elder statesman of the 70s UK glam rock scene, Glitter began his career in a skiffle group, Paul Russell And The Rebels. He then became Paul Raven, under which name he recorded an unsuccessful debut for Decca Records, Alone In The Night, in 1960. His cover of Tower Of Strength lost out to Frankie Vaughans UK chart-topper, after which he spent increasingly long periods abroad, particularly in Germany. During the late 60s, having been signed to MCA Records by his former orchestral backing leader and MCA head Mike Leander, he attempted to revitalize his career under the names Paul Raven and Monday, the latter of which was used for a cover version of the Beatles Here Comes The Sun, which flopped.
In 1971, seemingly in the autumn of his career, Gadd relaunched himself as Gary Glitter, complete with thigh-high boots and a silver...