Raymond OSullivan, 1 December 1946, Waterford, Eire. OSullivans family moved to Swindon, England, during his childhood and after attending art college there, the singer was signed to CBS Records. Under the name Gilbert he issued the unsuccessful Disappear and What Can I Do? and soon moved on to Phil Solomons Major Minor label, where Mr Moodys Garden also failed. Seeking a new manager, Gilbert wrote to the star making Gordon Mills, who had already launched Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck to international success. Mills was impressed by the demo tape enclosed and relaunched the artist on his new MAM label under the name Gilbert OSullivan. The debut single Nothing Rhymed had some clever lyrics and a strong melody. It reached the UK Top 10 in late 1970 and television audiences were amused or puzzled by the sight of OSullivan with his pudding-basin haircut, short trousers and...
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