Jackie Leven

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

18 June 1950, Fife, Scotland. Former Doll By Doll singer Jackie Leven saw that band fall apart in 1983, without any of the commercial recognition to match the warmth with which UK critics greeted them. If he thought that signalled the zenith of his misery, he was wrong. Shortly after releasing two solo singles he was attacked in a London street, receiving several broken ribs and a badly damaged larynx. Unable to sing, his doctor prescribed anabolic steroids which only exacerbated matters. Down on his luck and utterly despondent about his prospects, Leven turned to heroin as a prop. Eventually, together with his partner Carol, he devised a new, holistic approach to his problems, which proved so successful that their new doctor urged them to spread news of the system. Together they set up the C.O.R.E. (Courage to stop, Order in life, Release from addiction, Entry into new life) charity. This organization has since become highly successful in treating those with...

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