Richard Anthony

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Richard Anthony Bush, 13 January 1938, Cairo, Egypt. Anthony forsook higher education in Paris to become a singer but was obliged to make ends meet with a variety of jobs and as a session saxophonist. He signed to Pathe-Marconi in 1958, but his debut single, ‘La Rue Des Coeurs Perdus’, fared poorly. However, he became popular with his native reproductions of US smashes such as Buddy Holly’s ‘Peggy Sue’ and Lloyd Price’s ‘Personality’. He came into his own, however, during the twist craze with ‘C’est Ma Fête’ (‘It’s My Party’), and an untranslated ‘Let’s Twist Again’ established him as a rival to Johnny Hallyday (the Gallic ‘answer’ to Elvis Presley). After a million-selling French cover version of Peter, Paul And Mary’s ‘500 Miles Away From Home’, he secured a UK chart entry in 1963 with ‘Walking Alone’ and reached the Top 20 with ‘If I...

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