|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||oldies pop 70s 80s top250artists tony christie|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic BBC Music page discogs lyrics official homepage other databases other databases wikidata wikipedia|
Anthony Fitzgerald, 25 April 1943, Conisborough, South Yorkshire, England. Christie was a self-taught guitarist who became a professional singer in 1964, recording singles with groups including the Counterbeats, Tony Christie And The Trackers and Tony Christie And The Pen Men. By the time he signed a solo recording contract with MCA Records in 1969, he had acquired vocal mannerisms similar to those of Tom Jones, and this attracted the interest of songwriters Mitch Murray and Peter Callander, who provided Christie with his first UK Top 30 entry in late 1970/early 1971 with Las Vegas. Next came the title track to I Did What I Did For Maria, a UK number 2 hit that cleared the way for the million-selling (Is This The Way To) Amarillo (written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka), which topped charts throughout Europe while managing only to break into the UK Top 20. Touring Australasia and South Africa for much of 1972, Christies chart...