Mike Silver

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


12 September 1945, Uffington, Berkshire, England. Silver began playing guitar at the age of 15. It was during the 60s that he first wrote seriously and took an interest in acoustic music. He became a regular in the folk clubs of London and Cornwall during this period. In 1971, Silver formed Daylight, with Steve Hayton (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chrissie Quayle (guitar). They were signed to RCA Records the same year and produced one album. He then signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records, and toured the USA, in 1973. At this time, Silver was in demand as a session guitarist, and recorded with Charles Aznavour, and Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues.

In 1973, Silver recorded the solo collection Troubadour, but this failed to bring him to a wider audience. However, that same year, he gained exposure when he supported Dory Previn and Ashford And Simpson at a number of concert appearances in the USA. Silver then appeared as guitarist for Brenda...

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