David Essex

David Essex OBE (born David Albert Cook; 23 July 1947)[1] is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. Since the 1970s, he has attained 19 Top 40 singles in the UK (including two number ones) and 16 Top 40 albums.[1] Internationally, Essex had the most success with his single "Rock On". He has also had an extensive career as an actor.

David Essex

David Essex
Background information
Birth nameDavid Albert Cook
Born23 July 1947 (age 71)
Plaistow, Essex, England
GenresPop, musical theatre, glam rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriterm, actor
Years active1963–present
LabelsColumbia, Lamplight

Life and career

Early life

Essex was born in Plaistow, Essex (now Newham, Greater London). His father, Albert, was an East End docker and his mother, Olive (née Kemp), was a self-taught pianist and an Irish Traveller. His grandfather, Thomas Kemp, was nicknamed "Philimore", which was the anglicised version of "Philly Mor" – being Irish for "Big Philly". Essex was two years old when his parents moved out of the overcrowded home the family was sharing with relatives, to Canning Town where he grew up.

Essex attended Star Lane Primary School. He loved playing football and did not answer any of the questions in the Eleven plus exam for entry into a grammar school, so that he could ensure he attended Shipman County Secondary School where he knew they played the game.[2] He was also a member of West Ham United Juniors for a while and dreamed of one day being a professional player.[3] He then also became interested in music and played drums with a local band, before becoming a singer. In his teens he moved to Marks Gate near Chadwell Heath and Romford in Essex.

Early career

He made his first record entitled "And the Tears Came Tumbling Down" for the Fontana label[4] in 1965. He then toured with a band called 'David Essex and the Mood Indigo' for two years and released a further seven singles in the 1960s. He also recorded two songs, 'A Rose' and 'Leon and John and Billy and Me' which remain unreleased, but exist as acetates. His first notable acting role aside from small appearances in the films Assault and All Coppers Are... was the lead in the stage musical, Godspell[5] in 1971 at the age of 23. Two years later, he starred in the film That'll Be the Day (1973)[6] and recorded his international hit single, the self-penned "Rock On", in the same year. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in March 1974. It was nominated for a Grammy and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] A second single, "Lamplight", also reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

In the 1970s, Essex emerged as a performer of some note. Contrary to his own biography his first concert was at East Ham Granada in East London on Saturday 2 November 1974 and not the Odeon. His biggest hits during this decade included two UK Number One singles: "Gonna Make You a Star" (1974) and "Hold Me Close" (1975). He also appeared in Stardust, a 1974 sequel to That'll Be the Day.[8] The title song was another Top 10 hit. In 1976, Essex covered the Beatles song, "Yesterday", for the musical documentary All This and World War II.

Essex's pop idol looks gave him a strong female fan base and his British tours created scenes of hysteria reminiscent of Beatlemania. According to The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles,[9] he was voted the number one British male vocalist in 1974, and was a teen idol for more than a decade.

Musical roles

In December 1973, Essex appeared in the stage version of Tommy at London's Rainbow Theatre.[10]

In 1978, he appeared on Jeff Wayne's concept album, a musical version of The War of the Worlds, as the Artilleryman. In the UK the two-record set remains a bestseller.[11]

In the same year, Essex played the character Che in the original production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita,[12] and his recording of the show's "Oh What a Circus"[13] reached Number 3. Two years later, he starred in the motorcycle racing film Silver Dream Racer; and the soundtrack song "Silver Dream Machine" was yet another Top 3 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Essex, a keen motorcyclist, waived his fee for the then-new 1980 electric start Triumph Bonneville he had contracted to advertise on behalf of the struggling Triumph motorcycle workers' co-operative.[14]

In 1981, he starred in Childe Byron, a play staged at the Young Vic theatre.

In 1985, he co-wrote and starred as Fletcher Christian in the West End musical Mutiny!, based on the novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The score produced two more hit singles, including "Tahiti," his tenth Top 10 success.[15]

Essex continued to perform in all areas of show business. A 1988 sitcom, "The River", achieved good ratings. In 1991, a compilation entitled His Greatest Hits reached Number 13; a 1993 album, Cover Shot, featuring a cover version of the Buzz Cason/Mac Gayden song "Everlasting Love", peaked at Number 3. His autobiography, A Charmed Life, was published in 2002, and became a bestseller.

In 1999, Essex was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He still tours the UK every year and releases albums through his website. Despite his long and successful British career, he remains largely unknown in the United States. "Rock On" reached Number 1 in 1974, and was his only US [Cash Box] Top 40 hit single.

Essex, who claims to come from a family of Irish Travellers, played a kind-hearted nomad in one episode of ITV1's 1960s Yorkshire-based drama Heartbeat in 2000.[16] Essex told Jake Bowers of the BBC's Rokker Radio, a programme for Gypsies and Travellers, on 30 July 2006, that he has always been openly proud of his Traveller roots, but that, having moved to the US, he felt it inappropriate for him to continue as Patron of Britain's National Gypsy Council, which works for equal rights, education, and services for Romany and Irish Travellers.[5]

In 2005, he appeared as a guest vocalist and wrote songs for Saint Etienne's album Tales from Turnpike House.[17] Also that year, he appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Bring Back...The Christmas Number One.

Essex was due to join the cast of soap opera EastEnders, in early 2006, as new character Jack Edwards. However, the role was expanded beyond the three weeks planned, and Essex was unable to commit the time.[18] The role instead went to Nicky Henson.

A model and recording of Essex is featured in the museum of West Ham United Football Club. In the recording, he explains his reasons for supporting West Ham and his love of the team.

Essex spent six years as an ambassador for Voluntary Service Overseas, which earned him an OBE in 1999.[5]

In February 2016, Essex performed in The War Of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre.[19]


Essex used to record and release records on his own 'Lamplight' record label. He has since changed the name of his company to Joseph Webster Ltd, named after his first grandchild. He tours regularly and continues to act, appearing in Boogie Nights 2, Footloose and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects of Love.[20] From September 2008 to the summer of 2009 he took his own musical, All the Fun of the Fair, on a tour of the United Kingdom. He followed this in the autumn with a sell-out tour of the UK, named the Secret Tour. Essex has released a DVD on his website of the last night of the tour, filmed in Bournemouth. He returned to London's West End with his own hit musical All the Fun of the Fair but with a different ending to that performed in the Provinces.

On 20 September 2010, Essex married Welsh actress Susan Hallam-Wright, his third wife, 26 years his junior, born 1973, at St Cross Church, Talybont, near Bangor, North Wales. He first met her at the end of 2008 whilst she was auditioning for a role in Essex's musical, All the Fun of the Fair. She got the part of Sally, then got promoted to the role of Mary, Jack's girlfriend for the West End version at the Garrick Theatre in London in April 2010. He had previously been married to Maureen Neal (in 1971) and Carlotta Christy (in 1997).[21]

Essex has five children. He had two children (Verity and Danny) with his first wife, Maureen Neal; twins (Billy and Kit) with his second wife, Carlotta Christy; and a fourth son (Sonny) with his third wife, Susan Hallam-Wright.

In January 2011, it was announced that Essex had finally joined the cast of EastEnders as Eddie Moon, five years after he was initially supposed to appear in the show.[22] His first on-screen appearance was on 3 June 2011. Eddie left the square on 6 October 2011. He then wrote the music score for the film Traveller (2013), in which he co-starred with his son Billy Cook who played the main role as a half-gypsy trying to find his identity.



  • Rock On – 1973 – UK No. 7, US No. 32
  • David Essex – 1974 – UK No. 2
  • All the Fun of the Fair – 1975 – UK No. 3
  • On Tour – 1976 – UK No. 51
  • Out on the Street – 1976 – UK No. 31
  • Gold and Ivory – 1977 – UK No. 29
  • Imperial Wizard – 1979 – UK No. 12
  • Hot Love – 1980 – UK No. 75
  • Be-Bop the Future – 1981[23]
  • Stage-Struck – 1982 – UK No. 31
  • The Whisper – 1983[24] – UK No. 67
  • This One's for You – 1984[25]
  • Centre Stage – 1986 – UK No. 82
  • Touching the Ghost – 1989
  • Cover Shot – 1993 – UK No. 3
  • Back to Back – 1994 – UK No. 33
  • A Night at the Movies – 1997 – UK No. 14
  • Here We Are All Together – 1998 – UK No. 88
  • I Still Believe – 1999
  • Thank You – 2000
  • Wonderful – 2001
  • Theatre of Dreams – 2001
  • Forever – 2002
  • Sunset – 2003
  • It's Gonna Be Alright – 2004
  • Beautiful Day – 2006
  • Happy Ever After – 2007
  • Unplugged (EP) – 2009
  • Reflections – 2013 – UK No. 89


Year Single B side Chart Positions
1965 "And the Tears Came Tumbling Down" "You Can't Stop Me Loving You" - - -
"Can't Nobody Love You" "Baby I Don't Mind" - - -
1967 "This Little Girl of Mine" "Broken Hearted" - - -
"Thigh High" "De Boom Lay Boom" - - -
"She's Leaving Home" (US release) "He's a Better Man Than Me" - - -
1968 "Love Story" "Higher Than High" - - -
"Just for Tonight" "Goodbye" - - -
1969 "That Takes Me Back" "Lost Without Linda" - - -
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" "Is It So Strange?" - - -
1970 "Time of Our Life" (David & Rozaa) "We Can Reach an Understanding" - - -
1971 "The Spark That Lights the Flame" (David & Rozaa) "Two Can Share" - - -
1973 "Rock On" "On and On" 3 5 8
"Lamplight" "We All Insane" 7 71 53
1974 "America" "Dance Little Girl" 32 101 -
"Gonna Make You a Star" "Window" 1 105 4
"Stardust" "Miss Sweetness" 7 - -
1975 "Rolling Stone" "Coconut Ice" 5 - 19
"Hold Me Close" "Good Ol' Rock and Roll (Live Version)" 1 - 2
"If I Could" "Funfair" 13 - 83
1976 "City Lights" "St. Amie" 24 - 4
"Coming Home" "Good Loving" 24 - 30
"Ooh Love" "City" - - -
1977 "Cool Out Tonight" "Yesterday in L.A." 23 - 57
1978 "Stay with Me Baby" "Lend Me Your Comb" 45 - -
"Oh What a Circus" "High Flying, Adored" 3 - 72
"Brave New World" "Streetfight" 55 - -
"Goodbye First Love" "Won't Change Me Now" - - -
1979 "Imperial Wizard" "Midnight Train" 32 - -
"20 Flights Up" "Are You Still My True Love" - - -
1980 "World" "I Who Am I" - - -
"Silver Dream Machine (Part 1)" "Silver Dream Machine (Part 2)" 4 - -
"Hot Love" "Rock and Roll Me" 57 - 74
"The Race" "Suzuki Warlord (Instrumental)" - - -
"On My Bike" "Swim Against the Flow" - - -
"Heart on My Sleeve" "I Don't Wanna Go to the Disco" - - -
1981 "Be-Bop-A-Lula" "Secret Lover" - - -
"Sunshine Girl" "Don't Leave Me This Way" - - -
"The Magician" "Life Support System" - - -
1982 "Sweethearts" "Hold On Me" - - -
"Me and My Girl (Night-Clubbing)" "Sleeping with the Director" 13 - -
"No Substitutes" "She's My World" - - -
"A Winter's Tale" "Verity" 2 - 33
1983 "The Smile" "Slave" 52 - -
"Tahiti" "Hell" 8 - -
"You're In My Heart" "Come On Little Darlin'" 59 - -
1984 "Fishing for the Moon" "Zulu Warrior" 76 - -
"Welcome" "Wardance" 80 - -
1985 "Falling Angels Riding" "Song for a Painter" 29 - -
"Friends" "I'll Go No More a Rovin'" 91 - -
"Freedom" "Storm" - - -
1986 "Back in England for Christmas" "Back in England for Christmas (Re-mix)" - - -
1987 "Myfanwy" "Myfanwy (Love Theme)" 41 - 40
1988 "Look at the Sun Shining" "Here Comes the Rain" - - -
"The River" "Take Me to the River" 97 - -
1989 "Rock On" (re-recording) (Lamplight Records) "The Zone" 93 - -
"Rock On" (re-recording/re-edition) (CBS) "The Zone" - - -
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" "Heart Beats Like a Drum" 90 - -
"Missing You (Magic)" "Forever and a Day" - - -
1990 "A Shoulder to Cry On" "Living in England" - - -
1991 "Africa You Shine" "Indian Girl" - - -
1992 "A Song for Old Lovers" "Masterpiece or Fake" - - -
1993 "Everlasting Love" "Father and Son" - - -
1994 "True Love Ways" (with Catherine Zeta-Jones) "A Winter's Tale" 38 - -
1995 "Bella Bella" "Bella Bella" (Rhythm Version) 87 - -
1998 "Oh Suburbia" Maybe Tomorrow / You Came Into My Life - - -


  • The David Essex Album – 1978 – UK No. 29
  • The Very Best of David Essex – 1982 – UK No. 37
  • His Greatest Hits – 1991 – UK No. 13
  • Missing You: 16 Classic Love Songs – 1995 – UK No. 26
  • Living in England – 1995
  • Greatest Hits/The Very Best of David Essex – 1998 – UK No. 31
  • Spotlight on David Essex – 1993
  • Greatest Hits – 2006
  • All the Fun of the Fair – Greatest Hits – 2008 – UK No. 23[26]

Soundtracks/cast recordings

  • Godspell (West End cast) – 1971
  • That'll Be the Day (soundtrack) – 1973
  • Stardust (soundtrack) – 1974
  • All This and World War II (soundtrack) – 1976
  • Evita (West End cast) – 1978
  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds (studio cast) – 1978 – UK No. 39
  • Alpha Omega: A Musical Revelation (studio cast) – 1979
  • Silver Dream Racer[A] (soundtrack) – 1980
  • Mutiny[A] (studio cast) – 1983 – UK No. 39
  • Mutiny![A](West End cast) – 1986
  • Beauty & the Beast: Music from the Original Musical Ice Ballet[A] – 1995
  • All the Fun of the Fair[A] (tour cast) – 2008
  • All the Fun of the Fair[A] (West End cast) – 2010
  • Traveller[A] (soundtrack) – 2013
  • A. ^ composed primarily or fully by Essex.

Selected filmography


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  3. ^ [1] Archived 18 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 327. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  8. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 254. CN 5585.
  9. ^ 16th Edition – ISBN 0-85112-190-X
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  13. ^ [2] Archived 1 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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  16. ^ ""Heartbeat" – The Traveller". IMDB.com. 2000. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  17. ^ [3] Archived 18 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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External links

A Winter's Tale (David Essex song)

"A Winter's Tale" is a song performed by David Essex on the 1983 album The Whisper. First released as a single in 1982, it reached #2 in the UK singles chart in January 1983, kept off #1 by Phil Collins's cover version of "You Can't Hurry Love".

Alan Wakeman

Alan Wakeman (born 13 October 1947, Hammersmith, West London) is an English saxophonist, known for his work in Soft Machine during 1976, appearing on the album Softs. He is a cousin of the keyboard player Rick Wakeman.

Wakeman started on the clarinet at age 14 and, while at school, played in a band with cousin Rick on piano. He switched to the alto saxophone at 16, then subsequently to the tenor saxophone; he also plays soprano saxophone.

He joined the Paul Lytton Quartet in 1968 and had his own trio in 1970 (with Harry Miller on bass). He subsequently worked with Graham Collier (including the albums Songs for My Father and The Day of the Dead), Johnny Dankworth and Mike Westbrook (including playing saxophone and clarinet on the 1975 release Citadel/Room 315 and 1976's Love/Dream and Variations). He was also an original member of Alan Gowen's band Gilgamesh in 1972-3, but left before Gilgamesh's first album.

He left Soft Machine in 1976 to join David Essex's band, having first worked with him in 1974 on the album David Essex. He also worked further with Westbrook and in the West End, including for the musical, Grease. He is currently working and touring with Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra on A Bigger Show and with Westbrook on his new jazz show Paintbox Jane. He continues teaching, as well as developing new projects with his own band, The Rockin' Hams.

Assault (film)

Assault is a 1971 British thriller film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Suzy Kendall, Frank Finlay and Freddie Jones, with Lesley-Anne Down making an early screen appearance; David Essex also has a small role. It is based on the novel The Ravine by Kendal Young, and tells about a police attempt to track down a dangerous rapist/killer on the loose. In the U.S., it was retitled In the Devil's Garden.

David Essex (album)

David Essex is the second studio album by British singer David Essex. It was released in 1974 and was produced, arranged and conducted by Jeff Wayne. It peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was the Christmas number two album that year.

Eddie Moon

Eddie Moon is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by David Essex. Eddie is the father of Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd), Tyler Moon (Tony Discipline) and Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas). Along with his children, Eddie was introduced to bring a "new generation" of the Moon family to the programme. Essex began filming in April 2011 and first appeared on screen on 3 June 2011. His initial contract ended in August, and Essex hoped he would be able to return to the role. The character has been described as cheeky, likeable and charismatic, and has a dark past. Through the series' narrative, it is revealed that there is a rift between Michael and Eddie, because Michael blames his father for the death of his mother, who killed herself when Michael was left alone with her. Eddie is also a love interest for Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) and Vanessa Gold (Zöe Lucker).

Critics have responded mostly positively to the character, with Jaci Stephen from the Daily Mail calling the casting "inspired" and praising Essex's comic timing in the role. Tony Stewart from the Daily Mirror praised his "grand entrance" to the series, and a reporter from the Evening Chronicle said Eddie would bring a "breath of fresh air" to the soap. However, Jim Shelley from the Daily Mirror branded the character a "cliche". The character was written out in September 2011 and departed on 6 October 2011.

Gonna Make You a Star

"Gonna Make You A Star" is a pop/rock recording by David Essex. Written by David Essex and produced by Jeff Wayne, "Gonna Make You a Star" was Essex's first number-one, spending three weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, in November 1974. It peaked at number 105 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA. The record featured prominent use of the synthesizer.

In 2007, the song was released again by Lee Mead, winner of the Any Dream Will Do BBC One TV competition, which was then shown in the spring of 2009 in the US on BBC America; Mead then starred in the title role for 18 months in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. British comedian Peter Kay had his character Marc Park release "Gonna Make You a Star" as his first single after winning the fictional Talent Trek competition in his 2000 Channel 4 spoof documentary series That Peter Kay Thing.

Essex's song was also featured in his jukebox musical, All the Fun of the Fair.

Greatest Hits (David Essex album)

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album released by David Essex on 6 March 2006.

The album contains 20 of his biggest hits to date.

Herbie Flowers

Brian Keith "Herbie" Flowers (born 19 May 1938) is an English musician specialising in electric bass, double bass and tuba. He is noted as a member of Blue Mink, T. Rex and Sky and as one of Britain's best-known session bass players, having contributed to recordings by Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water), David Bowie (Space Oddity, Diamond Dogs), Lou Reed (Transformer, including the prominent bass line of "Walk on the Wild Side"), Melanie (Candles in the Rain), Roy Harper (Bullinamingvase), David Essex (Rock On), Allan Clarke, Al Kooper (New York City (You're a Woman)), Bryan Ferry (The Bride Stripped Bare), Harry Nilsson (Nilsson Schmilsson, Son of Dracula), Cat Stevens (New Masters, Foreigner), Paul McCartney (Give My Regards to Broad Street), George Harrison (Somewhere in England, Gone Troppo, Brainwashed) and Ringo Starr (Stop and Smell the Roses). He also played bass on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. By the end of the 1970s, Flowers had played bass on an estimated 500 hit recordings.

Hold Me Close

"Hold Me Close" was a UK Singles Chart Number One hit single in October 1975 for three weeks by English singer David Essex.

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is the debut album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. It was released in the UK on 9 June 1978. A concept album and a rock opera, its main format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story and rhyming melodic lyrics that express the feelings of the various characters. The two-disc album remains a bestseller, having sold 15 million copies worldwide. In 2018, it was named the 32nd best-selling studio album of all time in the UK. It has spawned multiple versions including video games, DVDs, and live tours.

La Calahorra

La Calahorra is a municipality located at 37.1791°N 3.0622°W / 37.1791; -3.0622 in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2009 census, the town has a population of 800 inhabitants.

Nearby, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is the Castillo de La Calahorra. Built between 1509 and 1512, it is one of the first Italian Renaissance castles outside Italy.

It is well known, as the setting of the final scenes in the 1974 David Essex film Stardust

Oh What a Circus

"Oh What a Circus" is a song from the 1976 musical Evita, which had lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was recorded by English singer David Essex and released as a single on August 19, 1978, by Mercury Records. Essex played the character of Che, based on Che Guevara, in the original London production of the musical, and the song is sung from his point-of-view. Produced and arranged by Mike Batt, "Oh What a Circus" is a mid-tempo song, comparing the musical's title character Eva Perón's life with a circus, and calling her actions fraudulent. The song is a contrafactum, and shares its tune with the better known "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from the same show.

"Oh What a Circus" was a commercial success for Essex, who had been dropped by his previous record company due to his declining sales. The song reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart, and the top-30 in Belgium and Netherlands. In subsequent productions of the musical, "Oh What a Circus" has been sung by numerous performers, including Mandy Patinkin, Ricky Martin and Scottish rock musician Marti Pellow. In the 1996 film adaptation of the show, the song was sung by Antonio Banderas and American singer Madonna, and received critical appreciation for its flamenco-infused composition.

Rock On (David Essex album)

Rock On is the debut album of singer/songwriter David Essex. Its lead single and title track, "Rock On", is still Essex's best known song in the United States. "Lamplight" was also a hit, and the album contains three covers.

Rock On (song)

"Rock On" is a song written by English singer David Essex. Originally recorded in 1973 and released as a single song by Essex, it became an international hit. In 1989, American actor and singer Michael Damian recorded a cover version that went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been recorded many times including a 2006 version by the English hard rock group Def Leppard.

Si Genaro

Si Genaro (born 1971) is a British musician who is mostly known for his appearances on BBC's The Voice UK in 2014 and 2015.

Born in 1971, Genaro grew up on the Isle of Wight, attending Cowes High School. He began his musical career as a harmonica player, busking in Ryde and Cowes. In his 20s he moved to Bournemouth and studied at music college, before going on to front regional bands such as Shapeshifter, Dubheart and The Genaro Project. In 2009, Genaro supported the UK number one charting pop singer David Essex on a UK tour and in 2012 he joined fellow Bournemouth musician and Voice contestant Ant Henson as vocalist and guitarist of the psychedelic post-rock band, Ever The Animal.In January 2014, Si Genaro appeared on BBC 1 singing Men At Work's "Down Under" as part of the reality television show The Voice UK. Despite not convincing any of the judges to turn their chairs and thus put him through. In February 2015, Genaro appeared in series 4 of The Voice singing "Falling Slowly". As in 2014, none of the judges selected him for their teams. He performed a rendition of his own song, "When the Last Bird Flies".

Stardust (1974 film)

Stardust is a 1974 British musical drama film directed by Michael Apted and starring David Essex and Adam Faith. The film is the sequel to the 1973 film That'll Be the Day. Its tagline is: "Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I'll show you a liar."

That'll Be the Day (film)

That'll Be the Day is a 1973 British drama film directed by Claude Whatham, written by Ray Connolly, and starring David Essex, Rosemary Leach and Ringo Starr. It is set in the late 1950s/early 1960s and was partially filmed on the Isle of Wight.

True Love Ways

"True Love Ways" is a song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and recorded with the Dick Jacobs Orchestra in October 1958, four months before the singer's death. It was first released on the posthumous album The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2 (Coral 57326/757326), in March 1960. The song was a hit in Britain in 1960, reaching number 25 on the pop singles chart. In an 1988 re-release of the recording by MCA, the single reached no. 65 on the UK singles chart in a 5 week chart run.

In the extended version of the song, in the first ten seconds Holly can be heard preparing to sing. The audio starts with audio saying "Yeah, we're rolling." A piano player and a tenor saxophone player play some notes, and Holly mutters, "Okay," and clears his throat. The producer yells, "Quiet, boys!" to everyone else in the room, and at the end of the talkback, the producer says, "Pitch, Ernie", to signal the piano player to give Holly his starting note, a B-flat.

Along with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Raining in My Heart", this song was recorded at Holly's last recording session before his death on February 3, 1959.

The session took place at the Pythian Temple on October 21, 1958. The musicians were Al Caiola (guitar); Sanford Block (bass); Ernie Hayes (piano); Doris Johnson (harp); Abraham Richman (saxophone); Clifford Leeman (drums); Sylvan Shulman, Leo Kruczek, Leonard Posner, Irving Spice, Ray Free, Herbert Bourne, Julius Held and Paul Winter (violins); David Schwartz and Howard Kay (violas); and Maurice Brown and Maurice Bialkin (cellos).

Holly wrote "True Love Ways" for his wife, Maria Elena Holly, as a wedding gift. On April 29, 2011, she unveiled the never-before-seen "True Love Ways" photo of their wedding kiss, now displayed at P.J. Clarke's above Table 53, the table where they became engaged while on their first date, on June 20, 1958.Two albums by Buddy Holly have used the title of the song. The 1989 Telstar album reached no. 8 on the UK album chart. The 2018 Decca album with the RPO reached no. 10 on the UK album chart.

Tyler Moon

Tyler Moon is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Tony Discipline. Tyler is the son of Eddie Moon (David Essex), half brother of Michael (Steve John Shepherd) and Craig Moon (Elliot Rosen), brother of Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas) and cousin of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). He made his first appearance in the episode broadcast on 27 June 2011.

Tyler, along with brother Anthony, were both announced as new characters in May 2011, being played by Discipline and Lapinskas respectively, though Tyler made his debut at an earlier date. Described as having a short fuse and "quick to use his fist to sort things out", Tyler begins boxing and when half brother Michael pushes him to do an unlicensed fight, Tyler agrees, unbeknown to Tyler that Michael is fixing the fight, putting a boxer in the ring who once killed a man. Tyler wins the fight, though suffers a fit and undergoes life saving operations.

Other than this, he is described as a "heart-throb" and "ladykiller". When Tyler first arrives, he chats up a number of girls and even kisses Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons). Tyler later starts dating Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), though their relationship suffers badly due to Whitney's past. A love triangle begins to develop between Tyler, Whitney and Fatboy (Ricky Norwood). When Whitney chooses Fatboy, Tyler has a one-night stand with Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa), though later regrets it after finding out that Whitney still has feelings for him.

It was announced on 9 June 2013 that Discipline decided to leave the show. Tyler's final episode was broadcast on 6 August 2013.

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