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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 22:07:31 GMT
Gordon D says:
Sorry, Lez. Let's see if you can get this one before nocheese swoops down...

After occupying an unusual position in two major seventies rock bands, this singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer went on to make a major contribution to eighties pop, writing one number-1 hit, and co-writing another number-1 and a number-2 (some might interpret those descriptions in a different way). He currently lives in an English town with a strong musical connection.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 13:04:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2012 13:33:56 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Hell's teeth! I must have given TMI. Ah well, see you in another 54 pages.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 12:25:10 GMT
Gordon D says:
Henry Priestman of The Christians?

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 12:08:50 GMT
Lez Lee says:
My addiction to quizzes paid off - I knew about the town.

This singer/songwriter/musician was born in Yorkshire but later attended a school elsewhere with several famous alumni. In the 80s he was a member of a successful group whose debut album entered the charts at No.2 and sold over a million. In the noughties he made a solo album and was the oldest artist to be signed to a major record label for a debut. He's written lots of TV ad music and theme tunes.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 09:03:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2012 09:04:12 GMT
nocheese says:
Yes indeed, finding guitars in trees was the particular niche of country music that I meant.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 06:58:19 GMT
Gordon D says:
Yes! Lez pulls a guitar from a convenient tree and strums her way to success. Well done. I was focusing on Harry Belafonte for ages until I realized he's still alive.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 23:50:49 GMT
Lez Lee says:
After 54 pages, at last I know one!
This is Gene Autry.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 22:20:19 GMT
nocheese says:
Oh, I don't know, he's a whizz at what he does.

This singer was very successful in a particular niche of a musical genre. He had three very popular Christmas songs, one of which he wrote, and all of which are still sung to this very day. He has a town named after him. He died in 1998.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 15:29:40 GMT
Gordon D says:
Spot on, NC. I'm not sure anyone would describe John Otway as a virtuoso.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 14:53:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2012 14:53:59 GMT
nocheese says:
My first thought was the mighty John Otway, but his partner in crime, Wild Willy Barrett, ticks all the boxes, having played on Rolf's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and recorded with George Hamilton IV.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 13:50:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2012 13:51:09 GMT
Gordon D says:

Best known as one half of an erratic (and eccentric) duo, this English musician is a virtuouso performer on multiple stringed instruments, as well as the theremin and wah-wah wheelie bin. He is also a skilled wood-worker. Since the early 2000s he has been a member of a band that has released three albums to date. He is also credited with perfomances on recordings by a noted Australian singer/multi-instrumentalist and a legendary American country artist.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 12:43:11 GMT
Lez Lee says:

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 12:42:07 GMT
RedJohn says:
As in orldelorryer(r)s.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 12:25:40 GMT
Lez Lee says:
I can only pronounce Ayers the Scouse way - 'errs'. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 10:58:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2012 10:58:29 GMT
Carradale says:

[I'm soooo good to you!)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 10:54:09 GMT
nocheese says:
A red kite?

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 10:40:44 GMT
Carradale says:
You are of course probably correct. Just thought there was always a bit of French in there for all his Englishness.
Just flying a kite! ;-)

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 10:29:25 GMT
nocheese says:
I'd say 'airs', but that's just me.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 10:06:46 GMT
Carradale says:
Is it pronounced a-ers or aye-a?

(Sorry don't do phonetics well. Lez? nc?)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 19:18:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2012 19:19:28 GMT
nocheese says:
Yes indeed. His dad was the producer of The Old Grey Whistle Test.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 19:02:50 GMT
Gordon D says:
Kevin Ayers?

Posted on 5 Nov 2012 09:47:50 GMT
nocheese says:
Cheers, Gordon.

Son of the producer of a TV music show, this singer/songwriter/guitarist spent his early years in Malaysia. He was a member of a famous English psychedelic band which was active from the mid-sixties until the mid-eighties, although he left to pursue a solo career at the end of the sixties.

He has remained active, although he seems to prefer sunshine and wine (among other things) to the rigours of pursuing a career, and who can blame him?

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 15:07:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 15:08:18 GMT
Gordon D says:
It is, indeed, NC. I saw the great Danny at the Weaver's Arms in Stoke Newington on a brief tour to promote Easy Street in 1993. Unfortunately, he'd mislaid his drummer en route from Texas and had to recruit a replacement pretty much off the streets of north London. The new ol' boy seeemed to me to fit in pretty well.

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 12:53:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 13:03:19 GMT
nocheese says:
Hi Gordon - is this Danny Levin of the great 'Asleep at the Wheel'? His solo CD 'Easy Street' is currently unavailable on Amazon.

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 12:29:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 12:34:36 GMT
Gordon D says:
Principally a fiddler of a more wholesome kind than those filling the news pages at present, this multi-instrumentalist and occasional singer was born in Philadelphia in 1949 and established himself through his mid-seventies to mid-eighties tenure with a critically acclaimed western swing band that formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but is most strongly associated with Austin, Texas. Although he has only released one album as a solo performer, in 1993, he has appeared on recordings by numerous acts, including Faith No More, Jimmy Webb, Mike Bloom and, most recently, Glen Campbell. He has made the odd reappearance with his former band, now numbering among more than 80 present and former members.
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