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Encyclopedia > David Essex
David Essex
Background information
Birth name David Albert Cook
Born 23 July 1947 (1947-07-23) (age 60)
Origin Flag of England Plaistow, London, England
Genre(s) Pop, Musical Theatre
Instrument(s) Vocal
Years active 1971 - present
Website [1]

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Biography

His father was an East End dock worker and his mother was a self-taught pianist and the daughter of Irish travellers. Essex was two years old when his parents moved out of the overcrowded home the family was sharing with relatives, to Canning Town East London, where he grew up. He loved playing football, was a member of West Ham United Juniors for a while and dreamed of one day being a professional player. [3] A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... , Canning Town is an area of East London, England and is one of the best places in the eastern part of London. ... East London (Afrikaans: Oos-Londen, Xhosa: Imonti) is a city in southeast South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province at 32. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ...


Early career

David Essex's first notable acting role was the lead in the stage musical, Godspell[4] in 1971 at the age of 23. Two years later, he starred in the film That'll Be The Day (1973) and recorded a major hit single, "Rock On" (which he wrote himself), in the same year. A second single, "Lamplight", also reached the British Top 10. The Black Crook (1866) is considered the first musical comedy Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Godspell is a 1970 play by John-Michael Tebelak. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Thatll be The Day is a 1973 British film starring David Essex and Ringo Starr and directed by Claude Whatham. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Rock On is the name of several albums: Rock On, a 1971 album by Humble Pie Rock On, a 1972 album by Richard Thompson collaboration The Bunch Rock On, a 1973 album by David Essex Rock On, a 1979 album by Alvin Stardust Rock On, a 1991 album by Del... A top 10 list is a generic term used to indicate a list of items, usually ten in number, which are considered to be best, worst, or notable in some other way, typically a record chart. ...


In the 1970s, Essex emerged as one of the UK's top performers. His biggest hits during this decade included two Number One singles : "Gonna Make You A Star" (1974), a satirical look at his success; and "Hold Me Close" (1975), a cheerful singalong. He also appeared in Stardust, a 1974 sequel to That'll Be The Day; 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. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Gonna Make You A Star was a popular single by David Essex. ... Hold Me Close was a UK #1 single in September 1975 for three weeks by David Essex. ... Stardust is a 1974 British film directed by Michael Apted and starring David Essex and Adam Faith. ... Thatll be The Day is a 1973 British film starring David Essex and Ringo Starr and directed by Claude Whatham. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Look up yesterday in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... All This and World War II (1976) is a musical documentary. ...


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 - 16th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-190-X 'he was voted the number one British male vocalist in 1974, and was a teen idol for more than a decade'. This article is about the British television series. ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ...


Musical roles

In 1978, he appeared on Jeff Wayne's concept album, a musical version of The War of the Worlds, as the Artilleryman. The two-record set remains a bestseller. [5] Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Jeffrey Jeff Wayne is a musician mostly known for his musical version of H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds. ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation). ... A bestseller is a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on lists of currently top selling titles that are based on publishing industry and booktrade figures and published by newspapers, magazines, or bookstore chains. ...


In the same year, Essex played the character Che, loosely based on Che Guevara, in the original production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita[1], and his recording of the show's "Oh What a Circus" [6] reached Number 3. Two years later, he starred in the film Silver Dream Racer; and the soundtrack song "Silver Dream Machine" was yet another Top 10 hit in the UK singles chart. [7] Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (June 14,[1] 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara, El Che or just Che was an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, medical doctor , political figure, and leader of Cuban and internationalist guerrillas. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Evita is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). ... Oh What a Circus is a well-known song from the 1976 musical Evita with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. ... silver dream racer This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...


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. [8] Fletcher Christian Fletcher Christian (September 25, 1764 – October 3, 1793) was a Masters Mate on board the Bounty during William Blighs fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants (see Mutiny on the Bounty). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Mutiny on the Bounty is the title of the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, based on the mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh, commanding officer of HMAV Bounty in 1789. ...


Essex has continued to perform in all areas of show business, to varying degrees of success. A 1989 sitcom, "The River", achieved good ratings. In 1991, a compilation entitled His Greatest Hits reached Number 13; a 1993 album, Cover Shot, peaked at Number 3. His autobiography, A Charmed Life, was published in 2002, and became a bestseller. [9] Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Charmed Life is a 1955 novel written by American novelist Mary McCarthy. ...


In 1999, Essex was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He still tours the UK on a yearly basis 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 5 in 1974, and was his only Billboard Top 40 hit single. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... Rock On is the name of several albums: Rock On, a 1971 album by Humble Pie Rock On, a 1972 album by Richard Thompson collaboration The Bunch Rock On, a 1973 album by David Essex Rock On, a 1979 album by Alvin Stardust Rock On, a 1991 album by Del... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


The grandson of an Irish Traveller, Essex told Jake Bowers of the BBC's Rokker Radio, a programme for Gypsies and Travellers, on 30th July 2006, that he has always been openly proud of his Traveller roots, but that having moved to the US, Essex has said he feels 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. [10] Irish Travellers (sometimes known as Tinkers) are a nomadic or itinerant people of Irish origin living in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States. ... Rokker Radio is a radio programme which has been broadcast on BBC Three Counties Radio since April 2006 for Gypsies and the travelling community. ... Languages Romani, languages of native region Religions Christianity, Islam Related ethnic groups South Asians (Desi) The Roma (singular Rom; sometimes Rroma, Rrom) or Romanies are an ethnic group living in many communities all over the world. ... Irish Travellers are a nomadic or itinerant people of Irish origin living in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States. ...


In 2005, he appeared as a guest vocalist on Saint Etienne's album Tales from Turnpike House. [11] Also that year, he appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Bring Back...The Christmas Number One. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Saint Etienne may mean: Saint Etienne, a UK band Saint- tienne, a commune of France AS Saint- tienne, a football (soccer) team This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Tales from Turnpike House is an album by British pop group Saint Etienne. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Bring Back. ...


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. [2] The role instead went to Nicky Henson. The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... EastEnders is a popular BBC television soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985[4] and continuing to date. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Edwards was a fictional character in the popular BBC1 soap opera EastEnders. ... Nicholas Victor Leslie Nicky Henson (b. ...


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. West Ham United Football Club are a professional English football club based in East London. ...


David spent six years as an ambassador for Voluntary Service Overseas, which earned him an OBE in 1999. "That was a big day. I took my two eldest kids, and me mum even went out and bought a hat," he laughs. He goes on to say it really was something very special: "But it didn't change me in any way. I don't have headed notepaper with David Essex OBE on it." [12] Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity that works through experienced volunteers living and working as equals alongside local partners. ...


Present

Essex continues to record and release records frequently on his own 'Lamplight' record label. He tours regularly and still treads the boards, recently appearing in 'Boogie Nights 2' and 'Footloose'. He is set to appear in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects Of Love August 2007. [13] Aspects of Love is a chamber opera with a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. ...


Throughout 2007, there have been a number of reported "secret" concerts at the LV= head office in Bournemouth, as Essex had been seen entering and exiting the building on a daily basis.


UK discography

Singles

Rock On is the name of several albums: Rock On, a 1971 album by Humble Pie Rock On, a 1972 album by Richard Thompson collaboration The Bunch Rock On, a 1973 album by David Essex Rock On, a 1979 album by Alvin Stardust Rock On, a 1991 album by Del... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... // America usually means either: The Americas, the lands and regions of the Western hemisphere, often divided into North America and South America The United States of America. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Gonna Make You A Star was a popular single by David Essex. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hold Me Close was a UK #1 single in September 1975 for three weeks by David Essex. ... If I Could is an EP released by 24-7 Spyz in 1997. ... City Lights is a 1931 film written by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coming Home is a 1978 film which tells the story of a handicapped Vietnam War veterans difficulty in re-entering civilian life after his return from the war. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Brave New World (disambiguation). ... Imperial Wizard was the title used by the national leader of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Hot Love is the name of a 1990 minor hit single by British pop group Five Star, peaking at UK #68 in July of that year and becoming their second single for their new record label, Epic. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Youre in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) is the name of a song written and recorded by Rod Stewart for his 1977 album Foot Loose & Fancy Free. ... A greeting word. ... This article is about the year. ... For friendship, see friendship. ... Myfanwy (← annwyl, ‘beloved’) is a popular Welsh song, composed by Joseph Parry and first published in 1875. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... There have been five movies titled The River: The River (1997) directed by Tsai Ming-liang. ... Rock On is the name of several albums: Rock On, a 1971 album by Humble Pie Rock On, a 1972 album by Richard Thompson collaboration The Bunch Rock On, a 1973 album by David Essex Rock On, a 1979 album by Alvin Stardust Rock On, a 1991 album by Del... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore is the name of a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. ... True Love Ways is a posthumous single released by Buddy Holly in 1960. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Catherine Zeta-Jones as seen in the 2004 film The Terminal Catherine Zeta_Jones (born September 25, 1969) is an Academy Award-winning Welsh actress. ...

Albums

  • Rock On - 1973 - Number 7
  • David Essex - 1974 - Number 2
  • All The Fun Of The Fair - 1975 - Number 4
  • On Tour - 1976 - Number 51
  • Out On The Street - 1976 - Number 31
  • Gold and Ivory - 1977 - Number 29
  • David Essex Album - 1979 - Number 29
  • Imperial Wizard - 1979 - Number 12
  • Hot Love - 1980 - Number 75
  • Stage-Struck - 1982 - Number 31
  • The Very Best Of David Essex - 1982 - Number 32
  • Greatest Hits - 2006
  • Happily Ever After - 2007

TBC Rock On is the name of several albums: Rock On, a 1971 album by Humble Pie Rock On, a 1972 album by Richard Thompson collaboration The Bunch Rock On, a 1973 album by David Essex Rock On, a 1979 album by Alvin Stardust Rock On, a 1991 album by Del... On Tour is a live album by Yann Tiersen. ... Imperial Wizard was the title used by the national leader of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century. ... Hot Love is the name of a 1990 minor hit single by British pop group Five Star, peaking at UK #68 in July of that year and becoming their second single for their new record label, Epic. ... Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album released by David Essex on 6 March 2006. ... Happily Ever After can refer to: Happily Ever After, a compilation double-LP comprising The Cure albums Seventeen Seconds and Faith; it was a U.S.-only issue by A&M Records. ... Look up TBC in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,919829,00.html Eva Peron, Superstar - Retrieved: April 28, 2007
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4491932.stm Essex withdraws from EastEnders - Retrieved: April 27, 2007
  3. ^ Lyrics see http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/4550/
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 16th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-190-X
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Albums - 7th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-619-7
  • The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits - ISBN 0-85112-250-7
  • [14] Essex chosen to star in musical, "Godspell" 1971 aged 23
  • [15] Jeff Wayne's "The War Of The Worlds" 1978
  • [16] The Biography Channel - Born in Plaistow
  • [17] The Biography Channel - cites early years
  • [18] Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, song "Oh What a Circus" by David Essex
  • [19] David Essex to appear in "Aspects Of Love" a new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • [20] Saint Etienne: Tales From Turnpike House released: 13 June 2005
  • [21] former patron of the Gypsy Council in Britain
  • [22] David Essex awarded the OBE in 1999 in recognition of his charity work with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
  • [23] (para.4) Essex starred in and wrote score for movie "Silver Dream Racer". David, also topped the UK music charts with "Silver Dream Machine
  • [24] A Charmed Life: The Autobiography of David Essex - published 2002 (Orion)
  • [25] 5th paragraph "Essex played Fletcher Christian in his own musical Mutiny! (co-written with Richard Crane) which played at the Piccadilly Theatre for 16 months.

External links

http://www.myspace.com/davidessex01 The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


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David Essex - definition of David Essex in Encyclopedia (221 words)
David Essex (born July 23, 1947) is a British actor and singer who has enjoyed a varied career.
In 1978, Essex was Che Guevara in the original production of Evita, and in the same year appeared in the film Silver Dream Racer, all the while continuing his successful singing career.
Essex has nevertheless continued to act and sing and enjoys a large fan base in the UK.
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