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Gilbert O'Sullivan

Raymond Edward O'Sullivan, known professionally as Gilbert O'Sullivan (born 1 December 1946, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter, best known for his early 1970s hits "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down". Image File history File links Gilbert_O'Sullivan. ... Image File history File links Gilbert_O'Sullivan. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... County Waterford (Port Láirge in Irish) is a county in the province of Munster on the south coast of Ireland. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... 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. ... Alone Again (Naturally) is a song by the Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert OSullivan. ... Clair is a popular song by Gilbert OSullivan and one of his biggest selling singles. ...

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Biography

Early in his life, his family moved to Swindon, Wiltshire, England, where he attended St. Joseph's Secondary School. Here he began to develop an interest in music and art. At Swindon Art College in 1963, he met Rick Davies who would later become a member of the progressive rock band Supertramp. During these years, O'Sullivan experimented with songwriting, writing his first song, "Ready Miss Steady."[citation needed] For other places with the same name, see Swindon (disambiguation). ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Rick Davies, 2001 Rick Davies (born Richard Davies on July 22, 1944, in Eastcott Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, England) is a British musician, who is the founder and a member of the group Supertramp. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Supertramp is a British progressive rock band that had a series of top-selling albums in the 1970s and 1980s. ...


O'Sullivan signed a five-year contract with CBS Records in 1967. However, after two unsuccessful singles with CBS, and one with the Irish label Major Minor, he sent some demo tapes to Gordon Mills, the manager of Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, whereupon he signed with Mills' label, MAM Records. It was Mills who redesignated him Gilbert O'Sullivan, a pun on Gilbert and Sullivan, but the eye-catching visual image comprising pudding basin haircut, cloth cap and short trousers, was O'Sullivan's own idea, reportedly hated by Mills but O'Sullivan insisted on going with it, at least for a couple of years, after which a more modern look took over, in which he often wore a sweater bearing a large letter 'G'. At the end of 1970, O'Sullivan achieved his first UK Top 10 hit with "Nothing Rhymed", which reached No. 8 (No. 1 in The Netherlands), and enjoyed nearly five years of major success. This run incorporated thirteen more hit singles, six of which reached the UK Top 10, plus four Top 10 albums, including Himself (1971), Back To Front (1972), I'm A Writer Not A Fighter (1973) and A Stranger In My Own Back Yard (1974). In 1972, his international star raised after his self-penned ballad, "Alone Again (Naturally)," a No. 3 hit in Britain, became a chart-topper in the U.S., spending six weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and selling nearly two million copies there. Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Gordon L. Mills (born March 30, 1928 in Brighton, Sussex, England, died June 4, 2004) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, KBE (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name as Tom Jones, is a Grammy Award winning Welsh popular music singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... MAM Records was a record label launched in 1970, by the management of Gordon Mills and Tom Jones. ... W. S. Gilbert Arthur Sullivan Librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842–1900) collaborated on a series of fourteen comic operas in Victorian England between 1871 and 1896. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A jumper from Marks & Spencer A sweater (also called sweatshirt, pullover, jumper, and jersey) is a relatively heavy garment intended to cover the torso and arms of the human body (though, in some cases, sweaters are made for dogs and occasionally other animals) and typically to be worn over a... 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 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. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... 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. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


He also landed two consecutive UK chart toppers, with the songs "Clair" (1972), which reached No. 2, and "Get Down" (1973), which reached No. 7 America. However, things later turned sour, as O'Sullivan discovered his recording contract with MAM Records greatly favoured the label's owner. A litigation followed, with prolonged argument over how much money his songs had earned and how much of that money he had actually received. Widely reported in the media, this may have been the first high-profile case of its kind.[citation needed] Eventually the court found in O'Sullivan's favour, awarding him seven million pounds sterling in damages, the judge described him as "a patently honest and sincere man" who had been treated shabbily.[citation needed] He had won, but the court battle had put his recording career on hold. 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. ... Clair is a popular song by Gilbert OSullivan and one of his biggest selling singles. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... MAM Records was a record label launched in 1970, by the management of Gordon Mills and Tom Jones. ... It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ...


Sometime before the case had come to court, he had returned to his old record label, CBS, after a five year chart absence in 1980, with a new contract. The first single of the new contract - "What's In A Kiss" - reached No. 19 in the UK.[citation needed] But then the hits completely dried up, and due in part to the court case, O'Sullivan released no new material between 1982 and 1987.[citation needed] Apart from a minor hit single in 1990 and a compilation album in 1991, O'Sullivan was absent from the charts, until another compilation album returned him to the Top 20 in 2004. For years O'Sullivan spoke in a bad light about his fall from fame, once saying that "no-one cares" what he has to say anymore, until the Internet came along and he got in contact with some fans on his website.[citation needed] This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... A website (alternatively, Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP, a...


However, O'Sullivan continues to record and perform to the present day, and enjoys some success in Japan.[citation needed]


Discography

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Contemporary usage of his songs

  • Two of O'Sullivan's more famous songs, "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Get Down", were used in the opening and closing credits (respectively) of the Japanese Anime, Maison Ikkoku. Because the songs were used without authorisation it caused a minor uproar and only episode 24 featured them, after which the previous songs replaced them. Because of copyright reasons they have not been included with any home video releases outside of Japan.[citation needed]
  • "Alone Again (Naturally)" is played during the end and credits of Episode 4 of the second series of the BBC One drama series Life on Mars.
  • "Nothing Rhymed" was used at the start of the second series finale of Consolevania, played over an archive new reel montage of an alternate history of the 20th century.
  • Singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone did a version of "Alone Again Naturally" on her album Fodder On My Wings (1982). The lyrics were however completely different, talking about the death of Dr. Simone's father.[citation needed]
  • A clip from "Alone Again (Naturally)" appears in the film, Stuart Little 2.
  • In the film Love Actually, Colin Firth makes a reference to O’Sullivan's song title. The scene shows Firth’s love interest leaving his life, to which he responds “Alone Again” (Pause) “Naturally”.
  • "Alone Again (Naturally)" is used in the movie The Virgin Suicides.
  • In The Simpsons episode - The Wettest Stories Ever Told, "Alone Again (Naturally)" features in Homer's tale which is a spoof of The Poseidon Adventure. In the scene, Comic Book Guy turns on a radio to hear the song being played.

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References

  • 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
  • The Book of Golden Discs - 2nd Edition - ISBN 0-214-20512-6

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External links

  • Official Gilbert O'Sullivan Page
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan on magazine covers
  • Biography at AMG website

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Gordonmills.co.uk: Gilbert O'Sullivan (805 words)
Raymond O'Sullivan, he started to write songs from an early age, moved to London to try to make it in the music business and in 1966 he signed a recording contract with April Music, the publishing arm of CBS Records.
When Gilbert photo's appeared in front of him, Gordon had a giggle and was instantly put off before having a listen to the tape but was intrigued as Gilbert's appearance reminded Gordon of his own father.
His ability to combine catchy tunes with clever lyrics is a dying art in today's hollow music industry and it is therefore small wonder that Gilbert O'Sullivan is still regarded with great affection as one of the best singer-songwriters Britain has ever produced.
Gilbert O'Sullivan (717 words)
O'Sullivan went on to become one of the biggest selling artists of 1972, following with two consecutive hits, 'Get Down' and 'Clair', both of which were number ones in Britain.
The judge not only awarded O'Sullivan substantial damages and had all agreements with MAM set aside, but decreed that all the singer's master tapes and copyrights should be returned.
Despite his court victory over Mills, O'Sullivan failed to re-establish his career to its former glory.
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