Friday, 23 July 2010

Britain says "Happy Birthday" to David Essex

David Essex is, like me a London 'baby boomer' and having been born in 1947, has reached the age of 63.

Things you probably didn't know about David, he :

* was born David Albert Cook in 'Plaistow' part of the County Borough of West Ham in London.

* had a father who was an East End dock worker and a mother who was a self-taught pianist.

* was two years old when his parents moved to Canning Town where he grew up.

* attended 'Star Lane Primary School' where he loved playing football and did not answer any of the questions in the '11+' exam so that could attend 'Shipman County Secondary School', where he knew they played the game.

* was a member of 'West Ham United Juniors' and dreamed of one day being a professional player.

* became interested in music and played drums with a local band before becoming a singer.

* made his first record entitled 'And The Tears Came Tumblin' Down' in 1963 and then toured for 2 years in a band called 'David Essex and the Mood Indigo'.

* had his first major stage role as the lead in the stage musical, 'Godspell' in 1971 at the age of 23.

* appeared 2 years later as the star in the film 'That'll Be The Day' and recorded his only international hit single 'Rock On'.
Here he is with Ringo Starr in the film :

and 'Rock On' :
* recorded 'Gonna Make You a Star' in 1974 and 'Hold Me Close' in 1975.

'Hold Me Close' :

* appeared in 'Stardust', the 1974 sequel to 'That'll Be The Day'.
The last scene with Adam Faith :

* spent six years as an ambassador for 'Voluntary Service Overseas' and earned an O.B.E. in 1999. He said : "That was a big day. I took my two eldest kids, and me mum even went out and bought a hat".

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