Sunday, 17 February 2008

Sunday night rock 'n' roll

Gary Glitter (born Paul Francis Gadd May 8, 1944) is an English rock and pop singer and songwriter who had a string of chart successes with a collection of 1970s glam rock hits including "Rock and Roll parts 1 & 2", "I Love You Love Me Love", "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" and "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again". He is currently in jail until August 2008 in Vietnam for child sexual abuse.

Glitter first came to prominence in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. He had one of the longest chart runs of any solo singer in the UK during the 1970s. Between 1972 and 1995 Glitter charted no fewer than 25 hit singles which spent a grand total of 179 weeks in the UK Top 100. His success as a live performer lasted well beyond the decade. He continued to record in the 1980s and 1990s, with his 1984 song "Another Rock N' Roll Christmas" being one of the Top 30 Christmas hits of all time. He released seven studio albums, and at least 15 greatest hits collections or live albums. In 1998, his recording of "Rock and Roll" was voted as one of the Top 1001 songs in music history.

Leaving aside Gary Glitter's disgusting paedophilia, now that I'm back online after Telstra fixed the phone line that had been cut through by a sewerage team up the street his song Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again seemed appropriate after the three day hiatus. Rock and Roll is a terrific piece and deserves its place in the Top 1001. Make sure to turn up the volume and bass for Part II of that tune. His version of House Of The Rising Sun is also great.

Rock and Roll Part I

Rock and Roll Part II

Hello Hello I'm Back Again

House of the Rising Sun

(Nothing Follows)

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