His repertoire consisted of early rock and roll standards and gentle ballads. In January , at 15, under the stage name Paul Raven, he released his first single , "Alone in the Night". A year later, with a new manager, Vic Billings, Raven signed a new recording contract with Parlophone and worked with record producer George Martin , before Martin's association with the Beatles.
Martin produced two singles, "Walk on Boy" and " Tower of Strength ", but neither sold very well and Raven's recording career stalled. By , Raven was reduced to working as an assistant, and playing the warm-up for the British music television programme Ready Steady Go! He did numerous television commercials and film auditions, and in the course of those activities met arranger and record producer Mike Leander , who eventually helped revive his career. Raven even auditioned for the role of the protagonist in the film Privilege , which was written and directed by Peter Watkins , known for the television drama The War Game.
Raven joined the Mike Leander Show Band in early He was then deputised to produce a few recording sessions by such artists as Thane Russell and a Scottish freakbeat band, the Poets. After Leander's group disbanded, Raven formed Boston International with saxophonist John Rossall, and spent the following five years touring the UK and West Germany , recording occasionally.
From to , several singles including "Musical Man", "Goodbye Seattle" and a cover version of the Beatles' " Here Comes the Sun " were released, his name briefly changed to Paul Monday. As the glam movement took off in , Raven adopted the new stage name Gary Glitter, which he devised by playing alliteratively with letters of the alphabet, working backwards from Z. The song that made Gary Glitter's name began as a minute jam session ; whittled down to a pair of three-minute extracts it was released in as the A-side and B-sides of a single called " Rock and Roll, Parts 1 and 2 ".
Part 2 proved to be the more popular side in many countries, although it took about six months before it made its full impact, going to No. Rex for domination of the charts. To reinforce his image, he reportedly owned 30 glitter suits and fifty pairs of silver platform boots.
He had eleven consecutive Top 10 singles, from "Rock and Roll, Parts 1 and 2" in to " Doing Alright with the Boys " in the summer of Despite his success in the UK, Glitter never made the same impact in America where, at best, glam rock was seen as a curiosity. His next release was a cover of the Rivingtons ' novelty nonsensical doo-wop song " Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow ", but it got no higher than No.
That same year, his first hits package, simply titled Greatest Hits , was released. It entered the UK Top 40 best-seller charts. In , Glitter faced declining record sales. He took a two-year-long exile , living in France and Australia , before returning to the UK, and beginning his comeback.
Glitter's career took a downturn towards the end of the s, leading him to declare bankruptcy in , though he later blamed the high tax rate in the UK at the time. It took the post-punk audience, and some of its artists who still respected Glitter's work, to do that; he had been an influence on post-punk, new wave , Britpop and glam metal , as well as early punk rock itself.
This helped provide the opportunity for Glitter to cut a dance medley of his greatest hits, "All That Glitters", which charted in Within three years, he was playing 80 shows a year at colleges and nightclubs and had chart hits " Dance Me Up " UK No.
Glitter's comeback was boosted in the s by various guest spots and collaborations. In the late s, his hit singles were used to compile the Telstar-released C'mon In Glitter received a ten-year driving ban and narrowly escaped imprisonment after a third conviction for drunk driving. During the s Glitter became a Buddhist and a vegetarian.
He had signed to Virgin after leaving Arista Records in after twelve years with the label. Attitude records was merged into Machmain Ltd later in the s, a music company owned by Glitter.
Glitter spent the next decade mostly as an in-demand live performer, and his back catalogue of recordings proved durable enough for several compilations to be successfully released. He appeared in billboard and poster advertisements for British Rail , in one of which he was shown attempting to look younger in order to obtain a Young Persons Railcard. The Leader , his best-selling autobiography , was published in In , Snapper Music re-promoted The Ultimate Gary Glitter — 25 Years of Hits , a two-disc compilation album of Glitter's music initially released in , days after his arrest, which covers his commercial breakthrough in through to while also including a song that was later released on On , and singles by his former backing band the Glitter Band without him; again it was moderately successful.
In September he released a new studio album, On , that included material written before his British conviction. That material was to have been part of a project called Lost on Life Street until that album's release was cancelled following his arrest. By December , after releasing a new single, "Control", Glitter was in the news again concerning his behaviour; NGOs had been petitioning the government with their own evidence aimed at arresting Glitter. He moved to Vietnam.
In Remember Me This Way , the documentary filmed at Glitter's career peak in and originally released in , was issued for the first time on DVD. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
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Westlake , Los Angeles , California . The band's label blacked out the bod, leaving a triangle of bikini. Instead of seeming lewd, the Crowes seem oddly patriotic. In later pressings, censors covered the woman's backside with a black box. Out of respect, the cover was changed to an image of the band standing solemnly.There I Said It will move you to tears, so much emotion pours out of him. The Original High, Evil In The Night, Another Lonely Night, all superb. His first single from this album, Ghost Town, will make you get up and dance. Lucy, a fantastic rock track featuring Dr Brian May's Red Special is another winner. There is not one "album filler" in there/5().