Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 7 May '48) UK singer, pianist, producer. Formed blues band Jellybread while studying at Sussex U. late '60s: Paul Butler, guitar; John Best, bass; Chris Waters, drums; made First Slice and 65 Parkway '69-70, left to make name as session musician, credits incl. Freddy King, Maggie Bell, Bloodstone, mostly under aegis of Blue Horizon's prod. Mike Vernon. Played in Colin Blunstone band, wrote three songs for him; backed Van Morrison live '74. Signed with Island for solo Breakfast Special '75, a collection of white soul and R&B that revealed an unsuspected vocal talent incl. a stunning falsetto; he continued to front band with Joe Jammer (Joseph Wright) on guitar, Glen LeFleur on drums, Delisle Harper on bass, George Chandler on vocals, and had three minor UK hits with them. Retired to produce, notably Dexy's Midnight Runners' Searching For The Young Soul Rebels '80 with no. 1 hit "Geno' (the band hijacked the master tape to secure a better deal for themselves); also Dexy's spinoff The Bureau '81, new romantics Blue Ronde A La Turk, Polish group LGT, Newcastle soulsters the Kane Gang, soul group Second Image; as sideline created session group Bands of Gold whose medley of soul hits "Love Songs Are Back Again' was top 25 '84.