David Es*** Overview

David Es*** OBE Order of the British Empire (born David Albert Cook on 23 July 1947) is an English England actor and singer, who has enjoyed a varied show business career.

 
Es*** was born in Plaistow Plaistow, Newham , England which, at the time of his birth, was officially part of the county of Es***. His father was an East End dock worker and his mother was a self-taught pianist and the daughter of Irish Travellers. His grandfather was named 'Philimore' which was the anglicised version of 'Philly Mor' - being Irish for 'Big Philly'. Es*** was two years old when his parents moved out of the overcrowded home the family was sharing with relatives, to Canning Town where he grew up. Es*** attended Star Lane Primary School, he loved playing football football (soccer) and didn't answer any of the questions in the Eleven plus exam for entry into a Grammar School, so that he could ensure he attended Shipman County Secondary School where he knew they played the game. He was also a member of West Ham United West Ham United F.C. Juniors for a while and dreamed of one day being a professional player. He then also became interested in music and played drums with a local band, before becoming a singer.


Early career

He made his first record entitled 'And The Tears Came Tumblin' Down' for the Decca Decca Records label in 1963. He then toured with a band called "David Es*** and the Mood Indigo" for two years. His first notable acting role aside from small appearances in the films Assault and All Coppers Are... was the lead in the stage musical musical theatre , Godspell in 1971 at the age of 23. Two years later, he starred in the film That'll Be The Day That'll Be The Day (film) (1973) and recorded his only international hit single, The self penned "Rock On Rock On (David Es*** song) ", in the same year. A second single, "Lamplight", also reached the British Top 10 UK Singles Chart .

In the 1970s, Es*** emerged as a performer of some note. His biggest hit Chart-topper s during this decade included two UK Number One Chart-topper single single (Music) s: "Gonna Make You a Star" (1974), a satirical look at success; and "Hold Me Close" (1975), a cheerful singalong. He also appeared in Stardust Stardust (1974 movie) , a 1974 sequel to That'll Be The Day That'll Be The Day (film) ; the title song was another Top 10 hit. In 1976, Es*** covered the Beatles song, “Yesterday Yesterday (song) ”, for the musical documentary All This and World War II.

Es***'s pop idol looks gave him a strong female fan base and his British tours created scenes of hysteria reminiscent of Beatlemania. According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 16th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-190-X 'he was voted the number one British male vocalist in 1974, and was a teen idol for more than a decade'.


Musical roles

In 1978, he appeared on Jeff Wayne's concept album, a musical version of The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds , as the Artilleryman. In the UK the two-record set remains a bestseller.

In the same year, Es*** played the character Che, loosely based on Che Guevara, in the original production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita Evita (musical) , and his recording of the show's "Oh What a Circus" reached Number 3. Two years later, he starred in the film Silver Dream Racer; and the soundtrack song "Silver Dream Machine" was yet another Top 10 hit in the UK singles chart.

In 1985, he co-wrote and starred as Fletcher Christian in the West End West End theatre musical Mutiny!, based on the novel Mutiny on the Bounty Mutiny on the Bounty (novel) by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The score produced two more hit singles, including "Tahiti," his tenth Top 10 success.

Es*** has continued to perform in all areas of show business, to varying degrees of success. A 1988 sitcom, "The River The River (TV series) ", achieved good ratings. In 1991, a compilation entitled His Greatest Hits reached Number 13; a 1993 album, Cover Shot, featuring a cover version of the Buzz Cason/Mac***den classic "Everlasting Love", peaked at Number 3. His autobiography, A Charmed Life, was published in 2002, and became a bestseller.

In 1999, Es*** was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He still tours the UK on a yearly basis and releases albums through his website. Despite his long and successful British career, he remains largely unknown in the United States. "Rock On" reached Number 5 in 1974, and was his only Billboard Billboard magazine Top 40 hit single.

The grandson of an Irish Traveller, Es*** portrayed a kind-hearted gypsy in one episode of ITV1's 1960s Yorkshire-based drama Heartbeat Heartbeat (TV series) in 2000. Es*** told Jake Bowers of the BBC's Rokker Radio, a programme for Gypsies and Travellers, on 30 July 2006, that he has always been openly proud of his Traveller roots, but that having moved to the US, Es*** has said he feels it inappropriate for him to continue as Patron of Britain's National Gypsy Council, which works for equal rights, education, and services for Romany Romani people and Irish Travellers. Also that year, he appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Documentary film Bring Back...The Christmas Number One.

Es*** was due to join the cast of soap opera EastEnders, in early 2006, as new character Jack Edwards Jack Edwards (EastEnders) . However, the role was expanded beyond the three weeks planned, and Es*** was unable to commit the time. The role instead went to Nicky Henson.

A model and recording of Es*** is featured in the museum of West Ham United Football Club. In the recording, he explains his reasons for supporting West Ham and his love of the team.

Es*** spent six years as an ambassador for Voluntary Service Overseas, which earned him an OBE in 1999. "That was a big day. I took my two eldest kids, and me mum even went out and bought a hat."


Present

Es*** continues to record and release records on his own 'Lamplight' record label. He tours regularly and still treads the boards, recently appearing in 'Boogie Nights 2', 'Footloose' and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects Of Love.
Singles

* "Rock On Rock On (David Es*** song) " - 1973 - Number 3
* "Lamplight" - 1973 - Number 7
* "America" - 1974 - Number 32
* "Gonna Make You a Star" - 1974 - Number 1
* "Stardust" - 1975 - Number 7
* "Rolling Stone" - 1975 - Number 5
* "Hold Me Close" - 1975 - Number 1
* "If I Could" - 1975 - Number 13
* "City Lights" - 1976 - Number 24
* "Coming Home" - 1976 - Number 24
* "Cool Out Tonight" - 1977 - Number 23
* "Stay With Me Baby Stay with Me (Lorraine Ellison song) " - 1978 - Number 45
* "Oh What A Circus" - 1978 - Number 3
* "Brave New World" - 1978 - Number 55
* "Imperial Wizard" - 1979 - Number 32
* "Silver Dream Machine (Part 1)" - 1980 - Number 4
* "Hot Love" - 1980 - Number 57
* "Me And My Girl (Night-Clubbing)" - 1982 - Number 13
* "A Winter's Tale" - 1982 - Number 2
* "The Smile" - 1983 - Number 52
* "Tahiti (From 'Mutiny In The Bounty')" - 1983 - Number 8
* "You're In My Heart" - 1983 - Number 59
* "Fishing For The Moon" - 1984 - Number 76
* "Welcome" - 1984 - Number 80
* "Fallen Angels Riding" - 1985 - Number 29
* "Friends" - 1985 - Number 91
* "Myfanwy" - 1987 - Number 41* "The River" - 1988 - Number 97
* "Rock On" (remix) - 1989 - Number 93
* "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" - 1989 - Number 90
* "True Love Ways" - 1994 (with Catherine Zeta Jones) - Number 38


Albums

* Rock On Rock On (David Es*** album) - 1973 - Number 7
* David Es*** - 1974 - Number 2
* All The Fun Of The Fair - 1975 - Number 4
* On Tour - 1976 - Number 51
* Out On The Street - 1976 - Number 31
* Gold and Ivory - 1977 - Number 29
* David Es*** Album - 1979 - Number 29
* Imperial Wizard - 1979 - Number 12
* Hot Love - 1980 - Number 75
* Stage-Struck - 1982 - Number 31
* The Very Best Of David Es*** - 1982 - Number 32
* Central Stage - 1987
* Living in England - 1995
* A Night at the Movies - 1997 - Number 14
* I Still Believe - 1999
* Thank You - 2000
* Wonderful - 2001
* Theatre Of Dreams - 2001
* Forever - 2001
* Sunset - 2003
* It's Gonna Be Alright - 2004
* Greatest Hits Greatest Hits (David Es*** album) - 2006
* Beautiful Day - 2006
* Happy Ever After - 2007
* All The Fun Of The Fair - Greatest Hits - 2008 - UK UK Albums Chart #23
 

 

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