Artist: David Essex

Rock On – David Essex

david essexDavid Essex is an English actor and singer, who has enjoyed a varied show business career.

David Essex’s first notable acting role was the lead in the stage musical, Godspell in 1971 at the age of 23. Two years later, he starred in the film That’ll Be The Day (1973) and recorded a major hit single, “Rock On” (which he wrote himself), in the same year. A second single, “Lamplight”, also reached the British Top 10.

In the 1970s, Essex emerged as one of the UK’s top performers. His biggest hits during this decade included two Number One singles: “Gonna Make You a Star” (1974), a satirical look at his success; and “Hold Me Close” (1975), a cheerful singalong. He also appeared in Stardust, a 1974 sequel to “That’ll Be The Day” – the title song was another Top 10 hit. In 1976, Essex covered the Beatles song, “Yesterday”, for the musical documentary All This and World War II.

Essex’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’.

Rock On

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Hey kid, rock and roll
Rock on, ooh, my soul
Hey kid, boogey too, did ya

Hey shout, summertime blues
Jump up and down in my blue suede shoes
Hey kid, rock and roll, rock on

And where do we go from here
Which is the way that’s clear

Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean
(James Dean)

And where do we go from here
Which is the way that’s clear

Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean
Rock on
Rock on
Rock on

Hey, hey
Rock and roll
Rock on

Rock on
Hey, hey
Rock and roll
Rock on

Rock on
Hey, hey
Rock and roll
Rock on

Rock on
Hey, hey
Rock and roll
Rock on……..

  • Audio from the 1973 album, Rock On:

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