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(Vocals, 1940–83)

This fated Liverpudlian was on a par with Cliff Richard as a British Elvis Presley, enjoying 11 Top 10 hits before vanishing into a cabaret netherworld. Though dogged by severe ill health, he resurfaced as a typecast rock’n’roll singer in the 1973 movie That’ll Be The Day. As he may have wished, he died with a record in the charts – 1983’s ‘Devil Or Angel’ – although he was unable either to begin a scheduled tour or complete The Only One, intended as a farewell album.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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