David William “Dave” Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a Welsh singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and record producer. Although he is mainly associated with pub rock and new wave, having many hits in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950’s style rock and roll. In July 2017, he was reported to have retired from the music business.
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Edmunds was born in Cardiff. (15 April 1944) is a Welsh singer, guitarist and record producer. As a teenager, he first played in 1954 with a band called The Edmunds Bros Duo with his older brother Geoff (born in 1940, Cardiff); this was a piano duo. Then the brothers were in The Stompers later called The Heartbeats formed in c 1957 with Geoff on rhythm guitar; Dave on lead guitar; Denny Driscoll on lead vocals; Johnny Stark on drums and Ton Edwards on bass. Then Dave and Geoff were in The 99ers along with scientist and writer Brian J. Ford. After that Dave Edmunds was in Crick Feather’s Hill-Bill’s formed in c 1960, with Feathers (Edmunds) on lead guitar; Zee Dolan on bass; Tennessee Tony on lead vocals; Tony Kees on piano and Hank Two Sticks on drums. The first group that Edmunds fronted was the Cardiff-based 1950s style rockabilly trio The Raiders formed in 1961, along with Brian ‘Rockhouse’ Davies on bass and Ken Collier on drums. Edmunds was the only constant member of the group, which later included bassist Mick Still, Bob ‘Congo’ Jones on drums and John Williams (stage name John David) on bass. The Raiders worked almost exclusively in the South Wales area.
In 1966, after a short spell in Parlophone recording band The Image (1965–1966), with local drummer Tommy Riley, Edmunds shifted to a more blues-rock sound, reuniting with Congo Jones and bassist John Williams and adding second guitarist Mickey Gee to form the short lived Human Beans, a band that played mostly in London and on the UK university circuit. In 1967, the band recorded a cover of “Morning Dew” on the Columbia label, that failed to have any chart impact. After just eighteen months, the core of ‘Human Beans’ formed a new band called Love Sculpture that again reinstated Edmunds, Jones and Williams as a trio. Love Sculpture scored a quasi-novelty Top 5 hit by reworking Khachaturian’s classical piece “Sabre Dance” as a speed-crazed rock number, inspired by Keith Emerson’s classical rearrangements. “Sabre Dance” became a hit after garnering the enthusiastic attention of British DJ John Peel. The band issued two albums.
Although he is primarily associated with pub rock and New Wave, and had numerous hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s style rock and roll.
|1||I Hear You Knocking|
|3||Teacher Teacher (with Rockpile)|
|4||Baby I Love You|
|5||I Knew the Bride|
|6||Queen of Hearts|
|7||Singing the Blues|
|9||Born to Be With You|
|10||I’m Comin’ Home|
|11||Almost Saturday Night|
|12||The Promised Land|
|13||The Race Is On (with Stray Cats)|
|14||Crawling from the Wreckage|
|15||King of Love|
|16||Closer to the Flame|
|17||High School Nights|
|20||Here Comes the Weekend|
|21||Where or When|
|25||It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (with Suzy Bogguss)|
|26||Wang Dang Doodle|
|27||Baby Ride Easy (with Carlene Carter)|
|28||Thread Your Needle|
|29||Never Been In Love|
|30||Don’t You Double|