Artist Countdown: Dave Edmunds Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

April 15, 2013
Editor In Chief

dedmundsEdmunds 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
2 Girls Talk
3 Teacher Teacher (with Rockpile)
4 Baby I Love You
5 I Knew the Bride
6 Queen of Hearts
7 Singing the Blues
8 Slipping Away
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
18 Blue Monday
19 Information
20 Here Comes the Weekend
21 Where or When
22 JuJu Man
23 Deborah
24 Television
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
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