Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Steve Harley, born Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice, and is an English singer and song writer. He was born on 27th February 1951 at Deptford, London. He gained international fame while working with the rock band Cockney Rebel and he still works with that band. During his childhood, he suffered from polio and in the hospital he heard Bob Dylan who inspired him.
He started working in clubs and bars and joined the band Odin. He met Jean-Paul Crocker when he was working in Odin and later founded Cockney Rebel in '72. They released their debut album ‘The Human Menagerie’ in 1973. In the following year they released their second album ‘The Psychomodo’, but parted in the same year. After that separation, Steve continued the band with the drummer Stuart Elliot and renamed the band as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel.
Steves most successful single 'Come Up and See Me Make Me Smile' whilst being a massive Worldwide hit has proved to be a bit of a burden too...as he says "everyone thinks I only wrote one F....ing song!"
Albums included in the 70's were 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Mr Raffles'. In the 1980 he relocated himself to the United States.
During the early days of 1990, he brought out a number of solo albums. His songs 'Make Me Smile', 'Tumbling Down', and 'Sebastian' featured in the Todd Haynes’ rock musical Velvet Goldmine in 1998. Other albums include ‘Hobo with a Grin’, ‘The Candidate’, ‘Yes You Can’, ‘Poetic Justice’ and The Quality Of Mercy.
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