Rock on with David Essex OBE


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70s heartthrob David Essex OBE has enjoyed success as a singer, songwriter, producer, director, author and actor in film, TV and theatre, filling stadiums and packing out theatres. He has written, recorded and produced albums and singles that have sold millions of copies worldwide, and enjoyed success with 23 Top 30 singles in Britain alone. Back by popular demand, David returns to Potters on Sunday 1st November 2020 and we can't wait!

David was nominated for a Grammy award for his smash hit single Rock On in 1974 and other hits from his 50-year repertoire include Gonna Make You a Star, Lamplight, Good Together, It’s Gonna be Alright, Missing You, Oh What a Circus, Silver Dream Machine and A Winter’s Tale. According to The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, he was voted the number one British male vocalist in 1974.

As well as penning his own material, the versatile performer shot to fame as a West End star when he secured the role of Jesus in the London production of musical Godspell. Other theatre credits include Che in the original production of Evita, Reverend Shaw in Footloose, George in Aspects of Love and Levi Lee in All the Fun of the Fair.

David also starred in Silver Dream Racer, That’ll Be The Day and Stardust films. More recent highlights include a stint in Eastenders in 2011 and performing in The War of the Worlds stage show in 2016. He has also written best-selling books, was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his role as an ambassador for the Voluntary Service Overseas, and received a Variety Lifetime Achievement award.  

One thing is for sure – the original Mr Essex still knows how to Rock On and entertain an audience!

Here’s some facts on David Essex OBE…

  • The entertainer was born David Albert Cook in Plaistow, East London.
  • As a solo performer he’s achieved 19 top 40 hit singles and 16 top 40 albums. 
  • David was a major pin-up, with crowds for his concerts resembling Beatlemania and traffic stopping whenever he appeared.
  • Before fame, he had a brief soccer career with West Ham United’s youth team and was a drummer for a local band before hitting it big.
  • He wrote Rock On to play at the end of the 1973 movie That’ll Be the Day, where he played a working-class, aspiring rocker.
  • He played Che Guevara in the musical Evita and was even in the running for the role in Grease that was eventually played by John Travolta. Other theatre credits include performances in Boogie Nights 2, Footloose, Aspects of Love, plus his own musicals Mutiny! and All The Fun of the Fair.
  • At the height of his success David owned 100 motorcycles.
  • He has written books including Faded Glory, and Travelling Tinker Man and Other Rhymes.

A guest who saw David Essex OBE on his last appearance at Potters wrote: “This was our first overnight stay at Potters, and we weren't disappointed. We stayed in a terraced bungalow which was spacious and had plenty of hanging space, very clean and tidy with a good shower in the bathroom. Our evening meal was excellent with lots of choice and very quick polite service. Then there was David Essex, what more could you ask for, he was brilliant, and ages so well. In the morning we had a great breakfast again with a good choice on the menu, altogether a great stay. Would recommend.