Gary Glitter
Singer–songwriter, musician
Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter is an English former glam rock singer-songwriter and musician. Glitter first came to prominence in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. He had a long solo UK chart run during the 1970s, with several hits including "Rock and Roll, Parts One and Two", "I Love You Love Me Love", "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" and "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again".
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October 18, 2012
Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences as part of an ongoing police investigation into allegations of abuse surrounding late British TV entertainer Jimmy Savile (File Photos)
October 17, 2012
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August 21, 2008
Solicitor David Corker speaks to the press outside Uxbridge Magistrates' Court after a judge ordered that his client Paul Gadd (aka Gary Glitter) must sign the sex offenders register after arriving back in the UK. Glitter few into Heathrow airport this mo
August 19, 2008
Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences as part of an ongoing police investigation into allegations of abuse surrounding late British TV entertainer Jimmy Savile (File Photos)
August 18, 2008
GLITTER LEAVES JAIL LATEST: Disgraced pop star GARY GLITTER has been released from a prison in southern Vietnam, where he served a three-year sentence after he was convicted of child sex offences. The 64-year-old singer - real name Paul Gadd - walked free
August 17, 2008
Gary Glitter spending his last day in Vung Tau Prison, Vietnam on August 18, 2008. The disgraced glam rocker was freed by authorities a day later on August 19, 2008. The convicted paedophile was subsequently deported from Vietnam to his native Britain.
November 01, 2005
Gary Glitter performs in 1972 when the flamboyant glam rocker was in his heyday. The former rock idol, real name Paul Gadd, was arrested in Vietnam in November 2005 and sentenced to prison for sexual child abuse. He has now been freed and arrived back in
March 30, 2005
Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences as part of an ongoing police investigation into allegations of abuse surrounding late British TV entertainer Jimmy Savile (File Photos)
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The History of Glitter
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This piece first appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, a place for real and unreal stories from around the world. Drag queens flaunt it. Fairies sprinkle it. Little girls adore it. You couldn't have survived the '90s club scene without it. It's called glitter and it's got a history just like anything else. But unlike the length of its flash beneath the sun, glitter's history lasts longer than a nanosecond. So let's ruffle a few boa feathers, chip a stiletto, and explore something that most unglamorous folks don't consider a worthy essay topic. If you think that glitter originated with Tinkerbell, you are mistaken. Glitter has helped humanity shimmer for centuries -- like, since The Flintstones. Fred and Wilma smeared mica flakes into their cave paintings for that extra special something. It wasn't just cavemen, either. Even the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans admired the way glitter stole the show. It's likely that members of these civilizations not only used mica in ...
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Former pop star Gary Glitter convicted of child sex abuse
CNN - about 2 years
British former pop star Gary Glitter has been found guilty of child sex abuse for crimes he committed more than three decades ago.
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Former rock star Gary Glitter found guilty of sex abuse
CNN - about 2 years
Paul Gadd, a former rock star also known as Gary Glitter, found guilty of sexual abuse. ITN's Neil Connery reports.
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Former rock star Gary Glitter convicted of sex abuse
CNN - about 2 years
Paul Gadd, a former rock star also known as Gary Glitter, has been convicted of sexual abuse. ITN's Neil Connery reports.
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Former pop star Gary Glitter found guilty of child sex offences - about 2 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a "glam-rock" star but was later convicted of child sex crimes, was found guilty on Thursday of indecently assaulting three girls.
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Singer Gary Glitter convicted of sex crimes
Chicago Tribune - about 2 years
A jury in Britain on Thursday found former glam rock singer Gary Glitter guilty of a string of sex abuse offenses against three young girls in the 1970s.
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<i>Days Are Gone</i>: HAIM Sisters Surpass Hype With Marvelous Debut Album (Review)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tuesday, October 1st witnessed the long-anticipated release of HAIM's debut album, Days Are Gone. It is a masterwork. It is music that burrows in your brain and stays there. If news of this band is new to you, and you're wondering what in the world HAIM even stands for, just realize that it's a capitalized iteration of the bandmates' last names. They're sisters (the band's fourth and final member, drummer Dash Hutton, holds no relation to the other three....other, that is, than the ability to produce fantastic music). Named Danielle, Este &amp; Alana Haim, they grew up in SoCal's San Fernando Valley, bumping classic rock and rocking out with their musically-inclined parents from an early age onward. Danielle and Este first popped up briefly in 2005, as members of another band that had a single track make its way onto The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' soundtrack, but Days Are Gone, coming to us today through, of all places, Jay-Z's Roc Nation, is their debut album and first, ...
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Max Clifford Charged With Sexual Assault In Abuse Scandal
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
* Publicist Max Clifford charged with 11 sex assaults * The 70-year-old denies charges in statement on Sky (Adds Clifford statement, details, background) LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) - Celebrity publicist Max Clifford on Friday became the first high profile figure to be charged in a wide-ranging investigation into a sex scandal that has grabbed front page headlines in Britain in recent months. Clifford, 70, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, prosecutors said, including on two underage girls, after being arrested in December as part of an investigation into sex crime allegations againt the late Jimmy Savile. Savile, one of Britain's biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s, was after his death last year found to have carried out sex crimes on an unprecedented scale over six decades, triggering an inquiry that has snared several other celebrities. Clifford, whose clients have ...
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Jimmy Savile investigation: former BBC driver charged with sex offences
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
David Smith accused of offences that allegedly took place in 1984 and is the first suspect charged under Operation Yewtree Josh Halliday A former driver for celebrities has been charged with five offences of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s, becoming the first suspect to face charges under the Operation Yewtree investigation into Jimmy Savile and others. David Smith, who drove BBC personalities including Savile in the 1980s, is accused of committing buggery with a boy aged under 16 years old in July 1984.He has also been charged with two counts of indecent assault and two offences of gross indecency on a boy under the age of 14, the Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday. Each of these incidents relate to one alleged victim and are said to have taken place between 1 June and 21 July 1984. Smith, 66, will appear at Westminster magistrates court to face the charges on 8 May. He was arrested on 10 December last year. Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for the C ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Glitter
  • 2015
    Age 70
    On 17 November 2015 Glitter's appeal was denied by the Court of Appeal, which said there was nothing "unsafe" about the conviction.
    More Details Hide Details During his long career as a singer, Glitter undertook many tours to various venues around the world. His first tour was of the Middle East, as Paul Raven and the Boston International in 1967. He toured amongst other places, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Armenia. In 1973, Glitter appeared at the London Palladium. It was a sell-out concert. In the same year his performance at the Rainbow Theatre was recorded and released as a live album, Remember Me This Way. Glitter undertook a world tour, performing in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand. He continued to tour until 1976, and his temporary retirement from music. During his comeback period of the 1980s, he did fewer tours, and mainly toured Britain. He did shows in Ireland, Germany, France, America and Bahrain. During the 1990s, he toured America several times, finally gaining the significant popularity he sought in the 1970s. In 1995, he undertook his last major tour, visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Singapore. In 1996, he toured with the Who, appearing in the UK and the US as the Godfather character in their performances of Quadrophenia. His final tour, entitled "A Night Out With The Boys: Could This Be For The Last Time?" took place in 1997. In 2005, Glitter had been living in Vietnam without the knowledge of the authorities.
    In May 2015 Glitter, under his real name, Paul Gadd, began an appeal against his convictions.
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    On 5 February 2015 he was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
    More Details Hide Details He was acquitted of the three other counts. He was remanded in custody. On 27 February he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
    On 5 February 2015, he was found guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13 between 1975 and 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He was sentenced, on 27 February, to 16 years imprisonment. Formerly one of the best-loved entertainers in British music history, Glitter is now widely hated and condemned. Paul Francis Gadd was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire. His mother, a cleaner, was unmarried, and initially brought him up with the help of her mother; he never knew his father. He was hard to control and at the age of 10, along with his brother, he was taken into local authority care. Although a Protestant, he was educated at a Roman Catholic school. He frequently ran away to London, to the clubs that were to be the launching ground of his career. By the time he was 16, Gadd was already performing at London clubs. His career grew as he appeared at such venues as the Two I's, in Soho, and the Laconda and Safari Clubs. His repertoire consisted of early rock'n'roll standards and gentle ballads. He gained his first break when film producer Robert Hartford-Davis discovered him and financed a recording session for Decca Records.
    On 19 January 2015 Glitter appeared at Southwark Crown Court accused of seven counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape, and two other sexual offences, against three girls, between 1975 and 1980.
    More Details Hide Details The trial lasted two and a half weeks.
  • 2014
    Age 69
    On 5 June 2014, Glitter was charged with eight counts of sexual offences committed against two girls aged 12–14 between 1977 and 1980.
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  • 2008
    Age 63
    On 25 June 2008, The Daily Telegraph reported that Glitter planned to record a new album after his prison release.
    More Details Hide Details He was quoted as saying "I have an incomplete album that I want to finish. I have been thinking about the plan during my days in jail. I have sung rock 'n' roll for 40 years. After jail, I will continue to rock 'n' roll." In October 2012, ITV showed the documentary "The Other Side of Jimmy Savile" in its Exposure strand, which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by the BBC presenter who had died the previous year. Accounts included an accusation against Glitter who was alleged to have been seen having sex with a 13- or 14-year-old girl in Savile's BBC dressing room. On 28 October, Glitter was arrested and questioned by police in London as part of Operation Yewtree. Glitter was released on police bail until the middle of December, and was subsequently re-bailed until February.
    He arrived back in the UK at Heathrow Airport at 7:10 am on 22 August 2008, where he was met by British police officers.
    More Details Hide Details On his return to the United Kingdom, Glitter was added to the Sex Offenders Register for life, and stated an intention to appeal against this decision; on 16 January 2009 it was announced that he had abandoned this move.
    Glitter was released from Thu Duc prison in southern Bình Thuận Province on 19 August 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He was escorted under police guard to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and put on board a flight to London via Bangkok. At Bangkok he claimed that he had tinnitus and a heart condition, and refused to board the flight to London despite the efforts of British police sent to escort him, although they had no jurisdiction to take action. He was refused entry to Thailand and threatened with deportation to the UK. On the evening of 20 August, he took a flight to Hong Kong, where he requested medical treatment, saying he was suffering a heart attack. The Hong Kong authorities also refused to admit him and he returned to Thailand the next day. At least 19 countries, including Cuba, Cambodia, and the Philippines, announced that they would refuse to admit Glitter, and on 21 August the Thai authorities stated that he had agreed to return to the UK.
    In anticipation of his release, the Philippines barred Glitter from entering that country as of 16 May 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Glitter's Vietnamese lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, said that his client intended to return to the UK, although he had also expressed interest in moving to either Hong Kong or Singapore. In the UK it was reported that he would be placed on the Sex Offenders Register on his return. British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said he should be given a Foreign Travel Order (FTO) banning him from overseas travel: "We need to control him, and he will be controlled once he returns to this country."
  • 2007
    Age 62
    On 7 February 2007, it was announced that his sentence had been reduced by three months.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    On 15 June 2006, in a closed hearing, the People's Supreme Court of Appeals heard Glitter's appeal for a reduced sentence.
    More Details Hide Details The three-judge panel rejected the appeal four weeks later. Although he was calm throughout the 40-minute reading of the verdict, upon leaving the courthouse, he shouted angrily to reporters and denounced Vietnamese justice for not hearing the defence arguments.
    Glitter, in his first interview in more than eight years to BBC News in May 2006, denied any wrongdoing and claimed not to have knowingly had sex with anyone under 18.
    More Details Hide Details He also said "I know the line not to cross". When asked what he thought of adults having sex with children, he said, "It certainly is a crime... I would be very angry about that." Christine Beddoe, director of End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking, criticised Glitter and said he was trying to "minimise what he has done", and added, "We must allow children to tell their story and not just have the words of Gadd." In his interview, Glitter denied that he was a paedophile. He said that he had hoped that there was even a slim chance he could put his life back on track and have a career after he left prison in England. The people around him felt that the media had already made a sensation about the paedophile allegations. He continued to blame the press for his downfall and called them "the worst enemy in the world", alleging 'entrapment' by them by paying local girls in a bar to arrange a photo-scoop. He did not comment about his previous conviction for possession of child pornography several years earlier.
    On 2 March 2006, Glitter was tried on charges of committing obscene acts with two girls, aged 10 and 11, facing up to 14 years in prison if convicted.
    More Details Hide Details The following day he was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison. He was also forced to pay compensation of $320 to each girl's family, as well as court fees. Judge Hoang Thanh Tung said "He sexually abused and committed obscene acts with children many times in a disgusting and sick manner." The sentence included mandatory deportation at the end of his sentence, and payment of 5 million Vietnamese dong (US$315) to his victims' families. Glitter continued to deny any wrongdoing, saying he believes he was framed by British tabloid newspapers. He announced he planned to spend part of his sentence writing an autobiography, which he had already begun during his pre-trial detention.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    After his arrest, Glitter was turned over to provincial police from Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu and returned to Vũng Tàu and held on suspicion of having sex with the two underage girls. Glitter was held in jail throughout the criminal investigation, which was completed on 26 December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The charge of rape was dropped for "lack of evidence" (according to Glitter's lawyer), although the singer admitted that an 11-year-old girl had slept in his bed. Glitter could have faced execution by firing squad if found guilty of child rape. After having received compensatory payments from Glitter, the families of the girls appealed for clemency for him.
    Despite having applied for permanent residence in Vietnam, he fled his home on 12 November 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, he was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City while trying to board a flight to Thailand. Six Vietnamese girls and women, aged from 11 to 23, claimed that Glitter had had sex with them; the age of consent in Vietnam is reported to be either 16 or 18.
    From March 2005, Glitter resided in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam.
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  • 2002
    Age 57
    Glitter lived in Cambodia until 2002, before being deported and banned from the country because of suspected child sexual abuse. after which he settled in Vietnam
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  • 1999
    Age 54
    In 1999, Glitter was sentenced to four months' imprisonment and listed as a sex offender in the UK following conviction for downloading thousands of items of child pornography.
    More Details Hide Details He was also charged with having sex with an underage girl, Alison Brown, around 20 years earlier, when she was 14 years old. She had had a relationship with Glitter for some years. Glitter was acquitted of this charge. It was later revealed that Brown had sold her story to the News of the World and stood to earn more money from the newspaper should Glitter be convicted. Following rejection by the British public and facing scrutiny from the press following his arrest and conviction, Glitter fled on his yacht Voyageur to Spain. He travelled to Cuba before settling in Cambodia.
  • 1997
    Age 52
    In November 1997, Glitter was arrested after pornographic images of children were discovered on the hard drive of a laptop that he had taken to a computer retailer for repair.
    More Details Hide Details He was castigated in the media over the allegations. Additionally, his appearance in the Spice Girls' film Spice World was cut, though a truncated edit of the scene, featuring a version of Glitter's "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)", was still included in the film. In the months before his conviction, he thanked audiences for their support at his last show before his trial.
    Glitter had homes in Wedmore, North Somerset, and London at the time of his arrest in 1997. On 20 January 2008, the News of the World reported that the singer had suffered a severe heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details These reports were denied, although it was confirmed that he had been diagnosed with heart problems. "Glitter was admitted to our hospital with acute diarrhoea", said Nguyen Huu Quang, the director of the hospital in Bình Thuận Province, near the prison where the singer was serving out his sentence. "While we were treating him, we found out that he also has a cardiovascular disorder." Since the late 1990s, Glitter has been charged with numerous sexual offences. According to The Daily Telegraph's music critic, Neil McCormick, "there was a notion that every rock star had complete impunity to commit the crimes, the moral crimes that nobody else in society were committing" and he felt that Glitter was "a sexual predator who exploited the possibilities of what was there".
  • 1996
    Age 51
    He played the Godfather in the 1996 revival tour of the Who's Quadrophenia.
    More Details Hide Details He also cut a single, a new version of "The House of the Rising Sun". The British rock group Oasis used a sample from Glitter's 1973 chart hit "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again" on their 1995 multi-million-selling album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, one of a number of acts that borrowed from his songbook. In 2002, Snapper records re-promoted The Ultimate Gary Glitter, a two-CD anthology of Glitter's music first issued in 1997, days after his arrest, which covers his commercial breakthrough in 1972 up to that point; again it was moderately successful. In September 2001 he released a new album, On, that included material written before his 1999 British conviction. That material was to have been part of a project called Lost on Life Street until that album's release was cancelled following his arrest. By December 2004, after releasing a new single, "Control", Glitter was in the news again concerning his behaviour; NGOs had been petitioning the government with their own evidence aimed at arresting Glitter. He moved to Vietnam.
  • 1994
    Age 49
    He was a surprise hit at the 1994 FIFA World Cup concert in Chicago, which was telecast live to forty-six countries.
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  • 1991
    Age 46
    The Leader, his best selling autobiography, was published in 1991.
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    He also issued a new studio album Leader II in 1991.
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    He opened a restaurant in Leicester Square in 1991, with Gary's Glitter Bar being promoted under the slogan "Leader of the Snack", but the restaurant closed a few years later.
    More Details Hide Details Glitter also launched his own record label in the early 1990s, Attitude Records, after he lost his deal with Virgin Records. He had signed to Virgin after leaving Arista Records in 1984 after twelve years with the label. Attitude records was merged into Machmain Ltd later in the 1990s, a music company owned by Glitter. Glitter spent the next decade mostly as an in-demand live performer, and his back catalogue of recordings proved durable enough for several compilations to be successfully released. He appeared in billboard and poster advertisements for British Rail, in one of which he was shown attempting to look younger in order to obtain a Young Persons Railcard.
  • 1987
    Age 42
    In 1987 Glitter received a ten-year driving ban and narrowly escaped imprisonment after a third conviction for drink driving.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1980s Glitter became a Buddhist and a vegetarian.
  • 1982
    Age 37
    In 1982, he appeared on the British Electric Foundation album Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One (UK #25) along with fellow pop/rock luminaries Sandie Shaw and Tina Turner.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, the Timelords' "Doctoring the Tardis", a Doctor Who tribute that sampled "Rock and Roll (Part Two)", reached the number one spot. In due course, Glitter re-cut "Rock and Roll" with producer Trevor Horn and also "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" with Girlschool. In the late 1980s, his hit singles were used to compile the Telstar-released C'mon, C'mon... It's the Gary Glitter Party Album. In 1989, Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers put a large sample of "Another Rock and Roll Christmas" on their Number 1 UK hit "Let's Party".
  • 1981
    Age 36
    This helped provide the opportunity for Glitter to cut a dance medley of his greatest hits, "All That Glitters", which charted in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Within three years, he was playing 80 shows a year at colleges and clubs and had chart hits "Dance Me Up" (UK No.25) and "Another Rock and Roll Christmas" (UK No.7). Glitter's comeback was boosted in the 1980s by various guest spots and collaborations.
  • 1977
    Age 32
    Glitter's career took a downturn towards the end of the 1970s, leading him declare bankruptcy in 1977, though he later blamed the high tax rate in the UK at the time.
    More Details Hide Details He entered bankruptcy a second time over unpaid tax in the 1990s. Under financial pressure, not even a pair of Top 40 hit singles ("It Takes All Night" and "A Little Boogie Woogie in the Back of My Mind") could lift him all the way back. It took the post-punk audience, and some of its artists who still respected Glitter's work, to do that; he had been an influence on post-punk, new wave, Britpop and glam metal, as well as early punk rock itself. Around this time, Glitter settled into being a performer with a niche following that continued until his child pornography conviction in the late 1990s.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    In 1976, Glitter faced declining record sales.
    More Details Hide Details He took a two-year-long exile, living in France and Australia, before returning to the UK, and beginning his comeback.
    After subsequent releases stalled in similar fashion, Gary Glitter announced his retirement from music to start a family life with his new partner in early 1976.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, his first hits package, simply titled Greatest Hits, was released. It entered the UK Top 40 best-seller charts. A similar budget album, entitled I Love You Love Me Love, was issued by Hallmark Entertainment the following year.
  • 1972
    Age 27
    He had eleven consecutive Top Ten singles, from "Rock and Roll (Parts One and Two)" in 1972 to "Doing Alright With the Boys" in the summer of 1975. "Rock and Roll (Part Two)" caught on as a popular sports anthem in North America.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his success in the UK, Glitter never made the same impact in America where, at best, glam rock was seen as a curiosity. Glitter had one more entry on the US charts with "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock 'n Roll)"; after that, the closest chart success for Glitter was a cover recording of "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" by Brownsville Station. After "Doing Alright With the Boys", Glitter won the award for Best Male Artist at the Saturday Scene music awards hosted by LWT. His next release was a cover of the Rivingtons' rhythm and blues classic "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow", but it got no higher than number 38 on the British charts.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    As the glam movement took off in 1971, Raven adopted the new name Gary Glitter, which he devised by playing alliteratively with letters of the alphabet, working backwards from Z. Other options included Terry Tinsel, Stanley Sparkle and Vicky Vomit.
    More Details Hide Details The song that made Gary Glitter's name began as a 15-minute jam; whittled down to a pair of three-minute extracts it was released as the A and B sides of a single called "Rock and Roll, Parts One and Two". Part Two proved to be the more popular side in many countries, although it took about six months before it made its full impact, going to number two on the British pop charts and reaching the Top Ten in the United States, one of the few British glam rock records to do so. "Rock and Roll (Part One)" was also a hit: in France it made number one, and in the UK both sides were listed together on the charts. "Rock and Roll" was followed by other successes over the next three years. Glitter, backed by the Glittermen/the Glitter Band on stage, challenged Sweet, Slade, and T.Rex for domination of the charts. To reinforce his image, he reportedly owned 30 glitter suits and fifty pairs of silver platform boots. He also released several singles which became British Top 10 hits, with "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" being his first single to reach number one in the summer of 1973, and "I Love You Love Me Love", its follow-up, his second. Even an atypical ballad, "Remember Me This Way", went to number three.
  • 1963
    Age 18
    In July 1963, Gadd married Ann Murton. The following year they had a son, also called Paul, and in 1966 a daughter, Sarah. They divorced in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2001, he had another son, Gary, Jr., with Yudenia Sosa Martínez, born 1973, with whom he was then living in Cuba.
  • 1960
    Age 15
    In January 1960, at 15, under the stage name Paul Raven, he released his first single, "Alone in the Night".
    More Details Hide Details A year later, with a new manager, Vic Billings, he signed a new recording contract with Parlophone and worked with producer George Martin, before Martin's association with the Beatles. Martin produced two singles, "Walk on Boy" and "Tower of Strength", but neither sold very well and Raven's recording career stalled. By 1964, Raven was reduced to working as an assistant, and playing the warm-up for the British television programme Ready Steady Go! He did numerous TV commercials and film auditions, and in the course of those activities met arranger-producer Mike Leander who eventually helped revive his career. He even auditioned for the role of the protagonist in the film Privilege (1967), which was written and directed by Peter Watkins, known for the docu-drama The War Game. Raven joined the Mike Leander Show Band in early 1965. Then he was deputised to produce a few recording sessions by such artists as Thane Russell and a Scottish beat group, the Poets. After Leander's group disbanded, Raven formed Boston International with saxophonist John Rossall, and spent the following five years touring the UK and Germany, recording occasionally. From 1968 to 1970, several singles including "Musical Man", "Goodbye Seattle" and a version of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" were released, his name briefly changed to Paul Monday.
  • 1944
    Born on May 8, 1944.
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