Gary you spoiled a lot of peoples memories.
I had some great memories of Gary Glitter. His songs were a big part my youth what with watching his Top of the Pops slot Do you wanna be in my gang and actually coming on the stage on a motor bike. Yes he was every young lads idol. Sadly all those memories are now tarnished with what we now know about him so aside from the facts I can’t feel it in me to big him up.
It is hard now to see the good in Gary Glitter. But this guy despite his sexual urges which we never knew about in the 1970s was a force of nature with his rock and glam mix of pop music. Gary was born Paul Francis Gadd in 1944, and in the 1960s worked with none other than George Martin and had a limited success in the singles, very limited.
Gary who was known as Paul Raven for most of the 1960s was a warm up act for Ready Steady Go. It was 1971 when Paul changed his name to Gary Glitter, and his very first hit was the classic Rock N Roll part one and two. Part one being the A side and part two being the flip side.
Rock N Roll came from the album Glitter, and was an instant success and had The Wander on the album, which would become a much later hit fort Gary. Gary was a major hit on Top Of The Pops, as his really glam fashion sense with amazing sparkling flared costumes made him really stand out. His music was good, and his looks and fashion sense made him really stand out to the youth of the time.
Gary surrounded himself by a backing band called the Glitter Band. Later the Glitter Band would have independent hits from Gary, but for the first few years the two were really one of the same. At the time of Rock N Roll Gary was now signed to Bell Records. The song is still being played in time outs across America in major sports events.
Gary had huge hits in the 1970s including I Love You Love, You Love Me Love, Do You Wanna Touch, I Didn’t Know I Loved You Till I Saw You Rock N Roll. He had a huge female following, this being despite he was a little more mature than some of the other heartthrobs of the time. Gary really played up on his sex appeal, and would encourage the fans to scream and shout. Gary was the ultimate show man.
Now Gary hides in the UK following convictions for paedophilia.