Testament to 10cc’s ongoing appeal, the band can count a generation straddling array of fellow artists, everyone from Chrissie Hynde to The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie and Axl Rose to Sophie Ellis Bextor, among their many millions of fans. And now a new generation is discovering 10cc for the very first time.
2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of 10cc’s first single Donna, which reached No.2 in the UK charts and kick-started a remarkable career that has seen the band sell in excess of 30 million albums around the world
That loyal little song-bug has stood him in good stead through decades of distinction as one of the UK’s most productive and imaginative hitmakers. We’re talking very much in the present and future tenses, too, since he continues to write with contemporary hitmakers and see his classics renewing themselves constantly, as with the news that ‘For Your Love’ and ‘Heart Full Of Soul’, two of the timeless hits he wrote for the Yardbirds, have lately been part of live sets by the White Stripes.
The headlines of Graham’s career may always be his early compositions for the scenesters of the ’60s, his crucial role in the super-intelligent ’70s pop of 10cc, and his livewire combination with Andrew Gold in Wax during the ’80s.
From 1979, he also toured and recorded with Mike Oldfield and with him co-wrote the song Family Man, which become a worldwide hit for Hall & Oates, and won him an ASCAP award for best song in 1984.
In 1985, Rick wrote and recorded his own album Profiles, with Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason. The single from the album, Lie for a Lie – sung by Dave Gilmour and featuring Maggie Reilly – was a hit in the USA …more
Paul met Graham Gouldman in the early days of 10cc when recording at Strawberry Studios and when they planned to start touring asked him to join as an auxillary member, playing drums, percussion and keyboards for what was to become a ten year period. He started recording with them in 1976.
In 1982, he toured throughout America and Canada with Jethro Tull and in 1983 played his final tour with 10cc around the U.K. The ’80s became a tour fest with Camel in (’83/’84), Elkie Brooks (’85), Joan Armatrading (’86), Alvin Stardust (’87), Gloria Gaynor (’88) and Icicle Works (’89).
Fans of 10cc may recognise Iain Hornal from his occasional performances standing in for Mick Wilson in the band, and from Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full Of Songs tour in 2014. Hornal’s music betrays a lifetime of such artistic diversity that it’s hard to pin him down.
He’s played on the world’s largest stages as a touring member of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, but his talents as a lead vocalist and songwriter are equally impressive.
Many streams of influence flow through his music – flashes of classic 80’s intelli-pop that suggest Bowie, Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel blend with the lush harmony and rich textures of The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. It is undeniably pop, but drawn from an era when pop music had a brain, a soul, and a heart.
Keith Hayman is Sir Cliff Richard’s musical director, arranger and keyboard player, first working with Richard in 1996 as production vocal supervisor/arranger and keyboard player on the hit musical Heathcliff.
Numerous tours, recordings and TV performances have followed. Some of the highlights include The Hyde Park Concerts (1999), An Audience With …Cliff Richard (LWT, 1999), and The Princess Diana Tribute Concert at Althorp Park (1998).
Recent work with Cliff includes the Cliff Richard and The Shadows Final Reunion World Tour 2009/2010 and Richard’s 70 th Birthday celebration Bold As Brass concerts at the Royal Albert Hall (2010).