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Michael Barratt born 4 March[ citation needed ] known professionally as Shakin' Stevensis a Welsh singer and songwriter.
He was the UK's biggest-selling singles artist of the s. His most successful songs were nostalgia hits, evoking Tear It Up - Shakin Stevens - Shakin Stevens sound of s rock and roll and pop. Michael Barratt, who would later adopt the stage name "Shakin' Stevens", was the youngest of 11 children born to Jack and May Barratt. The oldest of Electric Lion - Tangerine Dream - MP3 Collection - Tangerine Dream Part 2 siblings were born in the mids, and by the time of his birth some of Michael Barratt's oldest siblings had already married and started families of Tear It Up - Shakin Stevens - Shakin Stevens own.
Jack Barratt died in at the age of May Barratt died in at the age of He grew up in ElyCardiff, and as a teenager, in the mids he formed his first amateur rock and roll band with school friends and became its vocalist and frontman.
Originally named the Olympics, then the Cossacks, the short-lived band finally renamed as the Denims and performed gigs in the local Cardiff and South Wales area. At the time the YCL was associated with several leading music industry figures, including Pete Townshend. However, Stevens has stated that the organiser of the gigs was a member of the organisation and that the band only performed because it was a job.
Stevens married his wife, Carole, on 7 Octoberand they had three children together. Having worked as an upholsterer and milkman, Barratt performed at weekends in clubs and pubs.
Having previously followed them as a fan and then as an occasional guest vocalist, Barratt joined the existing Penarth -based the Backbeats — originally formed in — as lead singer. Michael Barratt agreed to choose a stage name, and so borrowing from old school friend Steven Vanderwalker, he chose Shakin' Stevens. Fronting the newly named Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsetsan early break for the band presented itself when they were given a support slot for the Rolling Stones in December Despite landing a recording contract with Parlophone Records the following year and releasing a Dave Edmunds -produced album, the optimistically and prematurely titled A Legendthe group found success hard to come by, at least in their native Great Britainthough they had several hit singles in other countries.
Inafter Atlantic Avenue - Average White Band - Atlantic Avenue / Shes A Dream years of constant touring and recording, "Shaky", as he was also being called by this time, had been spotted during a London Sunsets gig by Jack Good who personally invited him to attend a London audition for his planned new West End Tear It Up - Shakin Stevens - Shakin Stevens Elvis!
Three actors were to portray Elvis 's life during the course of the show and Shaky landed one of the lead roles, playing Elvis in his prime, charting his army and film star years, with young actor Tim Whitnall covering the earlier formative years and veteran s singer P. Proby taking over the part for Elvis's ' Las Vegas ' years. The rest of the Sunsets waited in South Walesdoing occasional performances with drummer Robert 'Rockin Louis' Llewellyn taking the frontman duties, but fully expecting Stevens to return to the band and recommence touring after the show's planned short six-month run.
However, the expectations were overtaken by subsequent events. The media-wise Jack Good made sure that both the audition process and the early months of the show were widely and regularly covered by the British daily press and TV shows.
During the Elvis! This led almost inevitably to his first major chart success with a cleverly re-worked version of a Buck Owens song "Hot Dog", which Owens would re-record using the arrangement created by pedal steel guitar player B. In lateStevens signed what was to be his most successful management deal with Freya Miller, who immediately advised Stevens to sever his association with the Sunsets and continue developing a more lucrative solo career. His hit "Teardrops", which reached No. In the mids, Stevens re-united with former producer Dave Edmunds to record an album Lipstick, Powder and Paintand the Christmas smash "Merry Christmas Everyone", which was a number 1 hit in Its original planned release was put back by a year to avoid clashing with the runaway success of Band Aid 's charity single " Do They Know It's Christmas?
However, Stevens was one of the celebrities to appear in an advertising campaign for Heineken in the lates. The slogan "refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach" was confirmed in the advert as he stops shakin' after consuming the product.
The hits continued but chart placings declined throughout the later s and early s. It was in the s that Stevens took a lengthy break from Tear It Up - Shakin Stevens - Shakin Stevens and was stung by a court ruling that related to unpaid royalties from the Legend album, which had been re-released to some commercial success, requiring a substantial payout to former band members of the Sunsets.
InStevens returned to performing live and undertook tours all that year and the following year. Stevens was convicted in January on a drunk-driving charge and banned from driving for two years.
Inhe Clutch At Straws - Vitja - Echoes once again to the charts in the United Kingdom with his greatest hits album The Collectionwhich reached the UK top 5. In Aprilit was announced that Shakin' Stevens Fat Slut - Tori Amos - American Doll Posse be performing at 's Glastonbury Festival as the opening act on the Pyramid stage on Saturday 28 June, opening the day at 11 am to a capacity crowd.
Chris Evans featured a special Shaky Week on his Radio 2 show during early March to celebrate Stevens's 60th birthday and later inShaky embarked on a string of major Tear It Up - Shakin Stevens - Shakin Stevens in the UK and Europe that started at Lulworth Castle on 4 July.
On 24 AugustStevens performed at a major concert in Poland featuring many European pop stars of the s, including Kim Wilde and Limahl.
Stevens followed his European tour with a short tour of Ireland and an appearance at London's O2 Arenasupported by a piece band. In JulyStevens was rushed to hospital after collapsing at his home in Windsorreportedly from exhaustion brought on by the stress of working on a new album. Stevens fully recovered and, inhe embarked on the early part of his 30th Anniversary Tour,  followed by a further 26 dates in the second leg later in the year, backed by a piece band.
In Stevens participated in the family history programme Coming Home and discovered information about the effects of the First World War on his family. He performed a concert in Sri Lanka in Octoberhis first show in Asia. Stevens lives in MarlowBuckinghamshire. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter. For other uses, see Shaky disambiguation.
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