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Dave Edmunds


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Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. Though he was primarily associated with pub rock and New Wave, and had numerous hits in the late 70’s and early 80’s, he was steadfastly devoted to pre-Beatles rock and roll. An infrequent songwriter, Edmunds has largely relied on cover songs or custom-written material to sustain his career.

In the late 1960s he led a blues-rock trio called Love Sculpture, who scored a quasi-novelty hit by reworking Khachaturian’s classical piece “Sabre Dance” as a speed-crazed rock number. “Sabre Dance” became a hit after garnering the enthusiastic attention of British DJ John Peel.

After Love Sculpture split, Edmunds had a number one single with “I Hear You Knocking”, a Smiley Lewis cover. His only acting role followed, as a band member in the David Essex movie Stardust (1974 movie). After learning the trade of producer, culminating in a couple of singles in the style of Phil Spector, “Baby I Love You” and “Born To Be With You”, he became linked with the pub rock movement of the early 1970s, producing Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, and also The Flamin’ Groovies, using a stripped down, grittier sound.

His own solo LP from that era, Subtle As A Flying Mallet, was similar in style.


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  • ejtc1

    Some of it sounds like ELO because it was produced by Jeff Lynne

    1 Jul 6:36pm Reply
  • zeppyfish

    Just picked up Repeat When Necessary on vinyl. Where has this album been all my life?

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • matt_ingham

    Cherry Red are reissuing Subtle... with loads of bonus tracks - about bloody time!

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Best ELO impersonator ??? either you don't listen much to ELO or you don't really listen to Dave comparisons here well I don't think so.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sumidiotdude

    If anyone has his version of Outlaw Blues from Rockpile, please message me because I'm dying to hear it and can't find it anywhere.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • rod32lop

    Este cara e demais.

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Kali0str0

    Отличный чуваК!

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • luckystoned

    good boy ;-)

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • cantodellonda1

    I´d like to sing Dave´s "(I´m gonna start)Living Again If It Kills Me" with my band but I just can´t seem to make out a couple of words in it. Could somebody please help ? 1. It´s time I got up and out of this 5th floor prison and went and did something else. I´ve been sick of everything for so long that now I´m even sick of myself. I´m gonna call up some old friends I used to know altho´ they never come around much now, but I can´t blame them who wants to listen to me talk about you for hours I´m gonna start living again if it kills me, if that´s the very last thing I do I´m gonna make ????????? so sure, and purge(?) myself of you 2. I blew the dust off my little black book ans called Sonya ´cos she was always good for a smile, but when I whispered sweet nothin´s into her phone, they meant sweet nothin to her then Bridge: Sunday or Monday, I can´t remember I never know what day it is Tuesday Wednesday ?? ever blue days run into ...

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • tatayofre

    ¿Qué significa Dave Edmunds para mi? Un gran guitarrista pero por sobre todas las cosas Dave es un tipo que sabe juntar gente de mucho brillo a su alrededor. Y eso no es para cualquiera. Lo conoci al lado de Carl Perkins, Ringo Star, George Harrison y Eric Clapton en los años ochenta. Más tarde compre algunos de sus albunes y más adelante me lo encontre al lado de otros monstruos del rock, como Jerry Lee Lewis. No me pregunto cuándo nació, ni dónde, solo se que es un gran músico y lo respeto mucho, por eso lo busque en este programa. Gracias por dejarme escribir estas líneas. Escribo de historia pero en realidad disfruto contando sobre lo que siento con la música. En todos mis libros esta presente la música y los recuerdos que me generan: el country, el rock y el folk. Y. como siempre, mi permanente homenaje a Merle Haggard. Tata.

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • the_slider04

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BillStrange

    Nothin' like a little rootsy Dave to cheer up the day.

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Kimpaz

    His version of "Summertime" is simply amazing!

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • clexpress

    There'll always be some arrogant little brat who wants to make music with a guitar. Rock'n'roll will never die. - a Dave Edmunds quote

    27 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    not bad

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • the_slider04

    Dave's just great! Besides being a terrific guitar player he is also true studio maniac - check Subtle As A Flying Mallet! And don't forget his production works: from Stray Cats and Status Quo to (yep!) Motorhead!

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • JYoung1138

    Dave is highly underrated and a damn fine guitarist. Check out Sabre Dance if you don't believe me.

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • R_ob0t

    I must agree! Dave Edmunds rocks!!

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • viragooldie

    It´s Party Time!!!!

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
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