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Gilbert O'Sullivan


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Gilbert O’Sullivan was born Raymond Edward O’Sullivan on 1st December 1946 in Waterford in Ireland. His father worked in a meat factory while his mother ran a sweet shop. In 1958 at the age of 11 he moved with his family to Swindon in England in search of a better life. He attended St. Joseph’s Comprehensive school in Swindon. While there he developed an interest in both music and amateur boxing. Musically he began with the guitar and progressed to the piano. In the boxing ring he had nearly 50 bouts. Meanwhile his painting and drawing had won him a place at Swindon Art College. He started there in September 1963. His aim was to be a graphic designer. He played drums in his first group The Doodles and left them to join The Prefects while attending Swindon Art College. It was while at college that he met Rick Davies, who was later a member of Supertramp. While at college he began writing songs and sending out demo tapes, alas they were always returned unopened. The first song he remembers writing was Ready Miss Steady.

After finishing college, Gilbert moved to London in 1967 to try and further his musical career. He took a part-time job as a salesman at the C & A department store in Oxford Street. Mike Ward who also worked at C & A, had a contract with CBS and Gilbert went with him one day and played his tapes for some of the CBS executives.


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  • iagomelo2

    thank you

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Yer_Ropes


    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Avliva

    great guy,great lyrics,great songs :~)

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • mrpathetic

    alone again :(

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Aquele sonsinho maroto pra levar um papo com o broto.E depois, claro, trepar a noite toda....só que não ouvindo isso.....

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • justforhard

    alone again in my heart :(

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Jeh3k

    Clair <3

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • at5-5

    My heart, it fluctuates lyrics When I'm drinking my Bonaparte Shandy Eating more than enough apple pies Will I glance at my screen and see real human beings starve to death Right in front of my eyes Nothing I couldn't say Nothing why 'cos today Nothing rhymed

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • at5-5

    Beautiful heart....

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Hey, unbelievable; I Just heard a great new song of his on Radio 2 called "Me Mum" performed with the Treorchy Male Choir. It's on Youtube

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    I wasn't familiar with his music until I heard "Alone Again" and "Get Down" used as theme music in the series Maison Ikkoku. I goes surprisingly well with the theme and tone of the series.

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    Nothing I couldn't say Nothing why 'cos today Nothing rhymed

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • passionatewoman


    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • lyndamn

    love :)

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    First heard Clair when I was 7 years old,remember seeing him on TOTP back in the early 70s with his flat cap on and didnt he wear like long shorts,great to see his two remastered albums released

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • patanatom

    Очень своеобразный исполнитель, похож на Barry Manilow - композиции все известные, а автора мало, кто знает. Да и что удивляться, при засилии попсы и рэпа произошла какая-то дебилизация в головах современной молодежи. А зря.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • azfrankie

    Gilbert was the first live show I ever saw. 38 years later I'm still listening.

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DeeKDee


    14 Nov 2011 Reply

    Alone Again (Naturally) beautiful

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ClydeConkey

    Clair is a magical song.

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
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