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DAVY O'LIST

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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By the age of five Davy was playing guitar, trumpet and piano as well as writing, performing and singing his own original compositions and at 15 he went to the Royal College of Music whilst performing lead guitar rock-blues for his new band 'LITTLE BOY BLUES'. He knew that in order to make it as a rock star he would have to formulate a new sound so he fused rock, R&B, soul, pop and classical music, with the group playing all the instruments. He titled a new band 'THE ATTACK' in 1966, which was the beginning of this new sound. Managed by Don ARDEN, they were part of the 1960s swinging London scene and released 'Try It / We Don't Know' and 'Hi Ho Silver Lining / Anymore Than I Do'. These caught the attention of DJ John PEEL who used it for the theme tune for his show on Radio Caroline. 'Anymore Than I Do' quickly became very popular, which prompted John MAYALL to ask Davy to join 'THE BLUESBREAKERS'.

Davy joined P.P. ARNOLD playing soul and R&B in a band called 'THE NICE' where he had his own spotlight playing his original music. They were soon gigging in their own right and gained their own billing at the National Jazz and Blues Festival that summer. With this success Davy obtained a record deal via P.P. ARNOLD's manager who also managed 'THE ROLLING STONES'. 'The Thoughts of EmerList Davjak' was THE NICE's 1967 debut album, considered one of the first albums of progressive rock and still a best seller today. Their first single 'The Thoughts of EmerList Davjak' (written and produced by O?List) reached the Top 40 and is considered one of the first progressive rock hit singles of all time, reaching the charts at the same time as it was performed on their support spots for THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE.

Their next hit single, 'America 2nd Amendment' was a reworked version of Leonard BERNSTEIN's song from West Side Story and achieved number 21 in the UK charts in 1968. THE NICE went their separate ways in 1970 but their music remains top sellers today. Davy also substituted for Syd BARRETT in PINK FLOYD and during THE NICE US tour David CROSBY asked him to join him too. He played briefly in JETHRO TULL after the departure of Mick ABRAHAMS and in early 1969 he provided guitar and bass for THE MISUNDERSTOOD.

Davy produced the commercial sound of ROXY MUSIC in 1971 by writing, rewriting and arranging their first album, producing them for touring and securing a record deal with Island Records in 1972. By 1973 he rejoined Bryan...
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Flight Of The Eagle
1997
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Second Thoughts
2015

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Fallout Love
1982

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