Steve Harley an iconic singer/songwriter who first enjoyed hits in the Seventies with his group Cockney Rebel is back on the scene touring and recording, much to the delight of his army of fans.
A founder member of Cockney Rebel, Harley was born Steven Nice on February 27, 1951 in South London. After school he started a career as a trainee newspaper reporter in Colchester, Essex, before becoming a singer. He was inspired by his favourite artists such as Bob Dylan and the Beatles, as well as the poets and authors he read as a child. He formed Cockney Rebel in1973, recruiting members Jean-Paul Crocker, Paul Jeffreys, Milton Reame-James and Stuart Elliott.
The band was compared to such glamorous groups as Roxy Music, but soon established their own style with their chart hit ‘Judy Teen’ and the Number One smash ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’. He also had a hit with George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’ in 1976.
After a period living in America he returned to the UK with ‘Ballerina (Prima Donna)’ in 1983. He returned to touring in 1992 and in 2011 and released his first studio album in five on Repertoire called ‘Stranger Comes To Town’ recorded at a studio in East Anglia with backing from Steve’s regular band. He also embarked on a major summer UK tour that included a stand out show at Harrogate Theatre, promoted by the late John Haxby.
As one of the UK’s most respected composers, with a literary approach to lyric writing, Steve Harley brings lustre to pop music and is certainly no stranger to fame.