Gilbert O'Sullivan is a musician who rose to fame when he came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peal and got a slot on his radio show Top Gear. Under...Read More
Gilbert O'Sullivan is a musician who rose to fame when he came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peal and got a slot on his radio show Top Gear. Under the guidance of Gordon Mills, a singer and songwriter who had helped Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck with their careers, Gilbert’s song ‘Nothing Rhymed’ in 1970 was his first Top 10 hit. The next four years saw Gilbert’s success sky rocketing, with ten singles reaching the UK Top 10 and four Top 5 albums. In 1970, Gilbert made the first of many appearances on Top of the Pops, in 1971 recorded a special BBC TV In Concert programme, and in 1972 was the subject of a BBC documentary Sounding Out.
In April 1973 Gilbert is named "Songwriter of the Year" at the 18th annual Ivor Novello Awards. In May he began his 18 city UK Tour at London's Royal Festival Hall. In September, his first and only tour of the U.S. commenced and he finished the year with sold-out shows in the London Palladium. Gilbert won a second Ivor Novello award in 1974. This time for the "Best Song of the Year" for his composition "Get Down". Since this, O’Sullivan has continued to record music and tour all around the UK and the rest of Europe.
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