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Steve Harley

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Biography

Steve Harley was born as Steven Nice, on 27 February 1951 in South London, growing up in New Cross and attended the school Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College. His musical career began in the late 1960s when he was busking (with John Crocker) and performing his own songs, some of which were later recorded by him and the band. The original Cockney Rebel was formed when Steve hooked up with his former folk partner, John Crocker (fiddle / mandolin / guitar) in 1972. They auditioned drummer Stuart Elliott, bassist Paul Jeffreys, and keyboardist Milton Reame-James. They were signed to EMI after playing just five gigs. Their first single "Sebastian", a soaring rock epic, was an immediate success in Europe, though failed to score in the UK singles chart. Their first album, The Human Menagerie, was released in 1973 to critical acclaim, and is still felt by many fans to be their best. The orchestra arrangements were penned by a guy named Andrew Powell who was suggested to the group by their record company. The interesting aspect about Steve's backing band was that they had no real lead guitarist, which equaled to a revolutionary move at that time. Steve's unashamed theatricality, the weird costumes for his stage appearances and the dithyrambic live performance soon made Cockney Rebel one of the most critically acclaimed acts on the circuit, soon gaining a strong cult following.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
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    You've done it all, you've broken every code
    And pulled the rebel to the floor
    You spoilt the game, no matter what you say
    For only metal - what a bore!
    Blue eyes, blue eyes, how come you tell so many lies?
    Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)  -  87,353 plays
  2.  
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    You've done it all, you've broken every code and pulled the rebel to the floor
    You spoilt the game, no matter what you say for only metal - what a bore!
    Blue eyes, blue eyes, how come you tell so many lies?
    Chorus: Come up and see me, make me smile
    Or do what you want, run on wild
    Make Me Smile  -  17,563 plays
  3.  
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    Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
    And I say it's all right
    Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
    Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
    Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
    Here Comes the Sun  -  5,427 plays
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    Radiate simply, the candle is burning, so low for me
    Generate me limply, can't seem to place your name, cherie
    To rearrange all these thoughts in a moment is suicide
    Come to a strange place, we'll talk over old times we never smile
    Somebody called me Sebastian
    Sebastian  -  4,687 plays
  5.  
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    Judy Teen, the queen of the scene, she's rag doll amore
    Verbal slang, American twang, you dare not ignore
    In from New York, prompted her to talk of superballs
    Judy Teen grew sick of the scene, just bragging to fools
    She took us on a carousel
    Judy Teen  -  2,598 plays
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