Del Grace

Del Grace

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Pop - Alternative | Marbella, Spain
Total Song Plays: 8   
Member Since: 2006
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Del Grace Singer/Songwiter

Del Grace

Del Grace has been writing songs for 40 years and was very much involved in the sixties music scene in London. Del started touring Europe in 1964 playing guitar with the Big Wheel Soul Band with bass player Barry Nichols still rocking with - heavy metal band Dangerous Breed. This launched Del´s music career and he moved on and joined The Big Stampede, backing band for Carl (Kung Fu Fighting) Douglas. Carl Douglas and The Big Stampede also had a hit in 1967 with Crazy Feeling. The Big Stampede shared billing with Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner, Cream and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band to state just a few. He played guitar in the sixties classic film, Smashing Time.
At the Stampedes resident club in Soho, The Bag “o” Nails, they were regularly joined on the set by Jimi Hendrix, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington amongst other great artists.
Following the success of The Big Stampede, Del went solo, recording two singles with Liberty Records at Marquee Studios one of which is track #14, written by John Sebastian, arranged and produced by Mike Bat and was managed by Ray Williams who at the time managed Jeff Lynn of Electric Light Orchestra.
Del had two more solo singles, tracks #1 and #12, recorded at Olympic Studios, produced, arranged and written by long time friend Pierre Tubbs. In 1986 Pierre Tubbs and Del built Universal Sound, a 24 track recording studio where Lenny Henry and John Shea recorded sound tracks for the film Coast to Coast. Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel, Eddie Reader and Steve Hackett all worked with Pierre Tubbs and Del.
From his musical start, Del has always been a diverse musician.
His early musical influences clearly groomed him for his later talents for writing everything from farcical lyrics to love songs and everything in between.
Included amongst his mentors were Tiny Tim, Frank Zappa, Randy Newman, Gilbert and Sullivan, Al Jolson and it's been rumoured even Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy duos inspired his writing style.
Even today Del Grace hasn't changed. He's still 6’6, he still wears clothes from the sixties and he still love's to write weird and wonderful songs too.
The songs on this CD span over 4 decades ranging from top London studios with orchestras and backing singers to Del playing and singing on an old 2 track reel to reel, playing and singing all parts, guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, Gazoo, vocals, harmony vocals and Rolland drum machine Hence the dubious quality but hopefully the songs still come through.
A special thanks and credits go to Julia Smith for album design, photography, biography and for putting up with Del.

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