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The David Alexander Story

by Beryl Alexander-Ebdon

The Pithead
David Alexander left Bedwellty Grammar School, Gwent at the age of sixteen to help support his family. He joined his father and eldest brother in the mines at Oakdale Colliery, Gwent.
He was in fact born and lived all his teenage years in David Street, Blackwood with his four brothers and sister Ruby - the Ebdon family.

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Hewing coal was not for David and after a few years he left the mines to work for Girlings Brake Company in Cumbran, Gwent, returning to school in the evenings where he qualified as a machine engineer rising to the position of foreman.

David's first publicity photo
It was at the factory that he joined the Trenewydd Singers and enjoyed for the first time the applause of the many people that they entertained for various charities. The group appeared on Opportunity Knocks and David's solo performance was noted by Hughie Green and Royston Mayoh, who many years later, directed David's live Video recording.

David acted on their advice and was soon busy putting together his Act. Twenty songs later and with a little "Dutch Courage" he finally made his debut for £7.10s. at the Quakers Yard Social Club in Nelson, Glamorgan. Ricky Mason seemed a good name at the time and he was an instant success.
However it didn't go down too well with his boss when he reported sick and David was issued with an ultimatum - the factory or the stage.

The Rising Star Ricky Mason hit the road and for three years he hardly had a day off from the clubs of Yorkshire, Scotland, The North East, The Midlands and of course his native Wales. He also worked for two years at Pontins in Bracklesham Bay, Sussex and by this time had evolved into a very polished entertainer.

Whilst at Pontins he was seen by Byron Godfrey - the ex manager of Tom Jones. They had in fact been very close friends at school and Byron decided to take David on.
David's career really started taking off in February 1971 with the release of his first single.

"IF I COULD SEE THE RHONDDA ONE MORE TIME" was on the Columbia Label. The single sold a few hundred thousand copies and is still being played today.

The Rhondda Boy "COME HOME RHONDDA BOY" was the follow up record and after these two releases David established himself as a truly International Star, representing the United Kingdom in song festivals in Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria and cabaret dates in Holland, Malta, Spain and Germany amongst other places - in 1989 / 1990 David toured Australia.

David representing the UK at the Bulgarian International Song Festival In between David's busy work schedule he still found time to support any worthy charity that asked for his help. As a Barker in the Variety Club of Great Britain he ran two marathons and a half marathon in one year to raise the £7,000 required by a Walton school (Liverpool) for their Sunshine Coach appeal. In 1983 he was asked to raise money for Cystic Fybrosis research. One show raised £3,000 for Alder Hey Children's Hospital and a further show raised £1,000 to send one of the children to Disney World.

David's first album "SO MANY WAYS" was released on his own label ACE Recordings. This was followed by "ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR", "I LOVE YOU" and "NOW AND THEN". EMI also released an album by David on the One UP Label.

Act of the Year Awards presented by Jimmy Tarbuck. David Singer of the Year and Penny Specialty Act of the Year

In 1988 David released an album that was to be the turning point in his career. "REFLECTIONS" sold over 150,000 copies and has proved to be a firm favourite with David's massive following all over Britain. The release of "REFLECTIONS" - David's live promotions and his hectic schedule all over the country was now firmly establishing the name of David Alexander. During this time David also released the albums "FOREVER AND EVER", "IT'S CHRISTMAS" and an E.P. "WORKING MAN".

In 1991 there was a fear that David's career was over. A growth was removed from his vocal chords and the weeks that followed were fraught with worry. After a month of intensive therapy David was back on song - singing better than ever.

David with Penny and Googi

"IF I NEVER SING ANOTHER SONG" was released on March 1st. and celebrated at a sell out concert at the Liverpool Empire. It also marked 25 years in show business. The Concert was a huge success. The Llandudno Male Voice Choir and Gateacre School Choir contributed to a memorable night for 2,000 of David's fans. Also appearing was his wife Beryl - better known as Penny Page and Googi the Liverpool Duck and amongst his backing singers were his daughters Alexandra and Bronwen. A very happy family.

in the spotlight

David, together with his wife Penny continued working theatres and clubs all over Britain. David was in great demand and his record sales were staggering both in the U.K. and abroad, especially in Tenerife which became his second home. Needless to say, David soon became the main attraction in Tenerife as well!

David released "THE BEST OF DAVID ALEXANDER... VOLUMES 1 and 2" and his first country album "FEED THE FIRE" followed by "MORE AND MORE" and "ONE DAY".

David Very sadly, February 1995 saw David's untimely death in Tenerife.
Thousands of fans and admirers mourned this wonderful man with the wonderful voice. He is greatly missed.

Two Variety Club Sunshine Coaches have been donated in his memory. A star studded tribute was staged at the Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton raising thousands of pounds for charity.
David's Fan Club still thrives gaining new members every week.
In April 1995 the album David had recorded late 1994 was completed and released. "THERE YOU ARE" is a beautiful, poignant and lyrical album which has been a tremendous success. The title song "THERE YOU ARE" is a very sad but beautiful song.

The most fitting tribute to David was the release of his live Video "THE CONCERT" - the soundtrack is also available on CD and cassette.
The CONCERT was recorded at the Theatre Clwyd in February 1994 but was put on hold because of technical problems. With determination and dedication I ensured the release of the video - the technical problems were overcome by Maurice Cheetham, David's long time friend and Musical Director. The video more than doubled it's forecasted sales in the first three months.

one of my favourite photographs In 1996 "REFLECTIONS" was re-released followed by "ONE LOVE ONE MAN" both on cassette and CD.

"INSPIRATIONS" has been a wonderful success since it's release in October 1997. It is a collection of some of David's most moving songs, it also contains two new songs that David recorded in 1994 - "THE PRICE OF COAL" written by Johnny Caesar, the writer of "THE RHONDDA" and "COME HOME RHONDDA BOY" also "I BELIEVE" from the musical Her Benny.

"MEMORIES" the most recent album is just beautiful. A selection of my favourite love songs. This album is dedicated to Alexandra and Richard for their wedding in June 1999. David would have been so proud to see his little girl getting married and delighted that this album was put together with love for them both.

another favourite
In 1998 Tenerife launched the "DAVID ALEXANDER AWARDS".
What a wonderful tribute this was. "The Paper" and "Oasis Radio" jointly run the awards and it's first year was a great success.
Sandy, the Editor, is the lady I must really thank for this inspiration and dedicated hard work. I was truly overwhelmed when I was told about it and it is an honour to be invited to attend and present the "ACT OF THE YEAR" award.
David loved Tenerife with a passion and this is the finest tribute that Tenerife could have paid him.
David worked so hard and with such conviction and dedication to his music and his fans. I intend to keep him singing for a long long time yet.

The sales of David's cassettes and CD's are staggering and that is all thanks to you.

THANK YOU for being interested and taking the time to read about my wonderful husband.

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