Biography

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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel are a band that started in the 70s, with members Steve Harley, John Crocker, Stuart Elliott, Paul Jeffreys and Milton Reame-James. Their music literally struck a chord with listeners, and they signed with EMI Records after playing only five gigs. They released their first album, The Human Menagerie, in 1973, which broadened their fan base and gave them a much larger following outside their traditional London haunts. Their music was soon popularised, not only in the UK, but also in Europe and America.

Hits soon followed, including Judy Teen and Mr. Soft. They followed that up with a British Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel tour that included a large concert at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. Their next album, Psychomodo, demonstrated the band’s versatility and inventiveness, while still staying true to their rock roots. Another British tour followed, with Steve Harley tickets selling briskly, but the Cockney Rebel part of the group were, aptly, rebelling. Internal dissension between Harley and the rest of the group came to a head after their tour, and everyone except Harley and Stuart Elliott exited stage left.

74’s Best Years of Our Lives album had several hits on it, including, Make Me Smile and Mr. Raffles. However, without the rest of the band Steve Harley put on a one-man show for several years after that album release. In 1988 tragedy struck when the original bassist Paul Jeffrey died on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Several band members got together after that and performed in Sudbury pubs for four nights, but the band as a whole didn’t re-form until 2009.

During the interim, Steve Harley’s solo hits, as well as hits from his time with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, have been used to advertise everything from beer, to mints, to Marks & Spencer stores, demonstrating the wide appeal of their music, even when the band is not recording new songs.

In 2009 the band re-formed and began touring, setting concert dates for Ireland, Northern Ireland and England in 2010. Steve worked on new music and new orchestration for old tunes that would work better with the new band members. Venues for their live show include; Gwynd, Wales and Union chapel, Islington for acoustic shows, as well as Trondheim, Hamburg, Berlin, Antwerp and Bilston, among others, for the electric set. Especially for the acoustic shows, the best Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel tickets will be near the stage. Listen for the intricate guitar work, backed by keyboard harmonies that have kept this band successfully playing for audiences for several decades now.

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