John Otway is an English Punk singer-songwriter, from the age of 9, Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister's Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar.. In 1972, the pair released their first single. Gypsy/Misty Mountain was a dedication to the fortune teller who had assured Otway that fame and stardom was just around the corner...
Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway's sixth single, the half-spoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC's flagship music programme Top of the Pops, where Otway & Barrett were introduced by Elton John later, Otway was finally a star. It would however, be his greatest success for some time.
By 1990, his musical career had flatlined and acting work had all but dried up, Otway tried his hand at writing a book. His autobiography Cor Baby, That's Really Me (subtitled Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure) was an honest, heart-on-sleeve appraisal of his career so far and this study in self-deprecation soon found him climbing his way back to the top as the book quickly outsold all of his albums. First, he teamed up with Attila the Stockbroker touring as Headbutts and Halibuts with whom he wrote a surreal rock opera called Cheryl...
Not satisfied with having two hits, Otway's next scheme would see him plan an ambitious world tour for 2006. He proposed hiring his own jet to take his band, 300 of his fans and some special guests to some of the most prestigious venues around the world. The lure of seeing their hero in places like Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House saw encouraging numbers signing up to join Otway on his trip, but after the initial enthusiasm rescinded, only 150 signed up and the tour was cancelled as the cost of the plane spiralled. despite the failure of the world tour, Otway is still touring in various formats. In 2009, he was re-united with Wild Willy Barrett for The Incompatible Otway and Barrett UK tour, the duo now perform together regularly and even recorded a new album in 2011 called 40-Odd Years of Otway and Barrett consisting of re-workings of old songs and a new, previously unrecorded song The Snowflake Effect. Otway also tours as a solo act; as a duo with Richard Holgarth; and often with his band. He regularly performs Glastonbury Festival and has been a stalwart of the Edinburgh Fringe - most recently appearing in Peter Buckley Hill's Free Fringe..
In 2010, Otway published his second autobiography. Also subtitled Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure, I Did it Otway was another humorous look back at the years that followed on from Cor Baby That's Really Me.
In 2012, John Otway on the red carpet for "Otway the Movie", to celebrate his 60th birthday...
John Otway booked the Odeon Leicester Square to show the documentary of his life. Titled Otway the Movie, the sellout screening saw cinematic history made with the final scenes of the movie being filmed from the red carpet on the morning of the film. The film was funded by fans becoming producers who, as with the Hit campaign, were all individually credited in the movie credits. Following the success of the producers' premiere, 2013 will see Otway take the completed movie to various international film festivals...In ROCK AND ROLL’S GREATEST FAILURE; THE OTWAY MOVIE, a movie funded entirely by his fans, UK’s cult legend John Otway returns to his old school to give a course on survival in the music industry.
And I'm really pleased & happy about "OTWAY THE MOVIE".. thanks god, big thanks!: ... Love you John Otway, I really do !:)) You are more and much more for me.. Also you're the king of dada, for me!:)
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