David Essex was originally a drummer in the Everons. He turned to singing during the mid-60s, recording a series of singles for an array of labels. Manager Derek Bowman recommended that Essex switch
to acting after a series of minor roles catapulted him into the lead part in the musical entitled Godspell.
The films That'll Be the Day and its sequel Stardust followed. That'll Be the Day revived Essex's recording career. The song that he composed for the film "Rock On" became a Top Ten hit in the United States and in the
Essex continued to register on the charts after parting ways with producer Jeff Wayne. He did not make the same impression, though. Essex's ambitious acting commitments increased as his teen appeal diminished. In fact, Essex landed the role of Guevara in