The great Steve Ellis, former vocalist with 60’s hitmakers The Love Affair (whose mega-hits Everlasting Love and Rainbow Valley are staples of ‘Gold’ radio station programming all over the world), and then leader of seventies roots rockers Ellis and Widowmaker, returns to the recording fray with a brand new album, entitled Best Of Days, released on the Demon Records label on Monday, August 4th 2008.
Featuring fourteen tracks, and aided and abetted by heavy guests such as his longtime pal, Who vocalist Roger Daltrey and Paul Weller and Steve Cradock, Best of Days is long playing proof of Steve Ellis’ enduring vocal talents. Featuring re-interpretations of Everlasting Love, and his Ellis classic, the moody ballad El Doomo, as well as a plentiful supply of new songs, and an emotive version of Weller’s Brand New Start, Best Of Days is a resounding return to hostilities after too, too many years.
Steve Ellis is one of the great British Blue Eyed Soul vocalists, alongside the likes of Steve Marriott and Stevie Winwood. He was but seventeen years old when his band, The Love Affair, became over-night heart throbs with a dazzling run of hit singles, commencing in January, 1968 with Everlasting Love. The band suffered from the revelation that they did not play on their hits – despite being an excellent live band. On departing from the Love Affair in 1969, Steve recorded several solo singles, and the much-collectable soundtrack to the Joe Orton film, Loot. He then formed his own band, Ellis, with Zoot Money, with whom he recorded two excellent albums – the first of which, Riding On The Crest Of A Slump, was produced by Roger Daltrey. It featured the brilliant El Doomo, which should’ve been a massive hit. His next project was the hard rock combo Widowmaker, with ex Spooky Tooth / Mott The Hoople guitarist Luther ‘Ariel Bender’ Grosvenor. After touring with The Who and ELO in the USA, Ellis left the band, and in the process sued manager Don Arden – and won! He then recorded an all-star solo album The Last Angry Man, and then took an extended hiatus from the music business. Whilst working as a docker in Brighton, Ellis sustained an horrific accident, which delayed his return to music for years. However, in that period, his reputation was enhanced by acknowlegment from the likes of Paul Weller, the UK Mod scene and support from his longtime friend Roger Daltrey.
Best of Days is an excellent restatement of Steve Ellis’ remarkable vocal and compositional talents. Steve Ellis is available for interview in support of this long-overdue release. Please contact Indiscreet PR at the telephone numbers / e-mail addreses below for more information.
Steve has already recorded a “Tracks Of My Years” feature for Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, and much more press and radio coverage is anticipated.
BBC Radio 2, Ken Bruce Show: Tracks Of My Years feature, 11.30am Mon 7 – Fri 11 July
Tuesday 22nd July 2008
Rutland FM / presenter: Rob Persani
Waves FM (Scotland) / presenter: Kenny King: Kenny's 'Sixties On A Sunday' show
Smooth FM East Midland / presenter: Tony Lyman
Smooth FM Newcastle / presenter: Steve Phillips
Smooth FM Scotland / presenter: Dougie Jackson
Smooth FM Birmingham / presenter: Nigel Williams
KMFM Kent / presenter: TBC
Big L Radio / presenter: Mike Read
Wednesday 23rd July 2008
BBC Radio Stoke / presenter: Nick Robbins
BBC Radio Sheffield / presenter: Gareth Evens
Delta Radio / presenter: Alan Rowett
BBC Radio Humberside / presenter: Lara King
BBC Radio Suffolk / presenter: Stephen Foster
BBC Radio Cumbria / presenter: Tony James
BBC Radio Wales / presenter: Alan Thompson
BBC Radio Norfolk / presenter: Roy Waller
BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset / presenter: Richard Lewis
BBC Radio Humberside / James Hoggarth / evening show will broadcast after 4th Aug
BBC Radio Kent / presenter: Roger Day
Isle Of Wight Radio / presenter: John Hannan / In Person
Thursday 24th July 2008
BBC Radio Northampton / presenter: Bernie Keith
BBC Radio Devon / presenter: Judi Spiers
BBC Radio Gloucester / presenter: Richard Atkins
BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester / Katie Johnson
BBC Radio Nottingham / John Holmes
Saturday 10th August 2008
BBC Radio Kent / presenters: Paul James & Paul Harris / Saturday Carry On
BBC Radio Cambridge / presenter: Sue Marchant