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David McWilliams


From Belfast, Ireland, folk-rock/pop singer/songwriter David McWilliams recorded several albums in the past due ’60s in a method much like Donovan. Here, as well, was a fresh but somewhat ragged-looking troubadour, certainly inspired by Bob Dylan, whose music were also decked out with Baroque orchestration. McWilliams’ music and singing, nevertheless, had been milder than those of his Scottish counterpart, so when a vocalist and composer he didn’t possess nearly just as much originality or character. Problematically, the commonalities to Donovan produced unfavorable comparisons inescapable. The information aren’t poor, but are rather derivative and forgettable, though his best-known one, “Times of Pearly Spencer,” was his greatest song, using a dark edge, swirling violins, and a highly effective dab of psychedelia within the megaphone-distorted vocals in the song’s chorus. McWilliams produced his first one in 1966, and was raised to an increased profile through the entire U.K. by Phil Solomon, an important Irish supervisor who had caused Them as well as the Bachelors. In 1967 McWilliams were able to record three albums — a significant prolific price for an musician who wasn’t a superstar — which tickled the low parts of the United kingdom album graphs, with the next, Vol. 2, nearly making the very best 20. These albums had been produced and organized by Mike Leander, who acquired already proved his service for blending pop/rock and roll with classical-influenced orchestration on information by Marianne Faithfull. “Times of Pearly Spencer” got a whole lot of airplay on Uk radio when it had been released by the end of 1967, and it is well appreciated by listeners of that time period, but somehow didn’t ensure it is onto the U.K. graphs, though it was a big strike in several Europe. McWilliams continuing to record with the 1970s, without breaking to wide achievement. A compilation attracted from his initial three albums, THE TIMES of David McWilliams, was released by RPM in 2001. It’s his first function that’s most appreciated (if), especially “THE TIMES of Pearly Spencer,” that was covered for the British strike by Marc Almond in the first ’90s.

Quick Facts

Date Of Birth 1966
Died January 8, 2002, Ballycastle, United Kingdom
Profession Author, Journalist, Commentator, Economist
Education Blackrock College, College of Europe, Trinity College, Dublin
Nationality Irish
Spouse Sian Smyth
Music Songs Days Of Pearly Spencer, Can I Get There By Candlelight, Harlem Lady, Lord Offaly, Three O'Clock Flamingo Street, Livin's Just a State of Mind, Don't Do It for Love, Oh Mama Are You My Friend?, You've Only Been a Stranger, Love Like a Lady, I Love Susie In The Summer, Working for the Government, Lady Helen Of The Laughing Eyes, Redundancy Blues, Poverty Street, 3 O'Clock Flamingo Street, Mr Satisfied, Go on Back to Mama, Spanish Hope, As I Used to Know Her, There's No Lock Upon My Door, What's the Matter With Me, Down by the Dockyard, Please Come Home, I Would Be Confessed, I Only Know You as a Stranger, Mister Satisfied, Tomorrow's Like Today, September Winds, For Josephine, Morning That Looks Like Rain, Leave the Bottles On the Floor
Albums Lord Offaly, The Beggar and the Priest, David McWilliams, Volume 3, Working for the Government, Nighthawks, Livin's Just a State of Mind, David McWilliams, Volume 2, Days at Dawn, The Best of the EMI Years

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1 His song "Can I Get There by Candlelight?" was used as the theme for a Dutch radio program called "Candlelight".
2 Based his hit song "The Days of Pearly Spencer" on a homeless man he had befriended in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.



L'invitation 2016/I writer: "Days of Pearly Spencer"
Autorretrato 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fantástico 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gold 1972 performer: "Gold", "Going Back to Mama", "Move Over Gabriel"
Tienerklanken TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1968 writer - 1 episode, 1968



Glamour... 1969-1973 TV Series Himself
Discorama 1968 TV Series Himself
The Charlie Drake Show 1968 TV Series Himself
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1 I listen with my eyes and I sing what I see.

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