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Tony Christie

Born Anthony Fitzgerald, Tony was a self-taught guitarist who became a professional singer in 1964 and attracted the interests of songwriters Mitch Murray and Peter Callander. They provided the singer with his first UK Top 30 entry in 1970 with Las Vegas.

Next came the title track I Did What I Did For Maria, a No 2 UK hit that cleared the way for the million selling Is This The Way To Amarillo and broke into the UK Top 20.

Touring Australasia and South Africa for much of 1972,Chrsitie’s chart placing tailed off until Avenues and Alleyways sparked off robust sales in 1973.

He sang the role of Migaldi on the Evita Studio Cast Album in 1976 but had to turn down the opportunity of appearing in the London Stage Production because of heavy work commitments.

Successful tours continued throughout the world. Work schedules were gruelling and in 1990 he brought out the single Kiss In The Night and a new album, which went Platinum immediately.

In January 1999 Christie was back in the UK Top 10 fronting “All Seeing I” on Walk Like A Panther, which was especially written for him by Jarvis Cocker.

It was Peter Kay’s “Phoenix Nights” which brought Tony a new generation of fans and earned him a cult status with the re-release of Is This The Way To Amarillo for Comic Relief. Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield it has topped the charts in England for over seven weeks, and has been a hit in almost every country in the world. Tony has also been asked to record the theme tune to Peter’s new series “Max and Paddy”.

He is one of the busiest men in the business with a huge winter UK date tour kicking off on 16th November and a new album Definitive Collection. This includes 4 brand new previously unreleased songs as well as 17 of his best-loved hits and favourite album recordings. He is unable to keep up with deluge of requests for appearances and has hardly a minute for himself. Yet he still found the time to appear on dad’s new upcoming documentary
A Portrait of Matt Monro, A Man And His Music, due out in September.

His son Sean, who looks after all of his business affairs, which has not been an easy task of late, arranged for Tony and his wonderful wife Sue to travel down to London especially, to shoot the DVD footage and we spent a lovely evening laughing and reminiscing over the past. It was a wonderful and emotional day and brought back lots of warm memories.

Sue and Tony are truly two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet and I feel very lucky to count them both as my friends. I am loving the fact that he is hogging the charts and am so looking forward to his new re-release on 25th July of Avenues and Alleyways. It was the anthem of the Gerry Anderson cult TV series “The Protectors” and I am sure it is going to be a huge hit. Accompanied by a brand new video, which was shot in West London, it opens with a James Bond style sequence and includes a fantastic cast. This is one item that definitely should top your shopping list.

For up to the minute information on Tony’s appearances visit his website at www.tonychristie.com

I have one very special copy of the new Tony Christie – Definitive Collection- signed by Tony to give away to the first person to correctly tell me –

What record label was Tony signed to in 1969?


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