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Steve Harley

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Make Me Smile (Come up and See Me) Steve Harley, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 03:59
Here Comes the Sun Steve Harley, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 02:57
Make Me Smile Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel 02:25
Compared With You (Your Eyes Don't Seem to Age) Steve Harley 04:37
Absolute Beginners Steve Harley 05:44
How Can I Tell You Steve Harley 04:19
Judy Teen Steve Harley, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 03:41
I've Just Seen A Face Steve Harley 03:01
Ae Fond Kiss Steve Harley 04:24
Lost Myself Steve Harley 04:07

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Compared With You (Your Eyes Don't Seem to Age)
Absolute Beginners
Ae Fond Kiss

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British songwriter and performer
Steve Harley, born Stephen Nice in London on February 27, 1951, worked as a
reporter before giving music a go in the early seventies. He rose to fame as he
frontman for the rock band Cockney Rebel, who scored a pair of top 10 UK hits
before he launched his first solo single, 1974’s “Big Big Deal”. He almost
completely overhauled the band’s lineup before 1975’s The Best Years of Our
, which gave him the biggest hit of his career, the number 1 smash “Make
Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)”
, a pop love song. A smattering of successful
singles followed, including a cover of “Here Comes the Sun” that hit the
top 10, before Steve Harley disbanded the back-up band entirely and launched a
solo career with 1978’s Hobo with a Grin. That and 1979’s The
failed to make any waves. He found himself back in the top 10
thanks to a 1986 version of “The Phantom of the Opera” recorded with
musical theater luminary Sarah Brightman. He got his musical career back on
track in the 1990s, becoming a consistent live draw and releasing a pair of
albums, 1992’s Yes You Can and 1996’s Poetic Justice. A
re-release of “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” put the beloved track
back in the top 40 in 1995. As the 21st century began, Steve Harley
enjoyed a long stint as a BBC radio presenter on a show that featured songs
from the 1970s. That gave him enough profile that his 2010 album, Stranger
Comes to Town
, charted higher than any of his previous solo albums, number
187. He revived his back catalogue in the 2010s, performing live shows that
consisted of the entirety of the first two Cockney Rebel albums, and in 2020 he
issued Uncovered, which contained a pair of self-penned songs surrounded
by covers such as The Band’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” The Beatles’ “I’ve
Just Seen a Face”
and David Bowie’s “Absolute Beginners”.