One of a string of successful Welsh rock star
s over the years (is this sarcasm
? you decide!), Shakin' "Shaky" Stevens emerged into the British chart
s in the very early 1980
s. Some called him the new Cliff Richard
, others announced that here was the British Elvis Presley
. Most of us just saw a rock 'n' roll
singer in tight blue denim
Amazingly enough, he managed to notch up more British top 20 singles during the 80s than any other solo artist: that's more than Michael Jackson, more than Madonna. In fact his tally includes four number ones, three number twos and five other top ten singles.
His most famous recordings are probably This Ole House, Green Door and Blues Christmas. They're the ones that I remember anyway. Apparently he's still around and still involved in the music business and every so often still releasing music that fails to achieve the dizzying heights of his glory years, 1981-1983.