Interviews with Songwriters on Songwriting and Poetry
Steve Harley began his singing career singing in London folk clubs (Les Cousins, Bunjie's and The Troubadour) during the early 1970s. He later joined folk band Odin as rhythm guitarist and co-singer.
As he was constantly writing songs, he formed the group Cockney Rebel. The band signed to EMI for a guaranteed three-album deal in 1972 and released The Human Menagerie early in 1973. From this collection, a single, ‘Sebastian’, became a huge European hit, staying at number one Holland and Belgium for many weeks. Other Cockney Rebel and/or Steve Harley albums are: The Psychomodo, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Timeless Flight, Love's A Prima Donna, Face To Face (Live), Hobo With A Grin, The Candidate (all EMI), Yes You Can, Poetic Justice and The Quality Of Mercy.
One Cockney Rebel single, ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And