STEVE ELLIS

Steve Ellis is an English rock/pop singer, who now lives in Brighton. His biggest success was with the band Love Affair, most well-known for the songs "Everlasting Love", "A Day Without Love", "Rainbow Valley" and "Bringing On Back the Good Times". Ellis later felt that Love Affair had run its course, and he left in December 1969 for a solo career: "We never really made it big anywhere but Britain and I think that if we had started to happen in America, I wouldn't have left".

 

In the early 70s he formed the band "Ellis", a short lived partnership with keyboardist Zoot Money. Other members included ex-Peter Bardens guitarist Andy Gee; ex-Fat Mattress bassist Jimmy Leverton, later replaced by Nick South; and drummer Dave Lutton. The group released two albums, Riding on the Crest of a Slump in 1972, and Why Not? the following year. In 1976 one of the most popular Serbian and ex-Yugoslav bands, Smak, covered his song "El Doomo" under the title "El dumo", and achieved great success with it. Ellis subsequently had limited chart success with the rock band Widowmaker, releasing the album Widowmaker in 1976.

 

He also sang on the soundtrack of Loot, a 1970 film based on Joe Orton's play, directed by Silvio Narizzano.

2018 marks a very important anniversary for Steve Ellis. in the same year that Everlasting Love celebrates its 50th birthday, Steve released a new album ‘Boom Bang Twang!’ on 20 April, 2018. Fittingly enough it reunites Steve with the label where he enjoyed great success with Love Affair – CBS/Sony – and is an expertly crafted mix of new songs and some heartfelt covers with guests and long-time friends Paul Weller, COW, Manfred Mann’s Mike D’Abo, Kev Wallbank, Andy Crofts and Ben Gardelier (The Moons). ‘Boom Bang Twang!’ is the work of a man who believes in not resting on his laurels. 

 

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