July 29 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Classic tracks such as I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday, Bus Stop, The Things We Do For Love, No Milk Today, For Your Love and Look Through Any Window will all feature in a special acoustic concert by 10cc’s Graham Gouldman in Hertford next week.
He has written some of the greatest and most enduring songs of the 60s and 70s.
Now 10cc’s Graham Gouldman is touring them, acoustically, with a couple of dates in Hertfordshire this month.
Due to the success of last year’s Heart Full of Songs tour, Gouldman is playing a string of intimate concerts across the country.
Featuring fellow 10cc band member Mike Stevens and Iain Hornal, the Heart Full of Songs tour includes shows at Hertford Corn Exchange on Sunday, May 25 and Rhodes in Bishop’s Stortford three days later.
Anyone attending a 10cc concert in recent years will likely have witnessed the sublime acoustic opening set, featuring Gouldman and the guys performing some of the hits he penned for other artists.
The success of these sets encouraged Gouldman to take the idea one step further and Heart Full of Songs became a standalone acoustic entity.
After writing hits such as Pamela, Pamela for Wayne Fontana, For Your Love and Heart Full of Soul for The Yardbirds, Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window for The Hollies, No Milk Today for Herman’s Hermits, and Tallyman for Jeff Beck, he formed 10cc in 1972 with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Crème.
As a band they enjoyed 11 top 10 UK hits, including three number one singles – Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday – along with tracks such as Donna, Good Morning Judge and The Things We Do For Love.
It’s the enduring popularity of these tracks and Gouldman’s love of playing songs in their simplest form, that led him to form Heart Full of Songs.
As if to further reinforce Gouldman’s status as one of the world’s leading songwriters, he is to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in New York in June.
Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.
In recent years, Gouldman has co-written with the likes of Gary Barlow, Tim Rice, Paul Carrack, Chris Difford and Suggs, as well as spending time in Nashville writing with, among others, Country Songwriter of the Year Gary Burr.
Gouldman also co-wrote with McFly for their album Wonderland.