A Night At The Movies Album is by David Essex, the British singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
His seventeenth album was released on the 1st of January 1997 under the record label PolyGram TV, now part of Universal Music Group.
The A Night At The Movies album was produced by Mike Batt, the British singer, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger. As a songwriter he is known for writing the Art Garfunkel hit single ” Bright Eyes “, the theme to the 1979 TV adaptation of the novel Watership Down. He also wrote the theme music for the 1970s children’s television series The Wombles and went on to write and produce their hit singles and albums.
As a producer, Mike Batt has worked with a variety of recording artists including Steeleye Span, The Hollies, Alvin Stardust, Cliff Richard and Katie Melua, who he also discovered and managed.
The A Night At The Movies album, which features fourteen tracks, was recorded at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Road, London, England.
In addition to David Essex, the studios have played host to the likes of Adele, Coldplay, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney and U2.
David Essex was joined for the recording of the album by world-renowned The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with backing vocals by Mike Batt, Melanie Marshall and Miriam Stockley.
The most popular single, ” Oh What a Circus “, was released on the 19th of August 1978. The song, from the stage show Evita, was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, with production and arrangement by Mike Batt.
It was released as the third single from the show. Evita became an instant hit with critics and theatre-goers alike. Writing a review for the British newspaper The Guardian, dated the 22nd of June 1978, Michael Billington wrote it had ” breathtaking inventiveness “.
” Oh What a Circus ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 19th of August 1978 and peaked at number three. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and eleven weeks in the Top 100.
It also charted in Ireland, making number eight, twenty in the Netherlands, twenty-six in Belgium ( Flanders ) and seventy-two in Australia.
A Night At The Movies album became a commercial success for David Essex. In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 17th of May 1997 and peaked at number fourteen. It spent one week in the Top Twenty and five weeks in the Top 100.
About David Essex
David Albert Cook was born on the 23rd of July 1947 in Plaistow, east London, England. His father was a London docker and mother of Gypsy descent.
The times were tough with David’s childhood years spent playing amongst the bomb damage from the second world war.
David had aspirations to be a professional footballer and joined the West Ham United Junior team. His first jobs were in local markets and on the fairground, where he’d operate the bumper cars.
The turning point for David came when he heard music in a Soho club called The Flamingo after he and a friend had saved and travelled to London.
Although David loved the music, it was the drums that fascinated him the most. Inspired by what he had heard in the club, David went out and bought a drum kit for himself. After joining bands, he hooked up with the Everons.
While performing with the group, he was spotted by a showbusiness writer, Derek Bowman. Under his guidance, his name was changed from David Cook to David Essex, after the English county he was living in at the time. David left the Everons and pursued a solo career, recording a ballad which failed to chart.
He was sent to study dance and voice training at the Royal Academy of Arts by his now manager Derek Bowman. David continued to release records, none of which had success.
The singer’s big break came in 1971 when he auditioned for the part of Christ in the London version of Godspell. Chosen out of 2000 people that tried for the role, it was the break he needed.
He went on to star in the 1973 film, That’ll Be the Day and in 1974 the film Stardust, where he played Jim Maclaine. Since the early 1970s, David has appeared in many film, TV and stage shows.
To date, David Essex Album releases are twenty-nine studio albums, nine Compilations and fourteen Soundtracks or cast recordings. He has also released sixty-five singles.
A Night At The Movies Album Track Listing:
1. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
2. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
3. The Crying Game
4. The Wind Beneath My Wings
6. Together In Electric Dreams
7. Oh What A Circus
8. Seperate Lives
9. St. Elmo’s Fire ( Man In Motion )
10. Kiss From A Rose
11. Somewhere Out There
12. Silver Dream Machine ( 1997 New Version )
13. Sea Of Love ( 1997 Version )
12. Anthem: If I Had Words