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Ken Burgess, 1978
|Born||26 November 1944|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, composer, producer, singer, painter.|
|Associated acts||Tomorrow, David McWilliams, Nava Baruchin|
Ken Burgess (born 26 November 1944) is a British-Israeli producer, composer, songwriter, singer and painter. He was born and raised in Dagenham, London. Burgess produced and wrote songs for various bands and singers in England, France, America and Israel. His songs reached the top of the charts worldwide. All together, Burgess is registered as the producer and writer of over 500 songs.
Burgess taught himself guitar at the age of 9, and at the age of 14 joined his first rock group, the Teenbeats, which included lead singer Tony Colton and bass player Keith West. The group disbanded a year later.
Burgess continued writing songs together with Keith West. The two wrote songs for Keith's group Tomorrow, including the hit "My White Bicycle". The group recorded in Abbey Road studio 1, at the same time as The Beatles were recording in studio 2, and John Lennon entered the studio while Tomorrow were recording My White Bicycle. Later, Lennon wrote in the British international music magazine Melody Maker that he considered the song to be the "psychedelic anthem" and the song became an underground hit.
Ken Burgess produced, composed and wrote albums and songs for various groups and singers, including:
Burgess also worked in various projects with musicians such as: Tommy Eyre, Jeff Beck, Liam Genockey, Trevor Murrel, John McCoy, Steve Howe, Steve Gregory, Richard Brunton, Steve Bird, Dave Quincy, Loughty Amao, Terry Smith, Garth Watroy, Jeff Allen, Roger Sutton, Gus Yeadon, Dion Estos and The London Symphony Orchestra.
In 1982 Burgess produced a Francis Lai project written for the female Israeli singer Navah Baruchin. Burgess later married Baruchin, and converted to become Jewish. After living together and working in France and England, the couple moved to Israel.
Burgess worked with various singers in Israel such as Danny Litany, Doron Mazar, Raffi Veinstock, Mordechai Ben David, Dudu Fisher, Yishai Lapidot, Amiran Dvir, Yeedle Werdyger, Tor Marquis and produced his own four solo albums:
Burgess owned the recording studio "United Studio" in Israel and later on he retired and pursued his other passion of painting. Burgess paints landscapes and biblical events. His paintings are shown in his own exhibitions in Israel.
The James Gang was an American rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. The band went through a variety of line-up changes until they recorded their first album as a power trio consisting of Joe Walsh, Tom Kriss (bass) and Jim Fox (drums). Dale Peters replaced Kriss on bass for the band's second and third albums. The band had two hit songs, "Funk #49" and "Walk Away", which continue to be popular on classic rock and AOR stations. In 1972, Walsh left to pursue a solo career and would later join the Eagles. The band continued on with a variety of other guitarists and lead singers to replace Walsh, but failed to produce a hit song over the course of six more studio albums and broke up in 1977. Various incarnations have reformed for several reunions since then.
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