Eric Stewart was born on January 20, 1945 in Manchester, England.
Eric acquired his first guitar at the age of 14 and immediately joined a band which included Vic Steele (later of the Hollies), and they became the Emperors of Rhythm. They supported famous names, including Brenda Lee and gave Eric his first taste of performing, and they even beat The Beatles in a local audition!
In 1963, Eric joined Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. After Fontana left the band in 1965, The Mindbenders continued to succeed on their own. The band even guest-starred in the Sidney Poitier film, To Sir With Love. The band broke up on November 20, 1968, which was the last night of a U.K. tour with The Who, Arthur Brown, and Joe Cocker.
Using his Mindbenders' royalties, Eric was able to open his first recording studio in 1968, with his business partner Peter Tattersall. Eric was Strawberry Studios resident engineer and session musician, and it was within Strawberry that 10cc was born.
By 1972, Eric, Graham Gouldman, Lol Crème, and Kevin Godley had tired of producing and playing on other people's hits and decided they should become a proper band themselves. Together they became 10cc, and were soon a household name.
10ccs third album, The Original Soundtrack, helped Eric earn recognition as a writer, singer and engineer. The song I'm Not In Love' earned the band many awards for songwriting and production, and also landed Eric a Grammy nomination for engineering the album.
10cc broke-up following their 1983 album "Windows in the Jungle" and did not re-unite until their 1992 album "...Meanwhile".
In 1979, Eric produced Sad Cafés "Facades". Over the years Eric has produced albums by many artists including: Godley & Crème, Flip and Agnetha Faltskog (of Abba).
Eric Stewart has appeared on numerous Paul McCartney albums, and also wrote songs for McCartneys "Press To Play" album.
In 1990, Eric provided vocals for the Alan Parsons produced "Freudiana" album, and later sang on a couple more of Alan Parsons solo albums. With a few AP tracks under his belt, Eric looks back and says, "I love the big love ballad on Freudiana and I loved doing Blue Blue Sky. 'On Air' is my favourite album."
Writer, singer, player, engineer and producer is there anything that Eric Stewart cant do?
For more about Eric Stewart, see Issue Seventeen and Eighteen of The Avenue.
|1976||How Dare You?|
|1977||Live and Let Live|
|1983||Windows in the Jungle|
|2000||Two from Ten|
|Eric Stewart Solo Albums|
|Work With Other Artists|
|1970||Hotlegs||Thinks: School Stinks||Bass, Guitar, Arranger, Vocals, Producer|
|1971||Ramases||Space Hymns||Synthesizer, Guitar|
|1973||John Lees||Major Fancy||Guitar|
|1975||Justin Hayward & John Lodge||Blue Jays||Engineer|
|1975||Neil Sedaka||Sedaka's Back||Guitar, Vocals (bckgr), Engineer|
|1978||Mandalaband||Eye of Wendor||Vocals|
|1979||Sad Cafe||Facades||Producer, Engineer|
|1980||Sad Cafe||Sad Cafe||Producer, Engineer|
|1982||Paul McCartney||Tug of War||Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1983||Paul McCartney||Pipes of Peace||Guitar, Vocals|
|1984||Paul McCartney||Give My Regards to Broad Street||Guitar, Vocals|
|1985||Godley & Creme||History Mix, Vol. 1||Producer|
|1985||Justin Hayward||Moving Mountains||Keyboards|
|1986||Paul McCartney||Press to Play||Harmony Vocals, Musician|
|1987||Agnetha Faltskog||Eyes of a Woman||Producer, Cover Art Concept|
|1990||Various / APP||Freudiana||Vocals|
|1993||Alan Parsons||Try Anything Once||Vocals|
|1994||The Moody Blues||Time Traveller|
|1996||Alan Parsons||On Air||Vocals|
|2002||Phil Manzanera||Complete Explorers||Vocals (bckgr)|
Thanks to Gilly Henson for assistance with this biography.
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