Eric Stewart



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.

10cc’s 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 Café’s "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 McCartney’s "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 can’t do?

For more about Eric Stewart, see Issue Seventeen and Eighteen of The Avenue.


Selected Discography

With 10cc
1973 10cc
1974 Sheet Music
1975 Original Soundtrack
1975 100cc
1976 How Dare You?
1977 Deceptive Bends
1977 Live and Let Live
1978 Bloody Tourists
1980 Look Hear?
1983 Windows in the Jungle
1992 ...Meanwhile
1995 Mirror Mirror
2000 Two from Ten

Eric Stewart Solo Albums
1980 Girls
1982 Frooty Rooties

  Work With Other Artists  
1969 Eire Apparent Sunrise  
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
1985 Flip Flip Producer
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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