John Otway is largely regarded as one of the most unlikely musicians to have ever managed to achieve success (albeit only briefly) after Polydor Records signed him following his stunt on the BBC's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' music show. As seen in his new documentary, John Otway managed to injure himself by jumping on top of a less than sturdy amplifier while singing his track 'Cor Baby That's Really Free'; a song which subsequently achieved UK chart success. It was 1977 and everyone was looking for some fresh new punk singer to smash the music industry - only as it turns out, Otway wasn't really it. From then on, his career was about him, his fans and his guitarist Wild Willy Barrett trying in desperation to get him another hit and now he's back at his old school teaching students what not to do when trying to break the music industry.
John Otway - Friars Music Club Aylesbury is major new exhibition of music memorabilia, featuring David Bowie's ripped Ziggy Stardust shirt, rare memorabilia relating to David Bowie, Lou Reed, Genesis, The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Clash, Roxy Music and Queen, "The Evolution of Friars" music exhibition includes concert posters, original photographs, paraphernalia from Friars' archives, and musical instruments and equipment used by some of the most prestigious names to pass through Friars' doors. - Aylesbury, United Kingdom - Friday 28th February 2014
John Otway - John Otway poses with fans wearing masks bearing the image of his own face at Cannes before a screening of his movie 'The Greatest Rock & Roll Failure' - Cannes, France - Sunday 19th May 2013
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.
It will feature on the forthcoming album 'Both Sides of the Sky'.