Veteran crooner David Cassidy is convinced his career has lasted long after he lost his sex symbol status because, like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson he has "great talent".

The 54-year-old is currently travelling around Britain with other 1970s stars including The Osmonds and David Essex in the ONCE IN A LIFETIME revival tour.

And the pop icon boasts people still pay to see him perform, because his enduring musical abilities have made up for his fading looks.

He says, "If you look at the artistes who have gone from being a pop idol or sex symbol, beginning with Frank Sinatra or Rudolph Valentino, the ones that have survived are the ones that have great talent, like Elvis, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond."

17/06/2005 09:48