b. Richard Anthony Bush, 13 January 1938, Cairo, Egypt. Anthony forsook higher education in Paris to become a singer but was obliged to make ends meet with a variety of jobs and as a session saxophonist. He signed to Pathe-Marconi in 1958, but his debut single, â€˜La Rue Des Coeurs Perdusâ€™, fared poorly. However, he became popular with his native reproductions of US smashes such as Buddy Hollyâ€™s â€˜Peggy Sueâ€™ and Lloyd Priceâ€™s â€˜Personalityâ€™. He came into his own, however, during the twist craze with â€˜Câ€™est Ma FÃªteâ€™ (â€˜Itâ€™s My Partyâ€™), and an untranslated â€˜Letâ€™s Twist Againâ€™ established him as a rival to Johnny Hallyday (the Gallic â€˜answerâ€™ to Elvis Presley). After a million-selling French cover version of Peter, Paul And Maryâ€™s â€˜500 Miles Away From Homeâ€™, he secured a UK chart entry in 1963 with â€˜Walking Aloneâ€™ and reached the Top 20 with â€˜If I Loved Youâ€™. His admirable revival of the Everly Brothersâ€™ â€˜Crying In The Rainâ€™ narrowly missed the charts. Concentration on this market adversely affected his domestic standing, until 1966â€™s â€˜Fille Sauvageâ€™ (the Rolling Stonesâ€™ â€˜Ruby Tuesdayâ€™) brought him in from the cold. Both on tour and in the studio, he was backed for some time by the Roulettes, who impressed him with their playing on a French version of â€˜Concrete And Clayâ€™. Anthonyâ€™s career continued its ups and downs and his total record sales exceeded 12 million.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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