Anglo For Your Ear: David Essex’s “Rock On”
Not content to just be a hot sexy man, DavidEssex put out this very forward-thinking pop songin 1973. “Rock On” contains multi-tracked vocals and layers of distortion and effects that are almost hip-hop in their complexity. A year after its UK release, the single became an American smash, hitting No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hilariously, Michael Damian, better known as DannyRomalotti on the CBS soap The Young and theRestless,
While watching this clip, notice how Mr. Essex, who’sstanding on a platform in the middle of the crowd,dances around with his mike stand, almost clockingseveral audience members in the face in the process.