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  • DavidRayner
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    I've just learned from the IMDb and Wikipedia that John Pitman, who interviewed Darren on both the Man Alive and People programmes, passed away on February 14th, 2018, aged 77. So both interviewer and interviewee are gone now.

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  • DavidRayner
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    The 1988 interview has now been uploaded to YouTube. The interviewer is the BBC's John Pitman, who had interviewed Darren fifteen years earlier in the Man Alive programme. In the 1988 interview, he is very self-depreciating and blaming his parents, especially his mother, for the 1973 - 1974 disaster at EMI.

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  • DavidRayner
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    Darren Burn, 1973.

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  • DavidRayner
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    I’ve just received from an eBay seller in Stockton on Tees an interview with Darren cut from the music paper Disc and dated July 28th, 1973. I won't reproduce it all here, but in it he says that one of the recordings he made at his first recording session was There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You, a track that was subsequently never released. I wonder if EMI still have it in their vaults, as it would be very interesting to hear it. Darren also says that he found True Love Ways very difficult to sing, although you’d never guess that from listening to it. The article also reveals that he called his father Colin. “I always have”, said Darren. When asked what Colin Burn did at EMI, Darren says: “Sits in his office and chain smokes.”

    A Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2018 to everyone on the forum.

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  • DavidRayner
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    An old editing copy of the 1973 BBC2 Man Alive film Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has been uploaded on YouTube. It was filmed during July and August, 1973 and first transmitted on Wednesday, October 24th, 1973. The programme features Darren, then The James Boys and Ricky Wilde and then back to Darren again for the last 25 minutes of the programme. It covers the launch of his first single and the publicity surrounding it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ1NGOiCWiQ&t=812s

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  • DavidRayner
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    Although there were only four singles by Darren released (two in 1973 and two in 1974) they are always available on eBay.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_od...+BURN&_sacat=0

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  • Mulletino
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    Originally posted by DavidRayner View Post
    Someone once said to me that even though Darren had a fabulous singing voice, being a trained choir boy, even if he'd become a big hit with the record buying public, he wouldn't have had a very long shelf life.
    A bit like Aled Jones?

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  • DavidRayner
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    Originally posted by Jay Mc View Post
    And as it turns out he was way more interested in 11 year old girls than he should have been
    I saw a documentary once showing the hysteria at one of Gary Glitter's concerts in 1973 and all these young girls were throwing their knickers at him. What they saw in him, I don't know. I've still got all the singles I bought in 1973, but there are none of Gary Glitter's among them. I didn't like his records at the time and so I never bought any.

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  • DavidRayner
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    That's odd consideirng David Cassidy & Donny Osmond were having plenty of success at the time, & still fairly young.
    Yes, but David Cassidy was 23 years old in 1973 and Donny Osmond was 15. So maybe Darren would have been more successful with them if he'd been a few years older. It's hard to say. Certainly, his voice would have broken by the age of 14 and perhaps he wouldn't have been able to reach the high notes like he did in 1973. Someone once said to me that even though Darren had a fabulous singing voice, being a trained choir boy, even if he'd become a big hit with the record buying public, he wouldn't have had a very long shelf life.

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  • Jay Mc
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    Originally posted by DavidRayner View Post
    One of the strange things about those days, and I've often said this, was that EMI aimed Darren at too narrow a target audience. Most eleven year old girls in those days seemed not to be interested in boy singers of their own age, but in adults like Gary Glitter, who was old enough to be their father.
    And as it turns out he was way more interested in 11 year old girls than he should have been

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  • Richard1978
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    That's odd consideirng David Cassidy & Donny Osmond were having plenty of success at the time, & still fairly young.

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  • DavidRayner
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    One of the strange things about those days, and I've often said this, was that EMI aimed Darren at too narrow a target audience. Most eleven year old girls in those days seemed not to be interested in boy singers of their own age, but in adults like Gary Glitter, who was old enough to be their father.

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  • Mulletino
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    I'd never heard of Darren or his music before and have only just read this thread. It truly is a sad tale indeed.

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  • Richard1978
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    It's interesting that in spite of all the publicity Darren didn't click with the record buying public.

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  • DavidRayner
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    No, tepee, it was all over the country at the time, in all the music magazines and newspapers. His records got constant plays on the radio and he was getting fan letters from all over the place. What he really needed though, was about half a million people buying his records.

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