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

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    Darren Burn, 1973.

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