TONY CHRISTIE WILL GET' UP CLOSE' THIS MAY
Orchard Entertainment bring UK #1 selling artist Tony Christie and 50 years of music to The Gate, Cardiff on Saturday the 26th of May 2018 as part of his UK tour. Tickets are on general sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk; in person from The Gate; or by calling The Gate Arts Centre Box Office on 029 2048 3344.
There are some, albeit misguided souls that think Tony Christie appeared out of nowhere in 2005 to grace our TV screens and ask the way to Amarillo. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those of us who know better, who appreciate his wonderful voice and his ability to get inside a song, can tell you that over the last 50 years he has recorded a string of great records.
Over the course of his career, one that includes over forty albums, seventy singles and countless live performances Tony has sung thousands of songs. Tony’s chart breakthrough came in 1971, when Las Vegas, a Mitch Murray and Peter Callander song made the UK Top 30; it had originally been offered to Tom Jones’s manager, who turned it down. His follow up, in April, was another Murray and Callander song, I Did What I Did for Maria that steadily climbed the charts until it made No.2, although on the New Musical Express chart it was No.1.
Later in 1971 his next single was (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, written by American, Neil Sedaka and surprisingly, it only made the lower reaches of the Top 20 in the UK, but was hit all over the world. The lack of UK success baffled his record company until they found out so many people were buying it in Spain, where it was No.1, and bringing it home with them. However, every song has its day and in 2005 it soared to the top of the UK charts, staying there for 7 weeks, after Peter Kay mimed to Tony’s record for the Comic Relief TV show.
Most recently in 2016 Christie released 50 Golden Greats, a collection of 50 songs that is Tony’s musical autobiography, one that shows that he is a consummate singer – a singer who always delivers his best.