Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
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11. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
South London born & bred and former Fleet St Journalist Steve Harley began his singing career "floor-spotting" (singing for free as a member of the audience) in London folk clubs in 1971/72. He later joined folk band Odin as rhythm guitarist and co-singer, going on to form Cockney Rebel as a vehicle for his own work when the folk scene proved a little tame. The band signed to EMI for a guaranteed three album deal in 1972 and released "The Human Menagerie" early in ’73, going on to release numerous albums and singles over the next three decades, including "Judy Teen", "Mr Soft" and "Here Comes The Sun". Their biggest hit, "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)" reached number one in 1975 in the UK and many European countries and is regularly voted among the top singles in the history of the charts. The song has been covered more than 100 times in seven languages, and is bound to be a Rewind Festival anthem this summer.