” A Winter’s Tale ” is by David Essex ( David Albert Cook ), the English musician, singer-songwriter and actor. During his career, David has notched up nineteen Top Forty singles in the United Kingdom, with two Number Ones, and sixteen Top Forty Albums.
David was born in Plaistow, London to Albert, who worked as an East End docker and Olive, a self-taught pianist. Throughout David’s career, his image was that of a Gypsy, his mother was a Romany and was descended from Romany Gypsies.
The song was written by Mike Batt and Tim Rice in the latter part of 1982 after a request from David. Mike Batt is an English singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, director and conductor. He discovered singer Katie Melua and writing Art Garfunkel’s 1979 single ” Bright Eyes ” ( from animated film Watership Down ), which became the biggest selling UK single in the UK that year.
Mike is also known for the British novelty act The Wombles; the act featured musicians dressed as characters from the famous 1970’s children’s TV series The Wombles, which was based on the book series by author Elisabeth Beresford.
Tim Rice ( Sir Timothy Miles Bindon ” Tim ” Rice ) is an English author and Award-winning lyricist. He is best known for co-writing with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
The single was released by record label Mercury ( owned by Universal Music Group ) on the 11th of December 1982 and taken from his Album, The Whisper, which reached number sixty-two on the UK Album Chart.
” A Winter’s Tale ” was sung by actress Louise English and used as the opening song for the musical All the Fun of the Fair, which opened in 2008. The jukebox musical and the book by Jon Conway was based on the songs of David, with the musical’s title taken from his 1975 UK number three Album, All the Fun of the Fair.
The song was a success for David. In the United Kingdom, it entered the Uk Singles Chart on the 11th of December 1982 and reached number two. ” You Can’t Hurry Love ” by Phil Collins keeping it from the top.
” A Winter’s Tale ” spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 3
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