Paradoxically, the British pop singer David Garrick, named after the 18th-century actor, enjoyed much greater success in West Germany and the Netherlands than he did in the country of his birth. His one British hit was a relatively unknown American song, Dear Mrs Applebee (1966). It reached No 22 in the UK charts, but made No 3 in Holland, and topped the charts in Germany.
As a youngster, Garrick sang in a church choir in Liverpool, and became interested in opera. He obtained a scholarship to be trained as an opera singer in Milan. But, after two years, he returned to Liverpool and was often seen in the Cavern Club, the musical home of the Beatles.
There, astonishing though it may seem, he once improvised an excerpt from the 19th-century Italian opera Pagliacci. He was heard by the Kinks’ manager, Robert Wace, who invited him to London to record his first single, Go (1965). But both that and its follow-up, One Little Smile (also 1965), had little impact.
The following year, he issued a cover version of the Rolling Stones’ song Lady Jane, which climbed to No 28 in the British charts, but again did much better in the Netherlands. He all but ended his musical career in 1970. However, during the 1990s, he performed at large outdoor festivals in Germany, where he had an enormous following.
David Garrick, who was born Philip Core on September 12, 1945, died on August 23 at the age of 67.
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