Keith West - Sam ( from `A Teenage Opera` )





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Uploaded on Sep 15, 2008

Keith West in 1964 became the lead singer of `In Crowd` a rock band from London, which was then renamed `Tomorrow`. Another member of that band was the guitarist Steve Howe (later Yes). In 1967 West became acquainted with Mark Wirtz, a producer who had already created the instrumental title, `A Touch of Velvet, a Sting of Brass` (1965). Later on the melody became the theme tune for the German TV programmes Beat-Club and Musikladen.
West is better known as a contributor to Wirtz's A Teenage Opera. He was the singer of `Excerpt from A Teenage Opera`, also known as `Grocer Jack` which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1967. He also performed `Sam` which reached the bottom end of the Top 40 the same year.
In 1968 West released the single `On A Saturday` on Parlophone Records. Other musicians who appeared on the single were the guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Ronnie Wood, and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. It has since been included on the remastered CD version of the Tomorrow album (1999).

In 1971 West released a solo album, Wherever My Love Goes on the German label, Kuckuck. By the mid 1970s West was the lead singer for a group called Moonrider.West continues to produce and record music, which is used primarily within the advertising industry.
There are also clips of West on youtube performing live in recent years.

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