Craig Douglas Biography

Terence Perkins, 12 August 1941, Newport, Isle Of Wight, England. After moving to London in the mid-50s, Douglas came under the wing of agent Bunny Lewis, appeared on the television show 6.5 Special, and won a record contract with Decca Records before moving to Dick Rowe’s label, Top Rank. Covering American hits was the classic route to chart success, and in 1959 Douglas scored with Dion’s ‘A Teenager In Love’ and reached number 1 with Sam Cooke’s ‘Only Sixteen’. He co-starred with Helen Shapiro in the movie It’s Trad, Dad! (1962). Several more hits followed but after four consecutive number 9s with ‘A Hundred Pounds Of Clay’, ‘Time’, ‘When My Little Girl Is Smiling’ and ‘Our Favourite Melodies’, Douglas felt the sting of the approaching beat boom. He then travelled the world, returning for a career in cabaret in the UK, where he still resides. In 1992 he joined other 60s survivors, including Helen Shapiro, on the Walkin’ Back To Happiness Tour. Douglas possesses a good singing voice that should have moved into the classic pop song. His recycled past hits now sound trite and tired, although the voice is still intact.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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