In his teens he moved to Marks Gate near Chadwell Heath and Romford in Essex.
He made his first record entitled "And the Tears Came Tumbling Down" for the Fontana label in 1965. A second single, "Lamplight", also reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
In 1981, he starred in Childe Byron, a play staged at the Young Vic theatre.
In 1985, he co-wrote and starred as Fletcher Christian in the West End musical Mutiny!
In 1999, Essex was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
He still tours the UK every year and releases albums through his website.
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However, the role was expanded beyond the three weeks planned, and Essex was unable to commit the time. A model and recording of Essex is featured in the museum of West Ham United Football Club.Essex continued to perform in all areas of show business. In 1991, a compilation entitled His Greatest Hits reached Number 13; a 1993 album, Cover Shot, featuring a cover version of the Buzz Cason/Mac Gayden song "Everlasting Love", peaked at Number 3.His autobiography, A Charmed Life, was published in 2002, and became a bestseller.If you're lucky enough to look under 65, make sure you bring some ID. With fast and frequent trains to the capital, a day out in the world’s most visited city is only a speedy c2c train away.
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His first notable acting role aside from small appearances in the films Assault and All Coppers Are... His biggest hits during this decade included two UK Number One singles: "Gonna Make You a Star" (1974) and "Hold Me Close" (1975).