The Sensational Alex Harvey, Paperback

The Sensational Alex Harvey Paperback


Glasgow-born Alex Harvey's career began in the 1950s when he won a competition to become Scotland's answer to Tommy Steele (he dubbed himself 'Last of the Teenage Idols').

He was a devoted family man but in front of an audience he became an unforgettable entertainer - charismatic, provocative and intense. "The Sensational Alex Harvey Band" eventually became one of the most exciting live acts of the 1970s - taking in Jacques Brel, rock and vaudeville.

But Harvey's life offstage was beset by tragedy and his own alcoholism: his younger brother, Les, was electrocuted on stage; his manager and friend Billy Fehilly was killed in a plane crash.

Eventually with his band in tatters, Alex sank into a sea of alcohol, finally succumbing to a fatal heart attack whilst waiting for a ferry home from a gig in Belgium in 1982, the day before his 47th birthday.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 12pp b/w plates
  • Publisher: Birlinn General
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9781846970887



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