IRISH songwriter and recording artist Gilbert O’Sullivan regards it as a wonderful compliment when another singer covers one of his songs, and he has had flattery in spades.
“I’ve had the likes of Diana Krall, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond, Sarah Vaughan; the list is wonderfully endless,” O’Sullivan said.
“There is a hard rock version by a very famous Japanese band cover of Alone Again at 200mph and I even like that.”
Based in Jersey in the Channel Islands, O’Sullivan will celebrate his 50th anniversary in the music industry with his first national tour of Australia, featuring a full band and his hits including Alone Again (Naturally), Clair, Nothing Rhymed and Get Down.
O’Sullivan will also release a new album in August which he recently finished recording with producer Ethan Johns.
“I think the sustainability of song writing is the fact that I’ve never lost the love of it,” he said.
“When I look around at my contemporaries, it’s arguable that at a certain age they lose interest; perhaps they don’t like the music scene as much as they used to when they were younger.
“With me, I’ve always enjoyed the music scene and song writing is the key.”
O’Sullivan said in 1962 when The Beatles arrived, like millions of other kids around the world, all he wanted was to be in a band.
“Because they were so young and capable of writing such great songs, you felt ‘Well if they could write, it was possible that you could’,” he said.
“I was four years at art school and I would have ended up in a design studio, doing illustrations or something, but the musical side of me grew bigger and I was in a semi-professional band in Swindon.
“I was the drummer and Rick Davies was the keyboard player. We would have turned professional, but the bass player and guitar player had jobs they didn’t want to give up, so Rick went off to form Supertramp and I went off to form Gilbert O’Sullivan.”
Community News has 10 double passes to give away to Gilbert O’Sullivan at Crown Theatre Perth on March 24. Enter here by 10am, Friday, February 16.
What: Gilbert O’Sullivan
Where and when: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, March 23 and Crown Theatre Perth, March 24
Tickets: www.manpac.com.au and www.ticketmaster.com.au