Gilbert O’Sullivan, ’70s Hitmaker, Sets 2020 Tour

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Gilbert O’Sullivan, who scored a #1 hit in 1972 with “Alone Again (Naturally),” has announced a 2020 tour. The U.S. dates in April, dubbed “Just Gilbert,” will bring him to all seven locations of the intimate City Winery chain, including the new flagship of the NYC location.

The Ireland-born singer-songwriter quickly followed up his 1972 smash single with two other big U.S. hits, “Clare,” which reached #2, and “Get Down,” which peaked at #7 the following year.

O’Sullivan, who recently turned 74, just celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary to his wife, Aase.

O’Sullivan was born Raymond Edward O’Sullivan on Dec. 1, 1946 in Waterford, Ireland, and enrolled at Swindon Art College, specializing in graphic design.

But he had another love – music – and after forming and joining local bands as a drummer/vocalist, he started writing his own songs, heavily influenced by The Beatles as writers and Bob Dylan as a performer.

After two unsucessful singles, he sent a demo tape to Gordon Mills, the man behind Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, who impressed with his songwriting, became his manager. The result was his first single on the MAM label, “Nothing Rhymed,” which became a U.K. Top Ten hit in 1970.

But it was 1972’s “Alone Again (Naturally),” which O’Sullivan wrote and produced that sealed his fame, topping the U.S. charts for six weeks and earning three Grammy nominations. The song was ranked the year’s second biggest by Billboard.

Related: “Alone Again (Naturally)” was #1 for all of 1972 on New York’s WABC

O’Sullivan has earned seven Top 10 U.K. singles and a #1 album, Back to Front. He released a self-titled album in 2018.

Watch the video for “The Same the Whole World Over” from his recent LP

Gilbert O’Sullivan 2020 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Feb 01 – Einhoven, Holland – Muziekgebouw
Apr 05 – Birmingham, UK – Town Hall
Apr 12 – Washington, DC – City Winery
Apr 13 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
Apr 15 – New York, NY – City Winery
Apr 16 – Boston, MA – City Winery
Apr 19 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
Apr 20 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Apr 22 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
Apr 24 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage
Apr 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint

May 27 – Osaka, Japan – Sankei Hall Breeze
May 29 – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo International Forum
May 30 – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo International Forum

Oct 17 – Kobenhavn, Denmark – Docken
Oct 18 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Konserthus

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