Gilbert O’Sullivan, ’70s Hitmaker, Sets 2021 Tour

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Gilbert O’Sullivan, who scored a #1 hit in 1972 with “Alone Again (Naturally),” has announced a 2021 tour. The U.S. dates in April, dubbed “Just Gilbert,” will bring him to seven locations of the intimate City Winery chain, including the new flagship of the NYC location. The shows are almost one year to the day of when they were originally scheduled, only to be postponed due to the pandemic.

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 turned 74 on December 1, 2020, celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary to his wife, Aase, in 2020.

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 2021 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here or via the venue)

Apr 11 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
Apr 12 – New York, NY – City Winery
Apr 14 – Boston, MA – City Winery
Apr 16 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
Apr 18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Apr 19 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
Apr 21 – Washington, DC – City Winery
Apr 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
Apr 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
Apr 27 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage
May 11 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Konserthus

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  1. Val
    #1 Val 3 December, 2020, 08:07

    Plz plz plz send gilbert o sullivan to nottingham arena would love to go see him been a fan since the 60s

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    • Pyrhonette
      Pyrhonette 3 December, 2020, 13:42

      That’d be nice. Apparently, though, he’s only doing intimate venues, maybe just him and the piano. Aside from the winery tour, he’s booked for a river cruise next summer, but, we’ll see if the pandemic relaxes…

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