John Otway

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John Otway
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Born October 2, 1952, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
John Otway, self-proclaimed as 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure', began his assault on the music industry in the mid-1970's in partnership with one 'Wild Willy' Barrett. They reached Number 27 in 1977 with the single 'Cor Baby, That's Really Free' but Otway's most remembered for accidentally crushing his 'crown jewels' on an amplifier whilst performing a cover of the Bob Lind song 'Cheryl's Going Home' live on the BBC's 'Old Grey Whistle Test'. Aside from numerous 'on/off' stints with Barrett he has also collaborated with Attila The Stockbroker and has gained a hardcore following performing as a solo artist and also with his 'Big Band'. Some 25 years after the 'Hit' he achieved his second (and highest charting) hit with 'Bunsen Burner' (straight in at Number 9) which was achieved via a Social Media campaign and the incredible support of his fan base. In 2013 Otway premiered his biopic 'Otway - The Movie' at the Odeon, Leicester Square, which was received with critical acclaim by the media. Ever the one for clever ways to sell his records Otway has tried them all (with varying degrees of success and failure) from releasing singles without vocals to circulating discs with counterfeit WEA labels to using the sleeves as free entry to gigs. Add to this the huge deposit paid (and lost) to hire a jet to take his fans on a World Tour that never got off the ground and two autobiographies and you have a remarkable career of more than 40 years that defies belief!
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Albums

2383 453 John Otway - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett album art John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 2383 453 UK 1977 Sell This Version
OBL 1 John Otway - Live At The Roundhouse album art Otway* & Barrett* Otway* & Barrett* - Live At The Roundhouse (Album) Not On Label OBL 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
3170 501 John Otway - Deep & Meaningless album art John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Deep & Meaningless (Single, Album) Polydor 3170 501 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2383 532 John Otway - Where Did I Go Right? album art John Otway Where Did I Go Right? (Album) Polydor, Polydor 2383 532 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
2383 581 John Otway - Way & Bar album art John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Way & Bar (Album) Polydor 2383 581 UK 1980 Sell This Version
HAM LP 1 John Otway - All Balls & No Willy album art John Otway All Balls & No Willy(LP, Album) Empire Records (13) HAM LP 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VM 7 John Otway - The Wimp & The Wild album art Otway* & Barrett* Otway* & Barrett* - The Wimp & The Wild(LP, Album) VM Records VM 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SBR 46CD John Otway - Cheryl - A Rock Opera album art Attila* & Otway* Attila* & Otway* - Cheryl - A Rock Opera (Album) Strike Back Records SBR 46CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
OTWAY 1MC John Otway - Under The Covers And Over The Top album art John Otway Under The Covers And Over The Top (Album) Otway Records OTWAY 1MC UK 1992 Sell This Version
OTCD 4001 John Otway - Live! album art John Otway And The Big Band (4) John Otway And The Big Band (4) - Live!(CD, Album) Amazing Feet Records OTCD 4001 UK 1993 Sell This Version
OTMC 4005 John Otway - Premature Adulation album art John Otway Premature Adulation (Album) Amazing Feet Records OTMC 4005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
WAY3 John Otway - The Set Remains The Same album art John Otway & The Big Band (4) John Otway & The Big Band (4) - The Set Remains The Same(CD, Album, Enh) Otway Records WAY3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
OTCD201 John Otway - Ot-Air album art John Otway Ot-Air(CD, Album) Microstar (2) OTCD201 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
RBLP001 John Otway - Montserrat album art John Otway And The Big Band (4) John Otway And The Big Band (4) - Montserrat (Album) Red Bowler Records RBLP001 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none John Otway - Misty Mountain album art John* & Willie* John* & Willie* - Misty Mountain(Acetate, 7", S/Sided) Not On Label none UK 1972 Sell This Version
COUN 214, COUN 215 John Otway - Misty Mountain / Gypsy album art John Otway Misty Mountain / Gypsy(7", Single, Mono) County Recording Service, County Recording Service COUN 214, COUN 215 UK 1972 Sell This Version
MCA-40081 John Otway - Murder Man album art John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Murder Man (Single) Track Record MCA-40081 US 1973 Sell This Version
VRS CF 01 John Otway - Louisa On A Horse album art John Otway Louisa On A Horse(7", Single) Viking Records (10) VRS CF 01 UK 1976 Sell This Version
2094 133 John Otway - Louisa On A Horse album art John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Louisa On A Horse(7", Single) Track Record 2094 133 UK 1976 Sell This Version
2058 916 John Otway - Racing Cars (Jet Spotter Of The Track) album art John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Racing Cars (Jet Spotter Of The Track) (Single) Polydor 2058 916 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2058 951 John Otway - Really Free album art John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett - Really Free (Single) Polydor 2058 951 Ireland 1977 Sell This Version
6022 226 John Otway - Geneve album art John Otway Geneve (Single) Polydor 6022 226 Belgium 1978 Sell This Version
2059 060 John Otway - Baby's In The Club album art John Otway Baby's In The Club(7", Single) Polydor 2059 060 UK 1978 Sell This Version
INT 111.517 John Otway - Frightened And Scared album art John Otway Frightened And Scared (Single) Polydor INT 111.517 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BUY DJ 101 John Otway - Green, Green Grass Of Home album art John Otway Green, Green Grass Of Home (Single) Stiff Records BUY DJ 101 UK 1980 Sell This Version