Gilbert O'Sullivan

Real Name:
Raymond Edward O'Sullivan
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Gilbert O’Sullivan is an Irish male singer-songwriter, born on the 1st of December 1946 in Waterford, Ireland. In 1958 at the age of 11 he moved with his family to Swindon in England. Than he started to play guitar, piano and drums. He played drums in his first band The Doodles, and left them to join The Prefects, but also this was not for a long time. After finishing Swindon Art College, Gilbert moved to London in 1967 to try and further his musical career. From 1967 he start releasing singles. His success came slowly.

After beginning his musical career during the late sixties, playing in various local bands, he had two of his songs recorded by 'The Tremeloes' in 1967 under the credit of 'R O'Sullivan'. He has received three 'Ivor Novello Awards', including 'Songwriter of the Year' in 1973 and is also credited as being one of the first artists to bring about the practice of 'sample clearance', after successfully suing rapper 'Biz Markie' in 1991 who had used a part of Gilbert’s 'Alone Again (Naturally)' song without permission.

Here in Discogs (April 2020), Gilbert has 21 albums and 68 compilations accredited to him. There are also some 124 singles/EPs accredited to him. Of these Gilbert has achieved UK music chart success so far in his career. In total, 11 LPs have charted (Top 100) with four achieving 'Top 10' placings and the album 'Back To Front' hitting the coveted No.1 spot in the UK in January 1973. In all, his LP chart success has gained him over 200 weeks in the UK music charts to date.

In terms of single/EP releases, 16 have charted in the UK music charts. Seven of these have achieved positions with the UK Top 10 with 'Clair / What Could Be Nicer' and 'Get Down / A Very Extraordinary Sort Of Girl' hitting the UK No.1 slot in November 1972 and April 1973 respectively. Overall, Gilbert has achieved placings in the UK Singles Chart for 145 weeks. (Source: Official Charts Company (UK) (April 2020)).
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Albums

MAM-SS 501, 803/258.041-Y Gilbert O'Sullivan - Himself album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Himself (Album) MAM, MAM MAM-SS 501, 803/258.041-Y Belgium 1971 Sell This Version
313 MAM-SS 503 Y 383 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Back To Front album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Back To Front (Album) MAM 313 MAM-SS 503 Y 383 Belgium 1972 Sell This Version
EMAMC 15505 Gilbert O'Sullivan - I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter album art Gilbert O'Sullivan I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter (Album) MAM, MAM, MAM EMAMC 15505 UK 1973 Sell This Version
KMAMC 506 Gilbert O'Sullivan - A Stranger In My Own Back Yard album art Gilbert O'Sullivan A Stranger In My Own Back Yard (Album) MAM, MAM KMAMC 506 UK 1974 Sell This Version
MAMA.2004 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Southpaw album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Southpaw (Album) MAM, MAM MAMA.2004 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
SBP 237541 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Off Centre album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Off Centre (Album) CBS SBP 237541 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
ASF 2812 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Life & Rhymes album art Gilbert O'sullivan Life & Rhymes (Album) CBS ASF 2812 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
CKN 25111 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Le Più Belle Canzoni Di Gilbert O'Sullivan album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Le Più Belle Canzoni Di Gilbert O'Sullivan (Comp) Carosello CKN 25111 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
6.26710 AP Gilbert O'Sullivan - Frobisher Drive album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Frobisher Drive (Album) Ultraphone 6.26710 AP Germany 1987 Sell This Version
TOCP-6897 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Sounds Of The Loop album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Sounds Of The Loop (Album) InsideOut TOCP-6897 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
KTCR-1222 Gilbert O'Sullivan - The Little Album album art Gilbert O'Sullivan The Little Album (Album) Kitty Records KTCR-1222 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
TOCP-7843 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Tomorrow Today - Live In Japan '93 album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Tomorrow Today - Live In Japan '93 (Album) BR Music TOCP-7843 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
PRKMC30 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Every Song Has Its Play album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Every Song Has Its Play (Album) Park Records PRKMC30 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ROJOC 1024 Gilbert O'Sullivan - The Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan Live In Japan album art Gilbert O'Sullivan The Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan Live In Japan(CD) The Hit Record Co. Ltd ROJOC 1024 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KTCM-1057 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Singer Sowing Machine album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Singer Sowing Machine (Album) Park Records KTCM-1057 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
KTCM-1175 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Irlish album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Irlish (Album) Bygum Records KTCM-1175 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
VICP-62326 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Piano Foreplay album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Piano Foreplay (Album) EMI VICP-62326 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
VICP-63614 Gilbert O'Sullivan - A Scruff At Heart album art Gilbert O'Sullivan A Scruff At Heart (Album) Victor VICP-63614 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
none Gilbert O'Sullivan - The Best Of... Live In Concert album art Gilbert O'Sullivan The Best Of... Live In Concert(CD, Album) The Irish Mail On Sunday none Ireland 2010 Sell This Version
VICP-70175 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Gilbertville album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Gilbertville (Album) Hypertension VICP-70175 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
USMFLCD002 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Latin Ala G! album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Latin Ala G! (Album) Union Square Music Ltd. USMFLCD002 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
PROMOBMG1495CD Gilbert O'Sullivan - Gilbert O'Sullivan album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Gilbert O'Sullivan (Album) BMG PROMOBMG1495CD Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3089 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Disappear / You album art Gilbert* Disappear / You (Single) CBS 3089 UK 1967 Sell This Version
3399 Gilbert O'Sullivan - What Can I Do album art Gilbert* What Can I Do(7", Single, Promo) CBS 3399 UK 1968 Sell This Version
MM 613 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Mr. Moody's Garden album art Gilbert* Mr. Moody's Garden(7", Single) Major Minor MM 613 UK 1969 Sell This Version

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crichton

crichton

March 13, 2019
Gilbert is a brilliant composer, pianist and singer. I always enjoy listening to him.
Regarding the below, he can't be blamed for anything. of course Biz Markie wanted to sample Alone Again for talk over it. initially Biz Markie and his label asked for permission, after being refused they went on to release it anyway. hence the lawsuit.
timibbitson

timibbitson

January 31, 2013
Can be blamed for sueing rap artists for samples ( Biz Markie - Alone again naturally ) this lead to Rap and Hip-Hop artists getting huge problems in clearing new releases . De La Soul being the best example , this only helped to destroy old school hip hop and results in the kind off stuff passed off as hip hop today .

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