DAVID ALEXANDER

The story

DAVID ALEXANDER was born and lived all his childhood life in David Street, Blackwood, Wales with his mum, dad sister Ruby and four brothers, Brian, Barry, Harold and Mike.

He left Bedwelty Grammar school Gwent at the age of 16 to help support his family. He joined his father and eldest brother in the mines at Oakdale colliery. Mining coal was not for David and so after two years he left and went to work for Girlings Brake Co, returning to school in the evenings. It was at the factory he joined the "Trenwydd Singers" and tasted for the first time the applause of an audience. The singers appeared on the tv show Opportunity Knocks and David’s solo performance was noted and recognised by Hughie Green and Royston Mayoh who many years later Directed David’s live video recording.  

David acted on their advice and was soon putting together his first singing act. With twenty songs and a little Dutch courage he finally made his debut at Quakers Yard Social Club for a fee of £7. 10. shillings. 

Ricky Mason seemed a good name and he was an instant success. This didn’t go down too well with his boss when he called in sick, that night they issued David with an ultimatum; The factory or the stage. Ricky Mason hit the road and for three years he hardly had a night off from the clubs of Yorkshire, Scotland, The north east and of course his native Wales. With two years with Pontin’s in Bracklesham Bay David had now become a great entertainer and in great demand. He was seen by ex-manager of Tom Jones – Byron Godfrey, they had in fact been good friends at school and Byron signed David up. 

David’s career really took off in February 1971 with the release of If I Could See The Rhondda One More Time on the Columbia label. The single record sold several hundred thousand copies, followed with Come Home Rhondda Boy. Both songs written by his friend Johnny Cesar.
David was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Czechoslovakia song festival. This was followed by work in Holland. Malta, Spain and Germany. 

In between David’s busy schedule he always managed to find time to support a worthy charity. He was a barker in The Variety Club of Great Britain, he ran three marathons in one year and raised £7,000 for a Sunshine coach for Walton school. In 1989 he was asked to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and alone he raised £3,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital then he raised a further £1,000 to send Rachel to Disney World, what a wonderful man he was he always had time for people less fortunate than himself, especially children. While speaking of children David had two beautiful daughters Alexandra and Bronwen, who are now both married with families of their own.

Bronwen has followed her dad onto the stage and has been seen in many Productions at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield. 

David’s first long playing album was So Many Ways in 1975 followed by I Love You, Now And Then, Reflections, Forever and Ever, It’s Christmas, Working Man, If I Never Sing Another Song, Best of Volume One, Sign of the Times, Best of Volume Two, Feed the Fire, More and More, One Day and There You Are, which was recorded just before David Died. David had also recorded a video in 1994 The Concert which he was not happy with but with a lot of very hard work it was released with cassette and CD in November 1995.
Many CDs have followed including, If I Only Had Time which finishes with a song written and sung by his wife Penny If Heaven Had A Phone. Penny also wrote a track for The Christmas album Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You.
More recently we have release Encore also a double CD Sweet Music Man. New to our collection are David’s Song Books which contain a cd with songs, backing tracks and a book of words.

Back in 1991, we had a frightening time; David had an operation on his throat. He was really worried, fearing he may loose his voice but after a months rest and therapy he was back on form. Celebrating with a sell-out concert at The Liverpool Empire, it also marked 25 years in show business. It was a wonderful night. We had The Llandudno Male Voice Choir, Gateacre School Choir and of course myself Penny Page and Googi. Amongst the backing singers were his beautiful daughters Alexandra and Bronwen. What a memorable night that was, one I will never forget. We continued to work although we thought maybe we could slow down a little. David’s dream came true when we bought a home in Tenerife. He loved it and we spent several three month periods there and it wasn’t long before David was working all the bars and hotels. We were in the sun, David was golfing and singing. He was in his element. We only had just over three years of this life and then David was taken from us, he had a massive heart attack in Tenerife on 4thth February 1995. 

Thousands of fans and admirers mourned this wonderful man. Two Variety Club Sunshine coaches were dedicated to him, a concert at the Floral Pavilion Theatre New Brighton put together by our dear friend Ray Wood, head of entertainment for the Wirral and supported with a cast of all David’s showbiz friends a wonderful tribute fitting of a wonderful man

The video is now a DVD, which includes The Concert plus a new feature A Portrait Of David. This tells his life from a boy to a man with photos, interviews and video clips of earlier days.

I still thank David every day for leaving me his music it is my full-time job and I love it. I can imagine how excited David would be to know it is all still continuing, but he probably has something to do with it.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my wonderful man.

Penny Page