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Former ELO guitarist unveils magnificent ‘SEVEN’

Seven is an irresistible roller coaster ride through latter day Beatlesque pop, drawn from different wells and different times, meticulously honed by Dave Scott-Morgan and reflecting his influences and rich wealth of music knowledge and experiences gained through working with some of Birmingham’s best loved bands, including The Move, Magnum, Tandy Morgan band and, of course, tripping the light fantastic with ELO!

Seven includes contributions from Birmingham legends including Tony Clarkin (Magnum), Richard Tandy (ELO) and even the late Carl Wayne (The Move).

Dave hard-wires the music and heads up the cast of his creative tribe, MOrganisation. They have been wowing audiences around the country with their absorbing set lists of Dave’s original songs, rock ‘n’ roll classics and quintessential ELO hits… all laced with chat and nostalgic anecdotes from Dave’s personal archives.

Dave Scott-Morgan’s name jumps out of books, websites, blogs and Facebook pages dedicated to rock & pop thanks to his work with ELO during one of the most memorable periods of the band’s illustrious history. Dave played guitar, sang backing vocals and played Vocorder during the world tour for ELO’s iconic Time album, before lending his voice to the band’s follow-up album, Secret Messages and later performing on ELO maestro, Jeff Lynne’s first solo album, Armchair Theatre.

Dave also formed the Tandy Morgan Band with ELO’s Richard Tandy in the mid – Eighties, whose recorded output includes the Earthrise album – a favourite with ELO fans the world over and which recently generated renewed excitement with its re-release. Fans also still lovingly recall the Jeff Lynne-produced Tandy Morgan single, Action, which fanned the radio airwaves through the summer of ’86.

Dave Scott-Morgan grew up just as the rock & roll boom took hold: “I found myself in the melting pot of young fellas strumming guitars and singing, and having a whole load of fun to boot. Birmingham in the Sixties was a seething hotpot of groups.”

A proficient guitarist, bass player and burgeoning songwriter, Dave’s first break came with the Mayfair Set – one of the top local bands to emerge from the late-’50s British beat boom and whose members included Trevor Burton and Keith Smart, who would go on to join The Move and Wizzard respectively.

Dave’s tenure with acclaimed Brum band, The Ugly’s, brought him to the attention of Move lead singer, Carl Wayne, which in turn led to The Move recording two of his songs: Something became the flipside of the group’s Number One classic Blackberry Way (the first ever record broadcast on BBC Radio 1) and This Time Tomorrow was the B-side of Curly. Dave also penned the huge European hit, Hiroshima, performed by both Wishful Thinking (1969) and later, by Sandra.

He joined iconic Birmingham hard rock outfit, Magnum, as bassist / singer, just as they were starting out in the early 70s.

Dave Scott-Morgan is both ‘Jack’ and ‘master’ of most trades when it comes to making great music…. singer, guitarist, songwriter, band leader and more. “I’ve become a record company and a publisher too. As well as all that I’m down in the boiler room doing my proper job – writing, recording, playing gigs and loving every minute of it! I record all my songs at my home studio, affectionately known as Grimm Doo.” (Dave Scott-Morgan)

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