Monday, September 26, 2016


1936 - 2016
September 25th 2016 would have been the 80th birthday of Stu Stevens, one of the greatest country music singers Britain has ever produced.  Sadly Stu didn’t make it to his 80th birthday.  He died in Chesterfield, England a few weeks ago from complications of pneumonia and heart failure at the age of 79.  He leaves behind some of the best songs ever committed to tape by a home-grown artist.
Stu rarely gave interviews, but at his heyday in 1981, he spoke with Stuart Cameron in an exclusive interview on BBC Radio Oxford.  As far as we know this was the only interview from his recording days with MCA, Young Blood and his own Eagle label that survived.
In 1969 he was signed to Columbia Records under the name STUART STEVENS.  “Soft Is The Night” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios featuring the world famous Norrie Paramor Orchestra.
The Mid 1970s saw his career take off with visits to America to play The Grand Ole Opry and meetings with Elvis Presley and John Wayne inspired him to greater things. His singles on Young Blood Records were also released in America, guaranteeing him airplay.
In 1979 he released an Even Stevens/Shel Silverstein song on his own Eagle label called “The Man From Outer Space” and after Radio 2 DJ Terry Wogan picked up on it, MCA came calling and released it as a single as well as an album of the same name.  It got into the lower reaches of the British chart and from then on he became known as "The Voice", for obvious reasons.
At the time he was touring the UK with a full orchestra, famously selling out the Apollo Theatre in Oxford, and one of the songs from the live recording became an instant radio hit – his version of “The Old Rugged Cross.”   Albums like “Stu” and “Emma & I” were among his best ever work coming out of his own studio in mid England. He was a perfectionist, and knew what sound he wanted – a sound that would capture his deep voice perfectly.
In the 80s he would experiment with different material – he even released “Cowboy In Paris”, a much sought after disco record which did well on the continent – and a few novelty tracks including a traditional ditty called “Dream It Back,” which was his final delve into the singles market in 1986.
After that the success went away as far as the music was concerned.  He was coming to terms with personal tragedy with the death of one of his sons, Stephen, in 1984 at a very early age, and soon after his wife Daphne.  Stephen's brother and Stu's older son Stuart used to back him on stage and were a big part of his shows from the time they were seven and ten years of age.
He retreated to his other love, sheep farming, and settled down with his new wife Elizabeth, who was with him for some 25 years and by his side at his death on June 13, 2016. During those years Stevens continued to write the music he loved, as well as working to release his book "Lalla" in 2015.
Before he died he went back into the studio recording covers and original songs and brought out an album called “Still Standing.”  He got the bug back again and made two further albums as well as a gospel collection, and an old video of him performing live was re-discovered.  The rare video was dusted off and re-mastered and it came out as a DVD.
But it’s his collection of greatest recordings, “The Voice”, which captured the magic of the great man in his heyday back in the 1970s and 1980s, and his music is sure to stand the test of time. Quite simply Stu Stevens was one of the unsung heroes of the music business, never getting the true recognition he deserved, but when his music is re-assessed in the future his remarkable voice is sure to reveal to many that he was one of the greatest singers not only in British country music, but in any genre of music.
A three-time recipient of Male Vocal of Year, Stu's return to the music world and his hard work paid off on November 23, 2014 when he was inducted into the "BCMA" Music Hall of Fame. (BPP expresses thanks for Obituary Contributed by Stuart Cameron/ HOTDISC Top 40 Uk)

(As the family continues to mourn in private, and appreciates and thanks you for your kind expressions of love, it is their request that all Condolences be directed to either email address listed here:)  or
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Anne Blake for Country Music News International
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