On August 6th 2012, 10cc legend Graham Gouldman
will release 'Love And Work', his first new solo album in 12 years.
Dedicated to his former Wax partner Andrew Gold, with whom he recorded
four albums between 1984 and 1996, 'Love And Work' is Gouldman's first
solo album since 2000's 'And Another Thing'.
'Love And Work' includes the recently acclaimed single 'Daylight', which
was written about Gold, as Gouldman explains, "I was in the middle
of a songwriting session with the song's co-writer and producer Chris
Braide and I started talking about my dear friend Andrew, who passed away
in June 2011. The idea struck us that we should write about him. I am
so happy to have written this and have dedicated my new album to Andrew's
Gold also appears on the album, playing piano and Dobro on the track 'Cryin'
In a career spanning almost five decades, Gouldman is renowned as one
of the UK's finest songwriters. Having penned The Yardbirds 1965 hit 'For
Your Love', Gouldman's songwriting career was up-and running. Gouldman
would then go on to write 'Heart Full of Soul' and 'Evil Hearted You'
for The Yardbirds, before writing the hits 'Look Through Any Window' and
'Bus Stop' for The Hollies, 'No Milk Today' and 'Listen People' for Herman's
Hermits, 'Pamela, Pamela' for Wayne Fontana and 'Tallyman' for Jeff Beck.
In between writing more hit songs, the late '60s saw Graham spend time
in New York writing and recording for the Kasenetz-Katz hit factory and
invest with Eric Stewart in Strawberry Studios, Stockport.
Back in the UK, after his spell in New York, Graham decided to get future
10cc collaborators Eric, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme together to complete
the Kasenetz-Katz recordings. The four of them then produced and played
on two Neil Sedaka albums, 'The Tra La Days Are Over' and 'Solitaire',
both of which were recorded and produced at Strawberry Studios.
In 1972, 10cc was officially born, keeping Gouldman occupied for the next
decade with world-wide hits such as 'Donna', 'The Wall Street Shuffle',
'Rubber Bullets', 'I'm Mandy, Fly Me', 'Art For Art's Sake', 'The Dean
and I', 'Life Is A Minestrone', 'I'm Not In Love', 'Good Morning Judge',
'The Things We Do For Love', and 'Dreadlock Holiday'.
Taking a break from 10cc in the early
'80s, Graham formed Wax with American singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, releasing
four albums between 1984 and 1996 and enjoying the UK hit 'Bridge To Your
In between touring, Gouldman has also written songs with the likes of
Gary Barlow, Tim Rice, Paul Carrack, Chris Difford, Suggs and the late
Kirsty MacColl, as well as spending time in Nashville writing with, among
others, Country Songwriter of the Year Gary Burr. Gouldman also co-wrote
with McFly for their No 1 album 'Wonderland'.
In addition, 2006 saw Graham and Kevin Godley reunite to write & record
for the first time in 30 years under the moniker GG06.
Talking about 'Love And Work', Gouldman said, "When I had sequenced
and listened to the album I realised, that in the most part, I had taken
my own musical trip down memory lane accompanied by the two most important
things in my life, Love and Work."