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Even given the low standards of pre-Beatles British rock, Dave Sampson was a marginal figure. This 20-track compilation is the definitive document for the curious, with both sides of all five of his singles, all four tracks from his EP, and six unreleased outtakes and demos, including a demo of his sole hit, "Sweet Dreams." Occasional cuts like "I've Got a Crush On You" and "Don't Fool Around" aren't bad early Cliff Richard facsimiles, but the rest is pretty dismissable, especially the gawpy teen idol-type efforts.


Born: 09 January 1941

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Dave Sampson & the Hunters made five singles and an EP in the early '60s that were very much in the Cliff Richard & the Shadows mold, with their imitation of the tamer elements of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson, as well as the cleanly echoing, almost surf-Hawaiian sound of the guitars. The Richard comparison did not arise from coincidence, as Sampson got his EMI contract with Richard's help. Sampson's debut single, "Sweet Dreams," got into the British Top 30 in 1960, but none of his subsequent efforts...
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