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Gary Glitter Biography

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Birth Name: Paul Francis Gadd
Born: 1944/05/08
Birth Place: Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Years Active: 1960–2000
Genres: Glam Rock, Rock And Roll, Pop

Gary Glitter is the stage name of Paul Francis Gadd (born 8 May 1944), an English glam rock singer and songwriter.

Glitter first came to prominence in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. He had a long solo UK chart run during the 1970s, with several hits including "Rock and Roll parts 1 & 2", "I Love You Love Me Love", "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" and "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again". Between 1972 and 1995 Glitter charted twenty-six hit singles which spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Top 100. He continued to record in the 1980s and 1990s, with his 1984 song "Another Rock N' Roll Christmas" being one of the Top 30 Christmas hits of all time. He released seven studio albums, and at least 15 greatest hits collections or live albums. In 1998, his recording of "Rock and Roll" was listed as one of the "Top 1001 songs in music history."

In the late 1990s Glitter returned to public attention due to his conviction for possession of child pornography in the United Kingdom, and subsequent conviction in Vietnam for committing obscene acts with minors.