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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Post 298 - William Shakespeare - Can't Stop Myself From Loving You LP

In November 1974, Shakespeare released his debut album, "Can't Stop Myself from Loving You" (475608 2) here for you to download, produced by Vanda & Young for Albert Productions. His second single, "My Little Angel" followed in December and peaked at #1 for three weeks in February 1975. Shakespeare appeared on teen orientated Countdown in his glam rock costume numerous times. The two singles and album were followed by two more singles, "Just the Way You Are" in April and "Last Night" in May 1976, but he had no further Top 50 charting successes. In 1975 Cave was convicted of carnal knowledge with a fifteen-year-old girl from his Melbourne fan club, he received two years probation. He left Albert Productions in 1977 and had no further recordings and his pop music career was over due to his conviction and changes in music styles. In 1978, Shakespeare, who had an alcohol addiction and clinical depression, was treated with Deep Sleep Therapy by Dr Harry Bailey at the Chelmsford Private Hospital for three weeks. From 1979 he performed as Billy Shake in Sydney clubs but generated little income. His alcoholism and mental health issues resulted in living on the street for several years until he was rescued by former Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison who arranged accommodation and financial assistance for him. Today we say goodbye to William Shakespeare, may he finally find peace. RIP John Cave.
Update: William Shakespeare died from a heart attack. His funeral will be held in Sydney on Friday October 15, 2010.

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