A short-lived English folk rock band, Longdancer were best remembered as the first professional band to feature David A. Stewart (b. 9 September 1952, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, England). The group grew out of a folk duo comprising Stewart and Brian Harrison, formerly with the London-based band Ball Of Yarn. The pair played clubs and support gigs in the north east of England and in 1971 recorded an EP for the local Multichord label. Soon afterwards they added further singer/guitarists Steve Sproxton and Kai Olsson and became Longdancer. In 1973, they became the first artists to sign to Elton John’s Rocket label, touring with John before Olsson left to be replaced by Matt Irving (keyboards) and Charlie Smith (drums). The new line-up made a second album and released an unsuccessful single, ‘Puppet Man’ in 1974. Shortly afterwards, Longdancer split up. Kai Olsson made a 1979 solo album for Chrysalis Records (Crazy Love) while Harrison and Smith played with folk singers Robin and Barry Dransfield before Smith joined Blue. Irving recorded with Philip Rambow before joining the Lords Of The New Church in the 80s. In 1977, Stewart would form the Tourists and in 1981, with Annie Lennox, the highly successful Eurythmics.
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