Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow
In 1975, David wrote the major global hit song ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ for Barry Manilow, one of the world’s best selling artists. ‘Can’t Smile Without You‘ has become a pop standard and covered by numerous artists including The Carpenters and Engelbert Humperdinck to name a few. This song also featured in three major films: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Starsky and Hutch, and Hellboy II.
Ivor Novello & BMI Awards
David was awarded the most prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Songwriting for ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, in addition to three BMI Awards in America (for a record 3 million airplays of the song– an accreditation that seals it firmly in the category of one of only 20 songs to do so in the US).
The James Last Orchestra
From 1979 to 1982 David also sang in the choir for The James Last Orchestra, entertaining followers around the world, the first of his forays back to his great love – singing.
Silky Smooth Moments Album
David has continued writing, performing and singing alongside numerous other performers both on the stage and in the studio. From performing live with Louisa Parry at the New End Theatre in Hampstead (singing all of his favourite hits that had featured so much in his early singing career), to recording with Producer Graham Noon (supported by the Terry Coffey Trio), he has a great love of American Songbook classics that has continued throughout his music career.
David continues to be inspired by the very best singers- Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, and Dean Martin, who all possess a unique brand of individuality in sound and phrasing. On his latest album ‘Silky Smooth Moments’, he flies the flag for these irresistible songs whilst creating his own sound. He also enjoys touring with his new show which you can book here at Atrium Talent (for show details see top of page).