'You get a few - very few - moments in your life when suddenly something happens and you know
immediately that things will never be the same again. I had such an epiphany. I was thirteen on an undercover schoolboy mission to explore Soho, when we heard some killer music coming out of a club. What I found in there altered everything I felt and knew about myself, and about my future. It rearranged my very DNA.
The band playing on stage completely blew me away. The atmosphere and energy were just incredible. I would never have thought it possible, but suddenly I couldn't care less about the West Ham youth team or becoming a footballer.
This was rhythm blues as it should be played: rich and strong and loud and powerful. It seemed to touch my very soul. I wanted to be a part of it. Yes - the drums. They were the foundation, the rock for this thrilling, explosive racket. That was my future settled, then: I was going to be a blues drummer...'
Well, that's how it all started. But the future held crazy, unimaginable fame and undreamt of adventure for David Essex. From Godspell to EastEnders, it's been an amazing life. And here is the full, incredible story - in his own words.show more