Wilde World: Steve Cassidy

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

English singer Steve Cassidy started his career in 1958, opening for Cliff Richard. He participated in the talent show ‘New faces’, and won the competition no less than three times.

On August 30, 1963, Steve Cassidy released his debut single ‘Ecstasy’. The track was written by an impressive trio: the record label’s New York rep Buddy Kaye (who wrote hits for Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and Pat Boone, among others), Mike Pratt (Lionel Bart’s co-writer) and Marty Wilde, using his pseudonym Frere Manston. Through Cassidy’s contact with the family, the song was produced by John Barry at a studio in London. It didn’t make the Top Ten, although it was a hit in Greece.

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