3rd September 2022
Saturday 3rd September 2022
Peter Cox met Richard Drummie in 1974 and played him a demo tape. Richard liked what he heard and so began their continuing friendship and collaboration. In 1982 they signed a publishing deal as songwriters ëCox and Drummieí. They approached several record companies without success, but with the help of manager John Glover they secured some studio time and recorded their first two singles ëWe Close Our Eyesí and ëCall Meí and renamed themselves Go West. Within a matter of days of completion of these tracks, John was negotiating with Chrysalis Records and Go West finally had a record deal.
ëWe Close Our Eyesí was released in the spring of 1985. It reached number 5 in the UK charts and became a top 10 hit in the USA. This success was followed by three further UK top 10 hits ñ ëCall Meí, ëGoodbye Girlí and ëDonít Look Downí. The album ëGo Westí sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and remained on the UK chart for 83 weeks, establishing them as one of the greatest songwriting duos to emerge in the 80ís. In 1986 they won the BRIT Award for ëBest British Newcomerí ñ the one BRIT which is decided by the listening public.
In 1992 their third album ëIndian Summerí was released. Written and recorded in California, it further justified legendary producer Arif Mardinís early description of Go West as ëmodern Motowní. ëIndian Summerí included the single ëKing Of Wishful Thinkingí, the opening song in the hugely successful film ëPretty Womaní. The filmís soundtrack has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. ëKing Of Wishful Thinkingí received ASCAP awards in 1991 and 1992 as one of the most played songs on American radio. ëFaithfulí, the second single from the album, received similar BMI Awards in 1992 and 1993.
Following Peterís success on the TV series ëReborn In The USAí he, Go West and Tony Hadley performed together on a 60 date UK tour in 2004.