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Gregory Gray

From: N.IRL

Active: RIP 2019

Style: Pop


Gregory Gray AKA Paul Lerwill joined Rosetta Stone in 1978 as replacement for Ian Mitchell. Following his departure from the band three years later in 1981, he changed his name to Gregory Gray in order to avoid any problems with Private Stock Records, with whom he was still under copyright as a songwriter. He formed Perfect Crime who were active from 1981-86 approx. They released a couple of singles on MCA.

When Perfect Crime split, Gregory embarked on a low key solo career. He decided to keep his adopted name even though the copyright restrictions had long expired nby then. He released three increasinly sophisticated albums between 1986 and 1995 which were largely ignored by the record buying public. The first, "Think Of Swans" (1986) is a continuation of Perfect Crime with elements of synthpop and new wave/new romantic pop/rock. Four years later a second album emerged, "Strong at Broken Places" (1990). This is much more commercial, much more slick and polished, thanks in part to producer Davitt Sigerson, no doubt. Unfortunately it did not active the expected commerical breakthrough and Gray's association with Atco/Atlantic ended. When Davitt Sigerson become an executive at EMI, he offered Gray the opportunity to record another album, this time with a more sympathetic producer, Steven Hague, who'd worked with OMD, New Order and Marc Almond among others. The result was "Euroflake in Silverlake" (1995).

By the late 90s he'd moved to Herfordshire where he lived with his partner. He continued to record. One of his latterday pseudonyms was Mary Cigarettes. He was also active online with his own youtube channel. He died in 2019.


• Books To Read Twice / Unfinished Symphony
7" - CBS Records - A6536 - UK - 1985 - PS

• Strawberries / Johnny Purify
7" - CBS Records - A6782 - UK - 1985 - PS
• Strawberries (12" mix) // Strawberries (7" version) / Johnny Purify / Unfinished Symphony
12" - CBS Records - TX6782 - UK - 1985 - PS

• Sensual / Johnny Purify
7" - CBS Records - A7085 - UK - 1986 - PS

• Think of Swans
LP - CBS - 26655 - 1986 - inner sleeve

• Strong at Broken Places
LP - Atco - 7567 91330-1 - USA - 1991 - 12 tracks
CD - Atco - 91330-2 - USA - 1991 - 14 tracks

• Euroflake in Silverlake
CD - EMI - E21Z - UK - 1995
CD - Capitol - 34358 - USA - 1995


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See Also: Perfect Crime, Rosetta Stone

External Links: www.winteronline.co.uk

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