Gonna Make You a Star

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"Gonna Make You A Star" was a pop music recording by David Essex. Written by David Essex and produced by Jeff Wayne, "Gonna Make You a Star" was Essex's first number-one single in the UK Singles Chart, spending three weeks at the top in November 1974. It peaked at #105 on the Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. [1] The record featured prominent use of the synthesizer.

In 2007, the song was released again by Lee Mead, winner of the Any Dream Will Do BBC One TV competition, which was then shown in the spring of 2009 in the US on BBC America; Mead then starred in the title role for 18 months in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. British comedian Peter Kay had his character Marc Park release "Gonna Make You a Star" as his first single after winning the fictional Talent Trek competition in his 2000 Channel 4 spoof documentary series That Peter Kay Thing.

Essex's song was also featured in his jukebox musical, All the Fun of the Fair.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 307. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
Preceded by
"Everything I Own" by Ken Boothe
UK number one single
16 November 1974 for three weeks
Succeeded by
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White