David Van Day

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David Van Day
Birth nameDavid Paul Day
Born (1956-11-28) 28 November 1956 (age 62)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • politician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1975–present
Associated acts

David Van Day (born David Paul Day, 28 November 1956) is an English singer, songwriter, and politician, who was formerly a member of the pop vocal duo Dollar. He was also a member of the 1970s vocal group Guys 'n' Dolls (along with his Dollar partner Thereza Bazar), and a latter-day lineup of Bucks Fizz briefly in the 1990s.

Biography[edit]

Van Day was born David Paul Day on 28 November 1956 in Brighton, Sussex, England. Having been a member of song and dance troupe The Young Generation,[1] in 1974, he successfully auditioned for the then-new vocal group Guys 'n' Dolls. The group had some successful hits, and Van Day began a romantic relationship with bandmate Thereza Bazar. Keen to embark on a solo career, Van Day was sacked from the band along with Bazar in 1977.

Van Day and Bazar then decided to perform together, and formed a new duo, Dollar. The band recorded and toured from 1978 to 1983, then again from 1986 to 1988. They had several top ten hits in the UK, including "Love's Gotta Hold on Me" and "Give Me Back My Heart". He also had a brief solo career as a movie actor, appearing as a devious handyman in Michael Armstrong's 1983 horror anthology film Screamtime, opposite Dora Bryan and Jean Anderson. After a final top ten hit "O L'amour" in 1988, Dollar split for a second time, bringing their recording career to an end. Bazar left the music industry and moved to Australia.

In the early-mid 1990s, Van Day toured as Dollar with a succession of female singers. In the late 1990s he joined one incarnation of the pop group Bucks Fizz, with original Bucks Fizz member Mike Nolan. With both of these acts he recorded and released some budget-priced CDs of re-recorded hits. Neither sold well and the Bucks Fizz tracks received widespread criticism from fans.[2]

In 2003 Van Day (with Bazar) competed in the ITV1 reality show Reborn in the USA; he was the first act voted off. He caused controversy during the show, accusing producers of biased editing,[3] and arguing with singer and fellow contestant Sonia,[4] accusing her of "being crafty and cunning to try to save her own skin".[5]

In 2008, Van Day was a semi-finalist on the eighth series of British reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! (Series 8 UK),[6] finishing in fourth place. During his time in the jungle he clashed with glamour model Nicola McLean.[7] Before going into I'm a Celebrity Van Day underwent plastic surgery in a Living TV documentary called Pop Goes the Band, in which he featured with Thereza Bazar.[citation needed]

Van Day hosted the eleven-part reality series Brides on a Bus on Wedding TV.[8] He also briefly appeared in the series Celebrity Coach Trip on Channel 4, and was interviewed with wife Sue Moxley on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Politics[edit]

In May 2007, Van Day stood as a Conservative candidate for Brighton & Hove City Council in the East Brighton ward, but neither he nor the other two Conservative candidates were successful in gaining a seat,[9] after he had allegedly made some homophobic remarks which were much criticised in the town which has a large homosexual population.[10]

In 2018, Van Day stood for a seat on Thurrock council in Aveley and Uplands Ward as a Conservative.[11] The election was won by Cllr Tim Aker MEP.[12] In 2019, Cllr Aker resigned and Van Day won the subsequent by-election.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Van Day was involved in a relationship with Dollar co-star Thereza Bazar for several years in the 1970s.[10] The relationship ended in the early 1980s, and Van Day later married a model called Maria. The couple divorced but have two daughters, Olivia (Born 1992) and Amber (Born 1994).[citation needed] Having initially ended his relationship with her on the Channel 5 TV show The Wright Stuff,[14] Van Day later married the beauty editor for The Sun, Sue Moxley,[15] in Orsett, Essex, on 21 February 2010.[16] They currently live together in South Ockendon, Essex.

During the early 2000s Van Day operated a burger van with his best friend Les Cole in Brighton earning him the nickname "Burger Van Day"[17]

On 31 October 2016 it was reported in the Sun newspaper that Van Day had suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Queen's Hospital in Romford, England where a stent was fitted [18] and he was kept in under observation.[19]

Solo discography[edit]

  • 1983 – "Young Americans Talking" (UK No. 43)
  • 1985 – "Ringing the Bell"
  • 1989 – "She Said, She Said"
  • 2000 – "A Fistful of Dollar"
  • 2008 – "Biff Baff Boff" (with Timmy Mallett as “Croc Idol”)
  • 2009 – "A Big Ship on The Mersey"

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Young Generation (Musical Dance Troupe)
  2. ^ "Bucks Fizz Early Years". Bucksfizztheearlyyears.yuku.com. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ Dave Van G'Day For Oz Daily Star (United Kingdom)
  4. ^ Sonia is reborn in Butlins Sunday Mirror, 6 April 2003, Ben Dowell
  5. ^ Pack your bags, cowboy Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine LowCulture.co.uk
  6. ^ I'm A Celebrity Latest News Archived 19 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine Celebrity.ITV.com
  7. ^ David Van Day goes under the knife on TV Daily Mail
  8. ^ Brides on a Bus WeddingTV.com
  9. ^ Brighton and Hove Council – 2007 Local Election Results (East Brighton)
  10. ^ a b 'I hope that awful vain man swallows a worm and chokes on it': I'm A Celebrity star David Van Day's Dollar bandmate lets rip Daily Mail, 3 December 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ "David Van Day to stand in Thurrock Council election". BBC News. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Declaration of Poll Result" (PDF). Thurrock Council. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Declaration of Poll Result" (PDF). Thurrock Council. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Watch David Van Day dump his girlfriend on live TV". The Guardian. London. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Home". Suemoxleybeauty.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  16. ^ "David Van Day Online". Davidvanday.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Matt meets David Van Day". The Scottish Sun. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Dollar singer David Van Day 'doing fine' after heart attack". Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  19. ^ "David Van Day suffers heart attack". Retrieved 31 October 2016.

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