Neil Christian

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Neil Christian
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Neil Christian in the Dutch television program Popzien, 8 June 1973
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Tidmarsh
Born(1943-02-14)14 February 1943
Hoxton, London, England
Died4 January 2010(2010-01-04) (aged 66)
GenresRock and Roll
Years active1960s
Associated actsThe Crusaders

Neil Christian (born Christopher Tidmarsh, 14 February 1943[1] – 4 January 2010)[2] was an English singer. Christian had a solo hit single in 1966, when "That's Nice" (written by Miki Dallon), reached Number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] He remains, however, a one-hit wonder. Follow-up singles "Oops" and "Two at a Time" never reached the charts. He was born Hoxton, East London.[2]


Neil Christian and the Crusaders are one of the British rock and roll bands of the 1960s. They were signed to the Strike record label.

In the early 1960s Jimmy Page was asked to join The Crusaders.[2] Page toured with Christian for approximately two years, and later played on several of his records, including their November 1962 single, "The Road to Love" / "The Big Beat Drum", released on Columbia and produced by Joe Meek under his RGM Sound imprint. At various times the band included Albert Lee and Alex Dmochowski, who later joined Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation.[4]

When most of the line-up left to join Lord Sutch's Savages in 1965, Christian took on members of Luton Band The Hustlers, including Mick Abrahams,[citation needed] although in 1966 a touring version of The Crusaders was put together to promote the hit single "That's Nice" which consisted of Tony Marsh piano (b. Anthony Marsh, 1946); Tornado Evans drums; Ritchie Blackmore guitar; and Bibi Blange bass.[4] Further singles failed to reach the charts, however, and Christian moved to Germany, where he remained popular.[4]

In 1971, Christian took on the management of Crushed Butler[2] who changed their name to Tiger. Christian got them into recording studios both in Wembley, and Tooting, London, where he produced them.

Everything Christian released between 1962 and 1968 has been reissued on the CD compilation, That's Nice, which also added several unreleased recordings from the same era.[1]

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  1. ^ a b biography by Richie Unterberger
  2. ^ a b c d - accessed December 2010
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 105. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b c Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p112

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