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It was 1982 when Peter Cox and Richard Drummie first pulled their artistic talents together to form Go West. With only a publishing deal and a porta studio, but lacking a band or record company, Peter and Richard decided, with the help of their manager, John Glover, to find a producer, go into the studio and record two of their songs for themselves. These songs were “We Close Our Eyes” and “Call Me”. Within a matter of days John Glover was negotiating with Chrysalis Records and Go West signed their first record deal.

Their debut single “We Close Our Eyes” was released in 1985 and reached Number Five in the UK charts, and became a Top Ten hit in the USA. The success of “We Close Our Eyes” was followed by three other Top 40 hits - “Call Me”, “Goodbye Girl” and “Don’t Look Down”.

Their debut self-titled album, Go West sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and established the pair not just as a chart force but as one of the great singer/songwriter duos to emerge in the ‘80s. This was followed by their second album Bangs and Crashes which was a double album featuring remixes of the first album and a few live tracks plus “One Way Street” from “Rocky IV”. They became the focus of media attention, gracing magazine covers and making numerous TV appearances. In 1986 they won a BRIT Award for “Best British Newcomer of 1985”.  

Their third album Dancing on The Couch was released in 1987. The singles “True Colours”, “I Want to Hear It From You” and “The King is Dead” were all top thirty hits, and although it didn’t match the success of their debut LP sales, it once again established them as extraordinary songwriters and has become something of a cult collectors’ item.

In 1992 their fourth album Indian Summer was more mellow, justifying more than ever their early description by legendary producer Arif Mardin as “modern Motown”. This album contained their single “The King of Wishful Thinking” the opening song in the hugely successful film “Pretty Woman”. The soundtrack album from this film has sold over ten million copies worldwide. “The King Of Wishful Thinking” received an ASCAP award in 1991 for one of the most-played songs on American radio and “Faithful”, the second single from this album, received similar BMI awards in 1992 and 1993. Several more singles were to follow but none matched the success of the previous two.

Aces and Kings, the album released in 1993, was a collection of their greatest hits, and the single “Tracks of My Tears”, a re-working of Smokey Robinson’s classic, was released from this album and entered the Top 20 singles chart.

In 1994 Peter Cox made the move to Los Angeles where he decided to base himself. That year he recorded his self-titled solo album with EMI Records. He released two singles, “Ain’t Gonna Cry Again”, which reached the top thirty in the UK, and “If You Walk Away”. Peter has continued to live in the States, writing for specific projects and other artists.

In April 2001 Go West released an album, The Best of Go West - Live At The NEC, a concert recorded during their last live tour together in 1993. This contained all their greatest hits performed live in front of a sell-out crowd in Birmingham. The album also included two brand new tracks “All Day, All Night” and “Hangin’ on for Dear Life”, which were their first studio recordings together in seven years.

           

Over the past six years Richard had concentrated on his songwriting and record production and has worked with amongst others, Ritchie Neville, Lena Fiagbe, Robbie Craig, Next Of Kin, 21st Century Girls, Kenny Thomas and Debbie Gibson.

Go West reunited to perform a number of live shows around the UK including two arena tours, the first and second sell-out Here And Now tours, And here began the second chapter in the story of Go West.

           

Go West celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2005 with another sell-out tour of the UK featuring a sell out gig at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where special guests from the past turned up to wish them happy anniversary.

Futurenow was released in the first half of 2007 and is the first studio album in fifteen years. It has been described as “the best work of their already distinguished career.” From it the singles “Let Love Come” and “Only Love” were released. Go West has since been back to Australia for another tour and has continued to tour in the UK. Peter has become the new lead singer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and undertook their European tour in the latter part of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, but wants to make it clear that this is an “aswell off” not “instead off”, and Go West still comes first.

They have also been in the studio recording and writing more new material. Peter’s new solo album, The S1 Sessions, was released in 2010, along with the new Go West single “Skin Deep”, which was co-written by Tony Hadley.

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