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Gary Glitter
A black-haired man with a hairy chest, wearing a shiny jacket open to the waist, with large lapels, smiles towards the camera.
Glitter in March 1974
Paul Francis Gadd

(1944-05-08) 8 May 1944 (age 79)
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Other names
  • Paul Raven
  • Rubber Bucket[1]
  • Paul Monday[2]
  • Paul Russell[3]
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1960–2005
Criminal statusImprisoned
Ann Murton
(m. 1963; div. 1972)
Criminal charge
  • Possession of child pornography
  • child sexual abuse
  • attempted rape of minors
Penalty16 years in prison
Musical career
  • Glam rock
  • rock and roll
  • pop rock
  • hard rock
  • disco
DiscographyGary Glitter discography
  • Decca
  • Bell
  • MCA
  • EMI
  • Polydor
  • GTO
  • Epic
  • Arista
  • Stiff
  • Castle Communications
  • Virgin
  • Attitude
  • Snapper Music
  • Machmain Ltd

Paul Francis Gadd (born 8 May 1944), better known by his stage name Gary Glitter, is an English former singer who achieved fame and success during the 1970s and 1980s. His career ended after he was convicted of downloading child pornography in 1999. He was also convicted of child sexual abuse in 2006 and a series of sexual offences (including attempted rape) in 2015.

After performing under the name Paul Raven during the 1960s, Gadd changed his stage name to Gary Glitter in the early 1970s and had a sustained solo career with his hits "Rock and Roll (Parts 1 and 2)", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", "I Love You Love Me Love", "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)", and "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again". He became known for his energetic live performances and glam rock persona of glitter suits, make-up, and platform boots. He has sold over 20 million records and had 26 hit singles, which spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, with 12 reaching the top 10 and three of those charting at number one.[4] Touch Me (1973) is Glitter's best-selling album, peaking at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart. As of 2001, he was listed in the top 100 most successful UK chart acts.[5] His popularity waned during the late 1970s, and was followed by a successful comeback as a solo artist in the 1980s; his 1984 song "Another Rock and Roll Christmas" was one of the most played Christmas songs of all time.[6] In 1998, his recording of "Rock and Roll" was listed as one of the top 1,001 songs in music history.[7] He also released seven studio albums and at least 15 albums of compilations and live performances.

BBC News described Glitter's fall from grace as "dramatic" and "spectacular".[8] He was arrested in 1997 and convicted and imprisoned in 1999 for downloading thousands of child pornography images and videos.[9] He was acquitted of a charge of sexual activity with an underage girl in the 1970s. He later faced criminal charges and deportation from several countries in connection with both actual and suspected child sexual abuse. He was deported from Cambodia on suspected child sexual abuse charges in 2002 and settled in Vietnam, where a court found him guilty of obscene acts with minors in 2006.[10] After serving his sentence, he was deported to the UK and was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life. In 2012, he was arrested again as part of Operation Yewtree.[11] He was released on bail, and was charged in 2014 with historical child sex offences. In 2015, he was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault;[12][13] he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.[14] He was released on licence in February 2023 after serving half of his sentence in prison,[15] but recalled to prison in March of the same year after breaching the conditions of his licence.[16] In 2015, Glitter was described by music journalist Alexis Petridis as a "public hate figure".[17] Episodes of the music show Top of the Pops featuring his performances are no longer repeated.

He was eligible for parole in February 2024, but this was denied him as the parole panel "was not satisfied that release at this point would be safe for the protection of the public".[18]

  1. ^ Giulio D'Agostino (January 2001). Glam Musik: British Glam Music '70 History. iUniverse. pp. 201–. ISBN 978-0-595-16563-6.
  2. ^ Crouse, R. (2000). Big Bang, Baby: Rock Trivia. Dundurn. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-4597-1878-4. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Profile: Gary Glitter". BBC News. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ " UK Singles Chart runs". Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  5. ^ Giulio D'Agostino (1 January 2001). Glam Musik: British Glam Music '70 History. iUniverse. pp. 199–. ISBN 978-0-595-16563-6.
  6. ^ Dave Simpson (14 December 2006). "Christmas without Glitter?". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  7. ^ Marsh, Dave (7 May 1999). The Heart of Rock & Soul. ISBN 9780306809019. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Profile: Gary Glitter". BBC News. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Glitter jailed over child porn". BBC News. 12 November 1999. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  10. ^ "Glitter jailed for abusing girls". BBC News. 3 March 2006.
  11. ^ Andrew Hough (28 October 2012). "Jimmy Savile investigation: Gary Glitter arrested on 'sexual offences'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for sexual assault of three schoolgirls". The Guardian. 27 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Glitter guilty of abusing girls". BBC News. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years". BBC News. 27 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Gary Glitter 'freed from prison' after serving half of sentence for abusing girls". Sky News. 3 February 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  16. ^ "Gary Glitter: Paedophile former pop star recalled to prison". BBC News. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  17. ^ Alexis Petridis (1 March 2015). "The Gary Glitter fans who still follow the leader". The Guardian.
  18. ^ "Disgraced singer Gary Glitter refused jail release". BBC News. 7 February 2024.

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