Elliott MurphyRock | 2018
Born in Rockville Centre, New York, to a show-business family in 1949, singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy grew up in nearby Garden City and began playing guitar at age 12. His music career took off when his band, The Rapscallions, won the New York State Battle of the Bands in 1966. This was followed by a troubadour-like odyssey in Europe for Murphy, who played on the streets in Amsterdam, Paris and Rome (he had a bit part in Federico Fellini’s film Roma). Returning to the U.S., Murphy quickly secured a recording contract and, in 1973, released his ground-breaking first album Aquashow, which was later declared an album classic by the UK’s prestigious Uncut magazine. Following the critical success of Aquashow came, in quick succession, Lost Generation (produced by Doors producer Paul Rothschild), Night Lights (featuring Billy Joel), Just a Story From America (featuring Phil Collins and Mick Taylor) and many others albums. Murphy, also a published author, lives in Paris, France.