Monday, March 21, 2011

New Oldies - Dave Sampson And The Hunters - Easy To Dream

David John 'Dave' Sampson was born on January 9, 1941 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England.  Today's New Oldie offering is a song he did on Columbia (UK) 4625 in 1961 called Easy To Dream. This did not appear on any charts and was probably not played on the radio anywhere. However, one listen and you'll probably wonder how it managed to be overlooked!

He's officially a One-Hit Wonder in the UK, having just one chart hit with a song called Sweet Dreams on Columbia (UK), which peaked at #29 over there in May 1960, but nowhere else in the world. His very first record was a 4-song EP demo from an unnamed band with co-vocalist Steve Laine, who later became a member of the Liverpool Five.  He made a total of five singles and one EP in 1960-1962, mostly in the style of Cliff Richards And The Shadows or Ricky Nelson, with a Hawaiian-surf feel in the soft guitar echo. He even dabbled in the Rockabilly style on a couple of tracks.  As a matter of fact, it was Cliff Richards who helped Dave Sampson get his contract with EMI Records. Cliff Richards was the "Elvis of the UK." But it will require another blog post to tell you the complete story about him!


  1. I like the early british pop songs this song "easy to dream" from Dave Sampson sounds a bit like cliff richard but it is very nice.
    I also like the early Helen Shapiro, Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Diecki Pride and others. When I was young I never heard of them here in Germany.
    But times have changed and you can hear everything what you want by internet.This is a nice site for oldies.
    Peter Newman

  2. Very sad news to hear about Dave Sampson. I new him from the 60's.he went to the Contemporary club in Walthamstow, it was at my mother in law Rose Finesilver. I send my condolences to his family. Rest in peace. Janet Grossman.(Finesilver) xx

    1. So sorry to hear this news. Thank you for letting us know, Janet. Now, it appears, he has earned a page in Wikipedia, and it tells us that a CD is available with all of his music.

  3. Here is more news about the passing of Dave Sampson.