Happy Birthday to Paul Gray – born August 1, 1958!
Paul Gray (born in Rochford, Essex, England) was the second, most well known bassist for the Southend-on-Sea teen rockers Eddie and the Hot Rods, scoring several hit singles and albums in the late 1970s, including “Do Anything You Wanna Do”. In early 1980, he was recruited to join the punk rock band The Damned to replace Algy Ward on bass. Gray contributed to two studio albums, The Black Album and Strawberries, but abruptly left the band in February 1983 due to discontent and the desire to do something “different”. After The Damned he joined UFO and remained until their split in 1987 He also sessioned live and on records for artists as diverse as Johnny Thunders, Rob Tyner (MC5) and Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!).
In 1989 Gray was lured back into rejoining The Damned, ostensibly for a one-off UK / US / Japanese reunion tour. For the next eight years these became an annual event, with both Gray and Captain Sensible touring and recording with their own band in-between other commitments, with Gray also reforming Eddie & the Hot Rods for one album, Goline Days, for which he contributed the songwriting, and supported the album with several tours in the UK and Germany.