18 top 20 singles, 4 top 10 albums, 1 Ivor Novello Award & a multitude of fans world-wide...Ladies and Gentlemen it’s the founder member, singer-songwriter & original talent behind ALL the EAST 17 hits, TONY MORTIMER.
Way back in 1991, thrust blurry-eyed and blinking into the Walthamstow twilight, Tony Mortimer had little idea that his particular brand of rabble-rousing boy-band pop would create such a storm. Indeed, prior to that, a young Mortimer had been on the verge of signing a solo deal with London Records until ex-Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins suggested that what the world needed was a boy-band antidote to Take That and a band that bad girls could fall in love with. The result inevitably became East 17 although what Mortimer says now is that he really thought the world needed a UK version of New Kids On The Block and when you think about it this is not a million miles away from the truth. The ensuing chaos produced a 1992 debut single, House Of Love, which sold 600,000 copies and a debut album that hit the No.1 spot the following year. East 17 went on to achieve 18 Top Twenty hits (including Deep, Steam, Let It Rain, It’s Alright and the epic Christmas No.1 ballad Stay Another Day, the latter remaining No.1 for five weeks and earning Mortimer an Ivor Novello Award) as well as four Top Ten albums and sales of over twenty million records.