Arnold, which became a hit in England. Korda moved between two career paths, as a producer at EMI and a musician and recording artist in his own right, for much of the late '60s, even as he squeezed in a stint in the original London cast of Hair (in which he sang "Electric Blues"), alongside future British pop star Marsha Hunt. Korda was a man of many parts during this period — though working in theater and playing rock music, he retained his mid-'60s folkie's orientation about social issues, and became a prominent protest singer, stepping out in front on subjects such as the treatment of England's pension recipients. He was sufficiently well-connected musically so that when he cut his first album, Passing Stranger, in 1971, he was backed up by the likes of Chris Spedding and Madeline Bell.
Unfortunately, the album was pulled soon after release due to a claim (unfounded as it turned out) that Immediate still had him under contract. It ultimately took Korda three years to win his fight with Immediate Records.By the time he was free to record on his own, music had moved on well past the 1960s, and Korda might well have found himself forgotten. Luckily, he was approached by Roger Daltrey of the Who, who was about to record his first solo album. Daltrey was also one of the members of the Who who was not self-sufficient in the songwriting department, and Korda ultimately placed three songs on Daltrey's Ride a Rock Horse album, which made the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic.
He also resumed performing with an odd gig at New York's The Other End, where he did exceptionally well in a week-long engagement with Daryl Pettiford after a chance review in Variety. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles and restarted his recording career on the Janus label, and enjoyed a huge broadcast hit with the song "Manhattan" off of his album Dancing in the Aisles. The record label went bankrupt not long after, however, and over the next few years Korda's biggest successes would come as a songwriter, and getting his work placed in various venues, including television. During the 1980s, he had a small role in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, and also worked on albums with Alan Holdsworth and Jack Bruce.
He has since resumed his commitment to dealing with social issues, this time in the context of urban America, and also continued writing songs, as well as one musical, Coming To, which addresses aspects of psychic life in the post-9/11 world. And he has continued to dabble in acting, portraying the Governor's dignitary in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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