I Pretend – Des O’Connor (1968)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, I Pretend by Des O’Connor. The record was released in 1968, on the Columbia record label and has been reworked into the shape of a loving couple embraced as if in a slow dance.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: I Pretend
Media Artist/s: Des O’Connor
Record Label: Columbia
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1960s
Genre: Pop / Ballard

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Additional information about this Des O’Connor vinyl art.

Des O’Connor – The Artist

Desmond Bernard O’Connor, CBE (1932 – 2020) was an English comedian, singer and television presenter. He was a long-time TV chat-show host, and presenter of long-running Channel 4 game show Countdown for two years. He recorded 36 albums and had four top-ten singles, including a number-one hit with “I Pretend”, with global sales of more than sixteen million records. He recorded 36 albums, five of which reached the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart.  Des O’Connor appeared with Morecambe and Wise on several of their Christmas Shows. He worked with many pop stars, including Adam Faith, Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, and Cilla Black. He toured with Buddy Holly (during Holly’s 1958 stay in Britain) and Jason Donovan. He recorded four top 10 singles – including “The Skye Boat Song”, a 1986 duet with Roger Whittaker. His singing ability was often parodied on The Morecambe & Wise Show, with O’Connor taking part in the sketches.

I Pretend – The Song

‘I Pretend’ is a song written by Barry Mason and Les Reed. Des O’Connor’s recording of this track became a number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart in July 1968, and a number-one hit in Ireland the same month. His version was released in the United States on Diamond Records; however, it failed to chart.

The Happy Couple – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a loving couple locked in a passionate embrace as if dancing. Inspired by the song in which the lyrics reflect on how the singer dreams of being with the one he loves.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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