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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gary Glitter is now barely recognisable from the brash, ebullient star of 1970s glam rock.

Gary Glitter is now barely recognisable from the brash, ebullient star of 1970s glam rock.

In his prime, Glitter had enormous stage presence, his diminutive 5ft 6in given considerable stature with the addition of giant platform heels and inflated hair.

He sold 18 million records in five years in the early '70s and enjoyed transatlantic success with a string of raucous rock hits.

His breakthrough hit, Rock And Roll (Parts One And Two), reached the top 10 in both the US and UK and in the following years Gadd proved his songwriting and performing talent by returning to the top of the charts.

The glam era was bright but short, and as it fizzled out Glitter found himself divorced, bankrupt and struggling with alcohol abuse. His retirement came as no surprise.

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