To start with, the timing wasn't great. He was born at a truly bad moment, March 1941, when Britain Stood Alone and things looked grim indeed. Later, things picked up. At school, his piano teacher hit him every time he made a mistake, which swiftly led to taking up the ukelele. And then folky guitar stuff. He met a chap at drama school, one David Stuart Chadwick, known to all as Chad. He played better. He also played piano. So, the usual thing... they had a college band for a while, The Jerks. Drama school over, off to be a Proper Actor, to a rep season in Dundee, Scotland. Damn chilly. Then back to conquer London. Bad timing... Equity, the actor's union, is on strike. Thus, call old pal Chad which led to singing in a bar which led to John Barry checking them out and signing them up. Their first effort "Yesterday's Gone" was a minor hit in the UK, but things really took off in the USA where, in the slipstream of The Fabs, anyone with a record and hair was in with a chance.
Success followed. Seven Top Forty hits, it says here. "A Summer Song" is the big one. "Trees swaying in the summer breeze... silver leaves etc." You probably know it.
But now the so-called British Invasion is over; big serious albums are in. Check out The Ark, if that's your thing. Album stiffs, nowadays a big cult number. So, back to England and that acting career. Got v. lucky, v. quickly... BBC series, hit play in the West End, then Broadway. Since then, popping up all over the place on British TV, in the theatre, and occasionally, in films. Lots of hats and facial hair. Lots of period roles. Lots of villains, as well.
But, yesterday hasn't gone yet, it seems, and in the mid 80's they get together again for a bit of touring and recording.
From Write Me A Letter (1993)
"David M Pierce has pursued the typical career path of the aspiring private-eye writer - aluminum company slave, furniture salesman, reporter, truck driver, magazine salesman, stage manager, actor, bartender,and hatcheck girl. He has also written lyrics for Alice Cooper, Chad & Jeremy, and John Entwhistle ,and co-wrote and acted in the musical comedy Captain Crash vs. the Zorg Women, Parts 5 & 6. He is the author of four previous Vic Daniel mysteries: Angels In Heaven, Roses Love Sunshine, Hear The Wind Blow, Dear, and Down In The Valley. Born in Montreal, David M Pierce spent years in London and Los Angeles before settling in Paris."
From Ballads Of A Boulevardier, a volume of verse...
"David Pierce was born the year after the repeal of Prohibition, in Montreal. His first brush with the great came when he offered Oscar Peterson one Canadian dollar to play "Chi Baba, Chi Baba" in the old Alberta lounge. Mr Peterson foolishly declined and soon disappeared from the scene. Later encounters with the famed include the afternoon Gordon MacRae offered him a stick of gum in a New York taxi, the time Joan Collins said "Are you kidding?" to him, and that wonderful morning Zoot [Sims] poured shredded wheat on his head. A modest man, Mr Pierce seldom mentions the lovely Christmas card he received last year from that great gal Annette Funicello. As for his well-documented tete-a-tete with Papa [Hemingway] , well, that's another story, and a terrific one."