Donald Eric Partridge was an English singerand songwriter, known as the "king of the buskers".
He performed from the early 1960s as a busker and one-man band, and achieved unexpected commercial success in the UK in the late 1960s with the songs "Rosie" and "Blue Eyes". Record company executive Don Paul, previously of rock and roll group The Viscounts, then won him a recording contract with Columbia Records. His debut recording of his own song, "Rosie", reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1968.
Later in 1969, with fellow guitarist Gordon Giltrap, he helped form the group Accolade.
They recorded two albums (the second after Giltrap had left), and one single, before splitting up in 1971. In 1976 he travelled as a busker through Canada, and played at the Montreal Olympic Games. He then returned to England, settling in Seaford, Sussex, in 1990.
In 2001 he recorded the album The Highwayman, with accompaniment by Herbie Flowers, Nick Pynn and Richard Durrant.
Partridge died of a heart attack on 21 September 2010 in Seaford, East Sussex, where he spent most of his later life.
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