Almost criminally underrated vocalist and musician Andrew Roachford first grabbed wider attention when a 1989 re-issue of his song Cuddly Toy hit number 4 in the UK charts. That and follow-up Family Man were two of the huge gems from his spellbinding eponymous debut album which was released the previous year – and still sounds fantastic almost 30 years on.

We’ve picked out a live version of a slightly later tune for our Backtrack however. Only To Be With You hit the UK Top 30 and was the lead song on the Londoner’s 1994 album Permanent Shade of Blue. This live recording reveals the energy and emotion that comes through in Roachford’s raw yet smooth, soulful voice and gives a hint at what fans can expect on his forthcoming UK tour which includes October dates in Southport (13 October), Leicester (14), Birmingham (20), Sheffield (21), Southampton (27), and Seaton (28), before heading on to a host of other destinations throughout November including Newcastle, Glasgow, London and Manchester. See Facebook for full listings and ticket links to these shows to catch an artist who really should be on everyone’s must-see list.

Roachford – Only To Be With You (Live)

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