Independent label: James Timothy Pursey (born 9 February 1955) is an English singer and record producer. He was the founder and frontman of the English punk rock band, Sham 69, and has played with them from 1976 to 1980. Pursey was born in Hersham, Surrey in 1955. His father was in the army and later worked as a plumber and his mother worked as a cinema usherette. He was educated at Hersham House & Burhill Infants, Hersham Juniors and Rydens School, leaving aged 15 to work in a curtain shop. He was a regular attender at the local disco, the 'Walton Hop' at the Playhouse theatre, where he met Jonathan King. Pursey claimed that he began performing after taking the stage as a drunk fourteen-year-old at the disco and miming to Bay City Rollers and Rolling Stones songs (miming contests were a regular event at the Hop). He formed Sham 69 in 1976, inspired by The Ramones and initially called Jimmy and the Ferrets, along with Albie Slider, Billy Bostik and Neil Harris, while employed at Wimbledon Stadium, and they rehearsed at Slider's parents' pig farm, where King sometimes came to watch them. The band released four albums and had six UK top 50 hits before splitting up in 1980. Distributed By Stage One Records.
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