A Brief History
: Born Michael James Cox, 19
March 1940, in Liverpool,
Lancashire), a pop-singer
("Angela Jones") and actor, also
known as Michael James.
auditioned for "Oh Boy!", a madcap
live musical show on British
Television. and was immediately
signed up by a very impressed Jack
Good. His debut on the show April
1959 saw him sing Ricky Nelson's
"Never Be Anyone Else But You".
Although Michael had released a
couple of Jack Good produced records
for the Decca label, they weren't
very popular. Then came the John D.
Loudermilk song entitled "Angela
Jones" produced for Joe Meek's tiny
Triumph label. The song a rather
tepid teenage tearjerker was
successful for Michael, reaching
No.7 in June 1960
put Joe Meek's name firmly on the
map and after singing this number on
"Wham!" the record went straight
into the charts at #20.
Unfortunately, the tiny Triumph
company could not handle the
public's demand for pressings and
what could have been Michael's &
Triumph's/Joe Meek's success
story, fell short of it's possible #
Michael Cox, who was apparently
popular in both Denmark & Sweden,
then moved to the The "His Master's
Voice" record label and released a #
41 hit with the follow up song to
"Angela Jones" called "Along Came
In the Summer of
1961 Joe Meek recruited "The Krew-Kats"
It's 1961 Line-up, Big’ Jim Sullivan
(lead guitar), Tony Belcher (rhythm
guitar), Brian ‘Licorice’ Locking
(bass guitar), Brian Bennett
(drums)] They held a recording
session with Michael and several
songs were cut. 4 remaining
songs have surfaced and are included
here @ mph.
Michael's busy recording career for
many years on the Decca, Pye,
Triumph, HMV and Parlophone labels ,
all produced by the well-known Joe
Meek. He would never again reach the
heights of his first chart success.
Lack of another
'big follow up hit' instilled a need
for Michael to change his direction.
After attending drama school he
appeared in TV plays, commercials
and films. Near the end of the
1970's he began working the cruise
ships where he met his wife-to-be.
Finding an avenue for work in the
US, he made Television appearances
there and eventual emigrated there.
In 1981 he and
his wife moved to New Zealand (her
birthplace) where he continues to
work on television as Michael James.
Shadows / Brian Bennett / Pre
Jack Good's Oh
Whatever became of the stars?