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Graham was born on May 10th 1946 in Manchester England. He was given his first guitar at age eleven and started forming and working with local bands at age fifteen. Inspired by The Beatles and encouraged by his parents Betty and Hymie, who often helped him with lyrics, Graham started writing songs.

In 1964 he met Harvey Lisberg who became his manager. Harvey also managed Herman’s Hermits for whom Graham would later write ‘Listen people’ and ‘No milk today’. But he had his first hit as a songwriter in 1965 writing ‘For your love’ for the Yardbirds. He also wrote their follow up hits ‘Heart full of soul’ and ‘Evil hearted you’.
In the same year The Hollies recorded his song ‘Look through any window’ followed by ‘Bus stop’ in 1966. In 1972, along with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, he formed 10cc. He co-wrote many of their hits including ‘Rubber bullets’ ‘I’m not in love’ and ‘The things we do for love’.

During the 1980s Graham formed ‘Wax’ with the late Andrew Gold. They enjoyed chart success in Europe with the hits ‘Right between the eyes’ and ‘Bridge to your heart’. Graham still tours with his version of 10cc and continues to write. He released his third solo album ‘Love and work’ in 2012.

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