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    Dave Cousins      
Dave Cousins (b. 1945) is the leader, singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Strawbs.
 Originally influenced by the late 50s skiffle boom Dave was on banjo in a jug-band called Gin Bottle Four, then turned to folk in the early 60s with The Strawberry Hill Boys, shortened  1967 to The Strawbs.
In the summer of that year Sandy Denny joined the group for a while and a tape of their songs was by DJ Tom Browne brought to the attention of Karl Emil Knudsen. He offered the studio in Vanløse Bio, Copenhagen, to The Strawbs and off they went recording during daytime and performing at the ViseVerseHus in Tivoli at night.
The result was sent by Karl Emil Knudsen to Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss of A&M Records in Los Angeles, who signed The Strawbs (now minus Sandy Denny) as their first British band. The Danish recording was released on CD in 1991 as ‘Sandy Denny and the Strawbs – The Original 1967 Sessions including previously unreleased tracks’. At the end of the 60s The Strawbs returned to Copenhagen for more recordings at the Rosenberg Studio, which became part of the 1970-album ‘Dragonfly’ and again for the 1974-album ‘Hero and Heroine’.
Even today after half a century Dave Cousins carries on with a successful career, touring on and off with both electric and acoustic Strawbs, his Blue Angel Orchestra and solo.