After two unsuccessful singles with CBS and one with the Irish record label, Major Minor, O'Sullivan sent some demo tapes to Gordon Mills, manager of Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, whereupon O'Sullivan was signed to Mills' label, MAM Records.
In those Beatlesque years O'Sullivan's self-created eye-catching visual image comprised a pudding basin haircut, cloth cap and short trousers. What a contradiction!
Mills hated the image, but O'Sullivan insisted on using it initially. Yes, he was 'Himself' ...
The inside sleeve is dedicated to the song
Nothing Rhymed ...
'Nothing old, nothing new, nothing ventured
Nothing gained, nothing still-born or lost
Nothing further than proof
nothing wilder than youth
Nothing older than time nothing sweeter than wine
Nothing physically, recklessly, hopelessly blind
Nothing I couldn't say
Nothing why 'cos today Nothing rhymed'
Gilbert O'Sullivan (born Raymond Edward O'Sullivan, 1 December 1946) is an Irish singer-songwriter, best known for his early 1970s hits - Alone Again (Naturally), Clair, and Get Down. Worldwide he has charted 16 top-40 records, including six #1 songs, the first of which was 1970's Nothing Rhymed.
Though his most successful recording period was between 1970 and 1980, he has since recorded ten studio albums up to 2015. Speaking in 2009 he said, "I write pop songs. End of story. That's all I wanted to do. That's all I want to do. And that's all I continue to want to do. I have no interest in just touring, and living in the past."