While at university, David took the first step on his path to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, by changing his name to Dave The Happy Singer, after complaining that his birth-name left him open to ridicule from fellow academics. About this time, he was already very popular for his on-stage work, supporting many local artists before the invention of the bar-stool.
His repertoire at the time consisted of two numbers, the skiffle standard ‘Halitosis Jones’ and Dave’s original ‘Community Chest’, inspired by a miners’ strike. It is said he often sang both songs at once for several hours.
It was on a train from Putsnethwaith, England to Abersangbaddly, Wales (western Britain) that Dave met his first love, Trandy Bosthwyck. Trandy winded him with her birdcage in a crowded buffet car. ‘She took my breath away,’ remembers Dave, a tear in his eye. Tragedy was just around the corner, however. After a whirlwind romance, Trandy was fatally wounded by a falling box of pencils in a stationer’s shop in Bottoms Wells, Cumbria (nr. London, England). Dave was inconsolable, and wrote ‘Happy’ the following day.
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1 Neither of these words means ‘true’.