Tony Christie

Tony Christie

British balladeer Tony Christie proved the continued commercial viability of traditional pop in a post-psychedelic world, scoring a series of easy listening hits that spanned from 1970 when he remained a constant in the European charts to present day. Christie scored a massive comeback hit with 1990's "Kiss in the Night." However, he again spent a number of years on the cabaret circuit before enjoying a new wave of popularity and credibility via the 1999 single "Walk Like a Panther," written for him by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. The single earned Christie his first appearance on Top of the Pops in a quarter century, and his newfound hipster cachet was further solidified when the smash comedy series Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights employed "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" as its theme song.