Imagination were an English three piece band, who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They had hits in 28 countries, earning four platinum discs, nine gold discs and more than a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1983. Singer/keyboardist Leee John was working as a backing vocalist for the Delfonics, Chairmen of the Board, the Velvelettes and the Elgins when he met Ashley Ingram, a guitarist/bassist. John and Ingram formed a songwriting partnership, resolving to start their own'slinky and erotic' group, working in a short-lived band called Fizzz. Whilst they were auditioning for another short-lived band, Midnight Express, they met drummer Errol Kennedy who, at a young age, had learned to drum in the Boys' Brigade and Air Training Corps. Kennedy was a member of the London-based soul-funk band TFB known as Central Line, prior to co-founding Midnight Express. Formed in early 1981, the trio took a demo tape of a track called "Body Talk" to producers Jolley & Swain, it was released as a single in April 1981 under the group name Imagination, a name that the group chose as a tribute to John Lennon.
The track reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1981, selling 250,000 copies in the UK and spending eighteen weeks in the Top 50. They had two more hit singles that year, "In and Out of Love" and "Flashback", both of which peaked at number 16, all from their debut album called Body Talk, their biggest hit, "Just an Illusion", peaked at number two in March 1982. This was accompanied by a sell-out concert tour of Europe, with 22 dates in the UK; the trio appeared on BBC Television's Top of the Pops, other pop music television programmes, with a distinctive exotic style, reminiscent of Roman senators, harem orderlies and slaves. John made a guest appearance on Doctor Who in 1983, they were known for their esoteric album sleeve notes. Following this the success of the group in the UK waned, but they continued to perform and record. In 1987, they were recorded two albums and seven more singles. At the end of 1987 Kennedy left the band. John with new members, Nat Augustin and Peter Royer continued and recorded a last album Fascination of the Physical, in 1992.
The band split in 1992. John went back to acting, but re-surfaced as a singer in the reality television show, Reborn in the USA. Ingram enjoyed success as a songwriter for Des'ree. 88-Keys sampled Imagination's "All Night Loving" for his hit song, "Stay Up!", from 88-Keys' debut album The Death of Adam. The song "Get Your Number", co-written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin and Bryan-Michael Cox, recorded by Carey for her album The Emancipation of Mimi, is built around a sample of "Just an Illusion". British band VS sampled "Body Talk" in their song "Call U Sexy" taken from their debut album All Kinds of Trouble. Finnish hip hop group JVG sampled "Music & Lights" on their track "Töttöröö", which featured Ruudolf and Karri Koira. "Just an Illusion" is part of the soundtrack of Quantic Dream's 2005 video game "Fahrenheit: The Indigo Child". List of Billboard number-one dance hits List of artists who reached number one on the U. S. dance chart Biography at AllMusic Imagination featuring Leee John Imagination featuring Errol Kennedy Ashley Ingram Sound and Music Productions
Altered Images were an early 1980s Scottish new wave/post-punk band. Fronted by singer Clare Grogan, the band branched into mainstream pop music, having six UK top 40 hit singles and three top 30 albums between 1981 and 1983, their hits included "Happy Birthday", "I Could Be Happy", "See Those Eyes", "Don't Talk to Me About Love". Former schoolmates with a shared interest in the UK post-punk scene, Clare Grogan, Gerard "Caesar" McNulty, Michael "Tich" Anderson, Tony McDaid, Johnny McElhone, sent a demo tape to Siouxsie and the Banshees, who soon gave the band a support slot on their Kaleidoscope tour of 1980; the band's name referred to a sleeve design on the Buzzcocks' single "Promises", was inspired by Buzzcocks vocalist Pete Shelley's constant interfering with the initial sleeve designs. After being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, for whom they recorded a radio session in October 1980, they garnered enough attention to be offered a recording contract with Epic Records, but mainstream success was not immediate.
"Dead Pop Stars" was controversial at the time, sung from the viewpoint of a "has-been" icon with irony, but badly timed in its release the day of John Lennon's death though it was recorded earlier. A dance remix of it with different lyrics was recorded and released as the 1982 single "Disco Pop Stars". After these singles and their first two sessions for John Peel, Caesar formed The Wake. With additional guitarist Jim McKinven, they recorded their debut album, Happy Birthday produced by Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees; the band worked with producer Martin Rushent for the title track, which became the band's third single and their biggest hit. The song reached number 2 in the UK in October 1981, they became established as one of the biggest new wave acts around, were subsequently voted "Best New Group" at the NME Awards and "Most Promising New Act" in the 1981 Smash Hits readers poll. After a successful headlining tour, the band retained Rushent as their producer and released their second album, Pinky Blue, in May 1982.
It reached the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart and provided three more top 40 hit singles with "I Could Be Happy", "See Those Eyes", the title track, but was perceived as a disappointment by the British press. "I Could Be Happy" was the group's only foray onto the US charts, with the single peaking at number 45 on the Billboard Dance Chart. That year, after McKinven and Anderson left to be replaced by multi-instrumentalist Steve Lironi, the band began working on their third album with producer Mike Chapman; the collaboration provided them with another Top 10 hit, "Don't Talk to Me About Love", in spring 1983 and the subsequent album, was released in June. Half of the album was produced by Chapman, half by Tony Visconti. Although it reached the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart, the album sold less than the band's two previous offerings. Before breaking up that year, Altered Images went on another concert tour that included the band's American debut at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, California, on Thursday, 11 August 1983.
After the break-up of the band, Grogan attempted a solo career, signing to London Records in 1987 and releasing a single, "Love Bomb". Grogan was included on a London Records compilation album titled Giant, contributing the track "Reason Is the Slave". After "Love Bomb" failed, plans for a follow-up single release, titled "Strawberry", an album, Trash Mad, were shelved by London Records. Grogan became a film and television actress. Prior to finding fame with Altered Images, she appeared in the 1981 film Gregory's Girl. Afterwards she appeared in Red Dwarf, EastEnders, Father Ted, Skins. In recent years she has become a presenter on UK television, as well as a children's novelist. Lironi formed Flesh. Grogan and Steve Lironi formed Universal Love School in the mid-1980s, performing together but never releasing any recordings. Johnny McElhone went on to perform with Hipsway and Texas. Grogan sang live under the name Altered Images in 2002 for the Here and Now Tour, showcasing a revival of popular bands of their era alongside The Human League, ABC, T'Pau, again for some separate shows in 2004.
Grogan performed again in 2012 under the name Altered Images at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead on 11 May and at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on 12 May 2012. In 2012, Grogan put together a new all-female version of Altered Images and performed at the Rebellion Festival. McKinven was part of 1990s group One Dove. Footnotes:1 "Song Sung Blue" was only released as a single in Continental Europe
James "Midge" Ure is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of the diminutive form of his given name. Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and'80s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984, Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof, he acts as a trustee for the charity and serves as an ambassador for Save the Children. Ure is the producer and writer of several other synthpop/new wave hit singles of the 1980s, including "Fade to Grey" by Visage and the Ultravox signature songs "Vienna" and "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes". Ure achieved his first UK top 10 solo hit in 1982 with "No Regrets". In 1985, his solo debut album The Gift reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and yielded the UK number one single, "If I Was".
Ure co-wrote Phil Lynott's "Yellow Pearl", which served as the theme of Top of the Pops for much of the 1980s. Born to a working-class family in Cambuslang, Scotland, Ure attended Cambuslang Primary School and Rutherglen Academy in Glasgow until he was 15 years old. For the first 10 years of his life he lived in a one-bedroom tenement flat on the outskirts of Glasgow with his brother and parents. After leaving school Ure attended Motherwell Technical College and began to work as an engineer, training at the National Engineering Laboratory, in nearby East Kilbride, he started. The band's line-up included lead guitarist Alan Wright, Fraser Spiers on harmonica, Kenny Ireland on bass and Alec Baird on drums. Ure joined Salvation as a guitarist in 1972; the band had been formed in Glasgow in June 1970 by the brothers Jim McGinlay. Jim McGinlay decided to turn Ure's name backwards to "Mij" to avoid any confusion caused by two members of the band having the same first name. Ure has since presented himself in the music scene as Midge Ure.
The band performed covers as house band in the Glasgow discothèque Clouds. The band comprised Billy McIsaac on keyboards and Kenny Hyslop on drums. In April 1974, Kevin McGinlay left to pursue a solo career, so Ure assumed vocals in addition to his guitar duties. In November 1974, the band changed its name to Slik, with Bay City Rollers writers Bill Martin and Phil Coulter providing songs. In 1975 Ure turned down an offer to be the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, stating that he felt at the time that Malcolm McLaren had "his priorities wrong!", a position he reversed. Slik achieved a UK number one single in February 1976 with "Forever and Ever". In early 1977, Jim McGinlay decided being replaced by Russell Webb. Slik terminated their contract with Martin and Coulter, believing that their boy-band image was hindering their chances of success during the rising punk rock scene, they adopted a more punkish style. Ure's only release with the band under this name was the single "Put You in the Picture".
By October 1977, Ure had left PVC2 to join former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock in Rich Kids. He moved to London and soon found himself immersed in a scene he had only read about in the pages of the NME. Musical tensions within the band led to Ure's departure. Having acquired a Yamaha CS50 synthesiser, Ure – alongside bandmate Rusty Egan – wanted to integrate the new instrument into the band's sound. With Glen Matlock and Steve New preferring to remain with the traditional guitars and drums approach, the band split. In January 2010, Rich Kids reformed, for one night only, for a benefit concert for Steve New, fighting terminal cancer. Although it had been over 30 years since they played together, the press reports praised the gig, which included energetic performances of "Ghosts of Princes in Towers" and "Hung on You". Rich Kids were joined on stage by Gary Kemp. Ure played an acoustic set of Ultravox and Visage songs. In February 2016, it was announced that Rich Kids will reform for a joint headline show with The Professionals at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
In 1978, Egan and Ure formed Visage with lead vocalist Steve Strange, utilised their new synthesiser when they recorded a cover of the Zager & Evans classic "In The Year 2525" for promotional purposes. The line-up was expanded in 1979 with the addition of Magazine members Dave Formula, John McGeoch and Barry Adamson, Ultravox keyboardist Billy Currie, the band signed to Radar Records for the release of their first single "Tar". Egan and Ure formed the short-lived band The Misfits, whose career was curtailed by an approach from Thin Lizzy. Though Visage's first single was unsuccessful, they signed with Polydor Records in 1980. Ure knew Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott, in early 1979 Ure received co-writing credit for "Get Out of Here" on Thin Lizzy's album Black Rose. In July 1979 Ure stepped in to help Thin Lizzy complete a US tour following guitarist Gary Moore's abrupt departure. Ure contributed guitar parts to "Things Ain't Working Out" and "Dublin" for the 1979 Thin Lizzy remix compilation The Continuing Saga of the Ageing Orphans.
Thin Lizzy toured America and Japan. In 1980, during the second part of this tour, Ure switched to keyboards, was replaced by Dave Flett and Snowy White as guitarist. At the end of the tour Ure left Thin Lizzy and returned to his primary interest at that time, Ultravox. U
Bananarama are an English female pop music vocal duo formed as a trio in London in 1981 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward. Their success on both pop and dance charts saw them listed in the Guinness World Records as the all-female group with the most chart entries in the world. Between 1982 and 2009, they had 28 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart; the group's 10 UK Top 10 hits include "It Ain't What You Do...", "Really Saying Something", "Shy Boy", "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", "Cruel Summer", "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." and "Love in the First Degree". In 1986, they had a U. S. number one with another of their UK Top 10 hits, a cover of "Venus". In total, they had 11 singles reach the U. S. Billboard Hot 100, including two in the Top 10, with "Cruel Summer" and "I Heard a Rumour", they are associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. The group featured on the 1984 Band Aid single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?". They topped the Australian ARIA albums chart in June 1988 with Wow!, earned Brit Award nominations for Best British Single for "Love in the First Degree", Best Music Video for their 1988 hit cover of The Supremes single "Nathan Jones".
Fahey left the group in 1988 and formed Shakespears Sister, best known for the UK number one "Stay". She was replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan; this line-up had UK top five hits with "I Want You Back" and The Beatles track "Help!", recorded with comedy duo French and Saunders for the charity Comic Relief. In 1989 they embarked on their first world tour. After O'Sullivan's 1991 departure and Woodward continued Bananarama as a duo, with hits including "Movin' On", "More, More" and "Move in My Direction". Fahey rejoined Bananarama in 2017 and they toured the UK in November/December 2017 and North America in February 2018, they performed their final dates as a trio in August 2018. Bananarama formed in London September 1981 when teenagers and childhood friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward met Siobhan Fahey. Dallin and Fahey were studying journalism at the London College of Fashion and Woodward was working at the BBC in Portland Place. Dallin and Woodward were living at the YWCA and were about to be made homeless until Paul Cook, who they had become fast friends with after meeting at a club, offered them a place to live above the former Sex Pistols rehearsal room in Denmark Street, Charing Cross.
The trio were ardent followers of the punk rock and post-punk music scenes during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They performed impromptu sets or backing vocals at gigs for such bands as The Monochrome Set, Iggy Pop, Department S, The Nipple Erectors, The Jam. Bananarama recorded their first demo, "Aie a Mwana", a cover of a song by Black Blood, sung in Swahili; the demo was heard at Demon Records, who offered Bananarama their first deal. The song was an underground hit and Bananarama were signed by Decca and remained on the label until 1993. UK fashion magazine The Face featured an article on Bananarama after the release of their first single; this caught the attention of ex-Specials member Terry Hall, who invited them to collaborate with his new vocal group Fun Boy Three on their album and the single "It Ain't What You Do, It's The Way That You Do It". In 1982, the song hit the Top 5 in the UK and gave Bananarama their first significant mainstream success. Fun Boy Three guested on Bananarama's single, "Really Saying Something" that year.
Bananarama experienced their greatest success during the period 1982 to 1989, with their first three albums produced and co-written with Jolley & Swain. Their debut album, Deep Sea Skiving contained several hit singles — "Really Saying Something" and "Shy Boy" — and included a cover version of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"; the band recorded a version of the Sex Pistols' song "No Feelings" in late 1982 for the soundtrack of the British teen-comedy film, Party Party. During 1982 and 1983, Bananarama did several promotional US press tours and TV appearances on American Bandstand and Solid Gold. Success in the United States came in 1984 with a Top Ten hit "Cruel Summer", their second album, Bananarama was a more conscious effort. The group wanted to be taken more so wrote songs that focused on heavier topics: "Hotline To Heaven" is a stand against the drugs-are-cool culture; the album contained the hit singles, "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." and their first US Top 10 hit, "Cruel Summer", included in the film The Karate Kid.
The trio recorded the single, "The Wild Life" for a 1984 American film of the same name. Bananarama featured on the Band Aid single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?," and were the only artists to appear on both the original 1984 Band Aid and the 1989 Band Aid II versions. 1985 would be a quiet transitional year for Bananarama. London Records' release of "Do Not Disturb" would keep the girls' public profile alive. 1986 saw the release of their third album, True Confessions on which some production duties were taken up by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman known as Stock Aitken Waterman. The move resulted in the international number one hit, "Venus"; the dance-oriented beats on the song typified the SAW approach to pop production. Bananarama had tracked the producers down after hearing "You Spin Me Round" by Dead o
Boy George is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's fame, during the 1980s, they recorded global hit songs such as "Karma Chameleon", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Time". George is known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance, he was part of the English New Romantic movement. His music is classified as blue-eyed soul, influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae, he was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as Iggy Pop. More he has released fewer music recordings, splitting his time between songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes, photography. In 2015, Boy George received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors for Outstanding Services to British Music. Boy George was born George Alan O'Dowd at Barnehurst Hospital, England, on 14 June 1961 and raised in Woolwich, the second of five children born to builder Jeremiah "Gerry" O'Dowd and Dinah.
He was raised in a working-class Irish Catholic family. He has three brothers, Kevin and Gerald, one sister, Siobhan, as well as an older half-brother, born out of wedlock in Dublin in 1957 when his mother was just 18. George has compared his family history to a "sad Irish song." His maternal grandmother was permanently taken from her family at age 6 after being found outside the family home alone, placed into an Industrial School. His great uncle Thomas Bryan was executed by the British in 1921 during the Irish War of Independence. According to George's mother, who published a memoir in 2007, Gerry O'Dowd was physically and mentally abusive, beat her when she was pregnant with George. George said of his father, "He was a terrible father and a terrible husband." In 1995, George's youngest brother Gerald, who suffers from schizophrenia, was convicted of killing his wife in an episode of paranoia. George was a follower of the New Romantic movement, popular in Britain in the early 1980s, he lived in various squats around Warren Street in Central London.
He and his friend Marilyn were regulars at Blitz, a London nightclub run by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. The pop artists that inspired him were Siouxsie and the Banshees, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Patti Smith, Marc Bolan of T. Rex. Boy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of music entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren, who arranged for George to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow. Going by the stage name Lieutenant Lush, his tenure with Bow Wow Wow proved problematic with lead singer Annabella Lwin. George left the group and started his own band with bassist Mikey Craig, they were joined by Jon Moss and guitarist Roy Hay. Realising they had a cross-dressing Irish singer, a black-Briton, a Jewish drummer and an ethnic Englishman, they settled on the name Culture Club, referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of the members; the band recorded demos that were paid for by EMI Records. Virgin Records expressed interest in signing the group in the UK for European releases, while Epic Records handled the US and North American distribution.
They recorded their debut album Kissing to Be Clever and it was released in 1982. The single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?", became an international hit, reaching No. 1 in a dozen countries around the world, plus top ten in several more countries. This was followed by the Top 5 hit "Time" in the US and UK, "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" which reached US No. 9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since the Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in the US from a debut album, their next album, Colour By Numbers was an enormous success, topping the UK charts and hit No. 2 in the US. The single "Church of the Poison Mind" became a Top 10 hit, "Karma Chameleon" became an international hit, peaking at No. 1 in 16 countries, the top ten in additional countries. It hit No. 1 in the US. It was the best-selling single of the year in the United Kingdom, where it spent six weeks at No. 1. "Victims" and "It's a Miracle" were further Top 5 UK hits, while "Miss Me Blind" reached the Top 5 in the US.
The band's third album Waking Up with the House on Fire was not as big a hit as its predecessors. Although the first single, "The War Song", was a No.2 hit in the UK, further singles performed below expectations. George provided a lead vocal role on the Band Aid international hit single "Do They Know It's Christmas"; the single featured British and Irish musical acts, proceeds from the song were donated to feed famine victims in Africa during the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia. Unlike many of the bands featured on the single, Culture Club did not perform at Live Aid in July 1985. In 1986, George performed a guest-starring cameo role in an episode of the television series The A-Team titled "Cowboy George". In 1986, Culture Club released their fourth album, From Luxury to Heartache which featured the hit single, "Move Away". However, word shortly began circulating in tabloids, he was arrested in Britain for possession of cannabis. With G
ABC are an English pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Martin Fry and keyboardist Mark White, saxophonist Stephen Singleton and drummer David Palmer. Developed from an earlier band, Vice Versa, ABC achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990, their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, was a UK number-one. Now a solo project for Fry, ABC continues to tour and released a ninth studio album, The Lexicon of Love II, in 2016. ABC has its roots in the band Vice Versa, a Sheffield band formed in 1977 by synthesizer-players Stephen Singleton and Mark White, their debut gig was as the support to Wire at the Outlook club in Sheffield. They founded their own label, Neutron Records, releasing the EP Music 4. Martin Fry, who wrote the fanzine Modern Drugs, interviewed Vice Versa and shortly afterwards they asked him to join as synthesizer player. Fry accepted and by late 1980 the band had evolved into ABC, with Fry becoming lead singer.
The last performance as Vice Versa was at the Futurama 2 Festival in Leeds in September 1980, from there on it was as ABC. In the new year they were joined by David Robinson on drums; the band's first single, "Tears Are Not Enough", made the UK Top 20 in 1981. Soon afterwards, Robinson was replaced by David Palmer. In 1982, the band released their debut studio album The Lexicon of Love, which reached number-one on the UK Albums Chart. Produced by Trevor Horn, it featured in UK critics' lists of favourite albums: it ranked 42nd in The Observer Music Monthly's "Top 100 British Albums" and 40th in Q magazine's "100 Greatest British Albums"; the band had three Top 10 hits during 1982: the singles "Poison Arrow", "The Look of Love", "All of My Heart". Several high-concept music videos were made, including the long-form spy pastiche "Mantrap". Following the culmination of the Lexicon of Love tour, Palmer joined the Yellow Magic Orchestra for a series of tour dates; the remaining members found it difficult to follow-up on the success of their debut.
Their second album, Beauty Stab, was released in November 1983, produced by Gary Langan, the engineer on The Lexicon of Love. It performed poorly in comparison to its predecessor, peaking at No. 12. The first single from the album, "That Was Then but This Is Now" appeared in the UK Top 20, followed by a Top 40 showing for "SOS"; the band eschewed remixes for the project and so the 12" single for "That Was Then but This Is Now" featured the disclaimer "This record is the same as the 7" version. The choice is yours." Singleton left the band shortly after the release of Beauty Stab as a result of Fry and White's reluctance to spend much time touring the band's material. Fry and White enlisted the services of Fiona Russell Powell and David Yarritu in the band's new line-up; this line-up recorded the album How to Be a... Zillionaire!, released in 1985. The band's chart success dwindled further in the UK with this album, but they did score their first US Top 10 hit with "Be Near Me", which made the UK Top 30.
The album featured the singles " Millionaire", "Vanity Kills" and "Ocean Blue". Inspiration for the album's cartoons of the band members was taken from a photo shoot by David Levine whose work featured on many of the sleeves for singles released from this album. Keith LeBlanc from Tackhead programmed much of the beatbox work for the album. After a hiatus, during which Fry was being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, he and White reconvened ABC as a duo, releasing the album Alphabet City in 1987; the album returned them to the UK Top 10 for the first time in five years, peaking at No. 7. It featured "When Smokey Sings", a tribute to Smokey Robinson, which narrowly missed the UK Top 10; the song did give the group their biggest hit in the US. The album spawned "The Night You Murdered Love" and "King Without a Crown" as singles. In 1989, the duo issued Up, final PolyGram studio album; this time experimenting with house music, ABC scored a minor UK hit with the single "One Better World". A second single, "The Real Thing", the album itself were less successful.
During this period, the duo worked on a couple of outside productions aimed at the house music scene. One was first single release. In 1990, the band released; this featured most of their singles. The compilation made the UK Top 10. A video package featuring promos was released. One new song, "The Look of Love'90", was released to promote the package; the duo moved to the EMI label. Two singles, "Love Conquers All" and "Say It", narrowly missed the UK Top 40, though a remix of the latter by the Italian production team Black Box appeared on the US dance charts. Martin Fry collaborated with M People in 1991 on their first album, Northern Soul, recording vocals for the song "Life". However, when the album was re-released in 1992, again in 1995, this track was omitted. After a six-year hiatus, now the sole member of ABC, resurrec
Chesney Lee Hawkes, is an English pop singer and occasional actor. He is best known for one single "The One and Only", which topped the UK Singles Chart, reached the Top 10 in the United States. Hawkes was born in Berkshire, he was named after comedian Chesney Allen. His father is the singer Len'Chip' Hawkes with the 1960s band The Tremeloes, his mother is former actress/game-show hostess Carol Dilworth, who appeared in an episode of the 1960s version of Randall and Hopkirk called "For The Girl Who Has Everything", as well as the 1969 horror film The Haunted House of Horror. Keely Hawkes, his sister, was the lead singer of 1990s band Transister, is a songwriter based in Los Angeles, he attended Charters School in Sunningdale. Hawkes's career began at 19 Buddy's Song. In March 1991, he released his biggest single "The One and Only" from the film's soundtrack, on which his younger brother, was the drummer. Written by Nik Kershaw, the song was featured in the opening credits of Doc Hollywood, starring Michael J. Fox.
The single spent five weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. He has released eight singles including "I'm a Man Not a Boy" and "Another Fine Mess". In 1993, his single "What's Wrong With This Picture?" reached number 63 in the UK, his 2002 collaboration with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, "Stay Away Baby Jane", reached number 74 in the UK Singles Chart. Hawkes returned to the media's attention with his involvement in Channel 4's The Games in March 2005, in which he won a Bronze Medal, he took part in the ITV programme Hit Me Baby One More Time in April that year. He released a single called "Another Fine Mess" in May 2005, it reached number 48; the following album of the same title featured fifteen songs written by Hawkes. Hawkes was involved in a project called the Lexus Symphony Orchestra, a corporate promotion designed to showcase the quality of Lexus' in-car audio systems. Hawkes composed two original pieces of music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra for these events held at Castle Howard and Crystal Palace, in August 2007.
Hawkes appeared in a musical, Can't Smile Without You. In the show, Hawkes plays the part of Tony Lowiman who falls in love with a girl called Mandy when he visits New York. Things take a turn for the worse; the musical includes over 40 Barry Manilow songs. National tour started at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on 15 September 2008, prior to performances in the West End. Hawkes appeared in a cherry picker on Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4. "The One and Only" was used as a cue to have contestants worship at a Chesney Hawkes shrine. In January 2011, Hawkes performed at the live finale of Louie Spence's Showbusiness. During February and March 2011, he took part in the BBC series Let's Dance For Comic Relief, he now covers at University Freshers week. In May that year, Hawkes took part in the ITV series Sing. In September, he appeared as Joseph in the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On 24 December 2011, he appeared on the ITV programme Text Santa with Ant & Dec. Hawkes was due to take part on ITV's skating programme Dancing on Ice in 2012 but after fracturing his ankle, he had to pull out.
He was replaced by Chico Slimani. In May, he played at Lakefest festival. In December, he appeared as an accident-prone version of himself in the ITV comedy drama Panto!. In 2015, Hawkes competed in Celebrity MasterChef on BBC One, he was eliminated in the first of the semi-finals of the show. Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne is a fan, Hawkes performed as a surprise at his birthday party. Hawkes lives in Reigate with his American wife Kristina. Buddy's Song/The One and Only No. 18 UK Get the Picture The Very Best of Another Fine Mess Me My Mouse & I Real Life Love The Bill – "Photo Finish" Buddy's Song Prince Valiant Panto! Official website