Paul Hardcastle

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Paul Hardcastle
Born (1957-12-10) 10 December 1957 (age 59)
Origin Aldershot, United Kingdom
Genres Synthpop, freestyle, electronica, ambient, electro house, breakstep, smooth jazz
Instruments Synthesizer, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, programming
Years active 1982–present
Labels Chrysalis, Motown, V2, Profile

Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957) is a British composer, musician, producer, songwriter, radio presenter, and multi-instrumentalist. Although he specialises mainly in synthesizer and programming, he is able to play multiple instruments, he is best known for his song 19 which went to number 1 in 13 different countries in 1985.


Hardcastle started his career in 1982, when he, along with singer Derek Green, formed a duo called First Light, their partnership was short; they released 2 studio albums and around half a dozen singles. However, there was not much success, they had no chart entries in the US, and only a couple of obscure entries in the UK. Because of this, Hardcastle and Green parted ways in early 1984. Paul decided to start his own solo career not long after.

His first single in April 1984 was "You're The One For Me (A.M.Daybreak)" which hit number 41 in the UK charts, this track had samples of two instrumental tracks which he had recorded while in First Light (Daybreak and A.M), the songs lyrics were cover by a new featured vocalist called Kevin Henry, who would provide vocals on Hardcastle's future works.

He achieved some acclaim for his other early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, "Rain Forest", which along with the track "Sound Chaser", hit number two on the dance chart.[1] "Rain Forest" also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Hardcastle is best known for the 1985 single "19", which had huge international success in the charts; it went to No.1 in the UK (for five weeks), a number of other countries worldwide, and reached number 15 in the US Pop Charts and number 1 in the US Dance and Club charts. "19" became the top-selling single in 13 countries. This was helped by the fact that versions of the song, spoken by well-known local news anchors, were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese, the song received the Ivor Novello Award for Best-selling single of 1985.

Later in 1985, he teamed up with singer Carol Kenyon, who had previously been the backing vocalist on the Heaven 17 song "Temptation", they released "Don't Waste My Time" which reached number 8 in the UK in early 1986. The same year, Hardcastle released the single "The Wizard" which became the new Top Of The Pops theme tune (1986-1991).

In 1986, Hardcastle released a remix to "One Wish" by Hiroshima.[3]

Hardcastle has also recorded several synth jazz albums, alternating releases under the pseudonyms Kiss The Sky (with Jaki Graham) and The Jazzmasters, as well as under his real name Paul Hardcastle.[4]

Hardcastle also released two house music singles ("Keep This Frequency Clear" and "Listen To This") in 1988 under the name "The DTI".

In 2015, he re-released 19 to raise funds for British soldiers, this was determined after one of his son's close friends lost his life in military combat in Afghanistan.

Personal life[edit]

Hardcastle is married to Dolores Baker, and they have three children:[5] Maxine (born April 1986[6][7]), Paul Jr. (born August 1990[8]), and Ritchie (born May 1997).



Year Album Label
1984 Daybreak (by First Light)
1985 Zero One (feat. Universal Funk) EMI Music Distribution [9]
1985 Rainforest
1985 Paul Hardcastle
1988 No Winners
1990 Sound Syndicate A/K Music / K-tel International
1993 Time For Love Fast Forward Records (import) [10]
1993 The Definitive
1997 First Light
1997 Cover to Cover: A Musical Autobiography JVC 1997, Trippin 'N' Rhythm/Push Records 1999 [11]
2003 Very Best: Paul Hardcastle 1983–2003
2009 Paul Hardcastle: The Collection Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records [12]
2009 Zero One
2011 Desire Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records [13]
2012 Perceptions of Pacha VIII P&C Pacha Recordings / Pacha Multimedia
2012 19 Below Zero Hardcastle Music, Universal Music
2013 Electrofied 80s: Essential Paul Hardcastle Music Club Deluxe (division of Demon Music Group)
2014 Moovin & Groovin Trippin 'N' Rythmn Records
2015 19: The 30th Anniversary Mixes NUA Entertainment

Smooth jazz albums[edit]

Hardcastle series[edit]

Year Album Label
1994 Hardcastle JVC Musical Industries
1996 Hardcastle II JVC Musical Industries
2002 Hardcastle III Hardcastle Records
2005 Hardcastle 4 Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2008 Hardcastle 5 Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2011 Hardcastle VI Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2013 Hardcastle VII Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2016 The History of Paul Hardcastle Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records

The Jazzmasters series[edit]

Year Album Label
1993 The Jazzmasters Fast Forward Records, ltd., JVC Musical Industries, Inc
1995 The Jazzmasters II JVC Musical Industries
1999 The Jazzmasters III Hardcastle Records, Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2000 Jazzmasters: The Greatest Hits Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2004 The Jazzmasters 4 Hardcastle Records, Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2004 JazzMasters: The Smooth Cuts Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records [14]
2006 The Jazzmasters V Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2010 The Jazzmasters VI [15] Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2014 The Jazzmasters VII Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records

Kiss The Sky series with Jaki Graham[edit]


Year Album Label
1992 Kiss The Sky Motown Records
1994 Millennium sky way JVC Musical Industries

The Chill Lounge series[edit]

Year Album Label
2012 The Chill Lounge, vol.1 Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2013 The Chill Lounge, vol.2 Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2015 The Chill Lounge, vol.3 Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title[17] Year Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
US Jazz
"You're the One For Me – Daybreak – A.M." 1984 41 Daybreak
"Guilty" 53
"Eat Your Heart Out" 59 Rain Forest
"King Tut" 10
"Rain Forest" 1985 41 57 2
"19" 1 15 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15 1
"19 (German Version)" 17 Paul Hardcastle
"Just for Money" 19 15 27 31
"Don't Waste My Time" 1986 8 31 15 9 15 12 20
"Foolin' Yourself" 51 The Definitive Paul Hardcastle
"The Wizard" 15 10 51
"Walk in the Night" 1988 54 No Winners
"40 Years" 53
"Are You Ready" 1989 90 Sound Syndicate
"Galaxy Of Love"
"Rain Forest" / "What's Going On" 2011 16 Hardcastle VI
"Easy Come, Easy Go" 1
"No Stress (At All)" 2013 1 Hardcastle VII
"Easy Street" 1
"Echoes Rising" 2016 1 The History Of Paul Hardcastle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 117. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 244. 
  3. ^ Chin, Brian (May 10, 1986). "Dance Trax" (PDF). pp. 39–40. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Biography by Steve Huey". Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  5. ^ Paul Hardcastle @ Discogs Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  6. ^ Maxine Hardcastle @ Discogs Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  7. ^ "I'll never work in TV again, howls Playboy model at judge as she's convicted of battering pop star's daughter in nightclub toilet". Daily Mail. London. 24 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Paul Hardcastle, Jr. @ Discogs Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Zero One - Paul Hardcastle - Releases - AllMusic". 
  10. ^ "Time for Love" – via Amazon. 
  11. ^ "Cover to Cover - Paul Hardcastle - Releases - AllMusic". 
  12. ^ 5 cuts from Hardcastle Series, 5 cuts from Jazzmasters series,
  13. ^ "Desire - Paul Hardcastle - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  14. ^ "Jazzmasters: the Smooth Cuts - Paul Hardcastle - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  15. ^ " - This website is for sale! - chatterboxworldwide Resources and Information.". 
  16. ^ "Paul Hardcastle - Biography & History - AllMusic". 
  17. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 243. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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