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Paul Young

English singer, songwriter and musician Paul Antony Young was born 17 January In Luton, Bedfordshire, England. As a youth, after school, he played football for the Vauxhall Motors factory and in his spare time played in several bands as a bass guitarist. The first group for which he became lead singer was Kat Kool & The Kool Kats. In the late 1970s he joined Streetband, who had one Top 20 hit in the UK, with the humorous, novelty track “Toast”. The ex-Streetbanders added new recruits Dave Lathwell on guitar and Baz Watts on drums and became Q-Tips. In addition, a four piece brass section was created by Steve Farr (baritone saxophone), Richard Blanchard (tenor saxophone), Stuart Van Blandamer (alto saxophone) and Tony Hughes (trumpet) who all hailed from the North London and Hertfordshire area, while organist Ian Kewley lived in Essex. Q-Tips’ name derived from a well-known brand of cotton buds and their songs included, “SYSLJFM (The Letter Song)”, and “Having a Party”.

The professionalism of the band had attracted the attention of several record labels, with the late Mickie Most (RAK Records) confirming on BBC Radio 1’s Round Table programme that Q-Tips “…are easily the best live band working at the moment”. In August 1980, the British music magazine NME reported that Q-Tips had released their debut, eponymous album. In time, Garth Watt Roy replaced John Gifford on guitar, and Blandamer was replaced by Nick Payne. This line-up remained for the rest of the band’s career. They appeared on BBC Television’s In Concert, Rock Goes to College and The Old Grey Whistle Test in the latter part of 1981. Other television appearances included children’s Saturday morning TV. Q-Tips opened for The J. Geils Band, The Knack, Thin Lizzy, Bob Marley and the Average White Band. The band toured with After the Fire, and supported The Who on their 12-date UK tour in 1980. In 1981, Q-Tips played the Montreux Jazz Festival. With poor record sales after the release of two albums and seven singles, the Q-Tips broke up in early 1982 when Paul Young signed a solo recording contract with Sony/CBS

The Q-Tips disbanded in 1982, and Young was signed by Columbia Records as a solo performer. Young’s new backing band ‘The Royal Family’ included keyboardist Kewley, fretless bass player Pino Palladino, guitarist Steve Bolton, drummer Mark Pinder, and backing singers Maz Roberts and Kim Leslie AKA ‘The Fabulous Wealthy Tarts’. His subsequent solo success turned him into a 1980s teen idol. He is famous for hit singles such as “Love of the Common People”, “Wherever I Lay My Hat”, “Come Back and Stay”, “Everytime You Go Away” and “Everything Must Change”, all reaching the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. Released in 1983, his debut album No Parlez, the first of three UK number one albums, turned him into a household name.His smooth yet soulful voice belonged to a genre known as “blue-eyed soul”. At the 1985 Brit Awards, Young received the award for Best British Male.

In July 1985, Young appeared at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium, London, performing the Band Aid hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (having sung the opening lines on the original single release), and his own hits “Come Back and Stay” and “Everytime You Go Away”, with Alison Moyet joining him on stage to perform “That’s The Way Love Is”. “Everytime You Go Away” reached number one in the US in 1985, and won Best British Video at the 1986 Brit Awards. Young also become involved with the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, an all-star charity project put together by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure for Ethiopian famine relief, singing the opening lines of the song as a replacement for David Bowie. He also released Ann Peebles’ “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” Which appeared on his second album, The Secret of Association, released in 1985. Young released the song “Every Time You Go Away”, and performed the song during the London segment of the Live Aid concert”

In 1990, he released a cover of The Chi-Lites’ “Oh Girl”, he also sang the Crowded House track “Don’t Dream It’s Over” at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in 1988. He produced a popular duet, “Senza una donna (Without a Woman),” with Italian blues singer Zucchero in 1991, and sang “Radio Ga Ga” with the surviving members of Queen in 1992, at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert soon after Freddie Mercury died. The songs Senza una donna (Without a Woman)” “Both Sides now” and I’m Only Foolin’ Myself”. featured on his first greatest hits album From Time To Time – The Singles Collection, released in 1991. Both Sides Now” was a cover of the Joni Mitchell song recorded with Irish group Clannad for the Blake Edwards film Switch.

In 1995. He contributed to the Vangelis album Voices and sang the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen” at Wembley Stadium before England’s Euro ’96 semi-final match against Germany. In 1992, Young formed a new group Los Pacaminos based on the sounds of Ry Cooder’s “Chicken Skin Music” era and the Tex-Mex group the Texas Tornados. In November 2001, when Young was on the final night of the Here and Now tour, Michael Aspel awarded him his This Is Your Life book. In 2006 he released Rock Swings – On the Wild Side of Swing. He also appeared in the BBC1 cooking show Celebrity MasterChef. He has also appeared as a guest on shows including Hell’s Kitchen The Wright Stuff, This Morning and The One Show. In 2010, Young recorded and released a new track “Come Back”, a duet he did with electronic dance music act Chicane. The single was a sample of Young’s 1983 hit “Come Back and Stay”. Since the mid-1990s, he has also performed with his band Los Pacaminos.

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Richard Hawley (Pulp, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys)

English guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer Richard Willis Hawley was born 17 January 1967 in Sheffield, Hawley grew up in a working-class area of the city with two sisters. Both his parents were musicians, his father David a guitarist with a number of local bands, and his mother Lynne a singer. They divorced when he was 16 years old. He noted that “I always wrote songs since childhood” and realising that “you could actually make something up of your own was quite a big one then” He attended Hucklow Middle School together with future Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, and passed his O-levels. Hawley briefly worked at the local HMV

While still at school, Hawley formed the Treebound Story and at the age of 19 recorded a Peel Session together with the band. AfterTreebound Story broke up, Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. As a member of the Longpigs, Hawley released two albums, The Sun Is Often Out and Mobile Home. After the Longpigs broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp, led by his friend Jarvis Cocker, for a short time. During his time with both bands he was able to “quietly hone” his songwriting skills. Impressed by a home demo of his songs, both Cocker and Mackey urged Hawley to record the material. He used some left-over studio time to demo material and to experiment. He recorded a song per day, recording most of the instruments himself “with a boom mike in the middle so I could walk between instruments. His eponymous debut was a mini-album was released in 2001 and featured seven songs Including the songs “Sunlight” and “Coming Home”. He was assisted by former Longpigs drummer Andy Cook and Colin Elliot, who became his long-term producer.

In 2001, Hawley released the album Late Night Final, named after the cry of vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper on the streets of the city and included the songs “Baby, You’re My Light”,”The Nights Are Cold. In 2003 Hawley released the album Lowedges, named after a suburb of the city. The NME called Lowedges the “first great album of 2003” and it topped an end-of-the-year poll held by Virgin Radio. Hawley released his third album, Coles Corner in 2005. Coles Corner eventually gained a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2006. Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album won the prize, exclaimed “Someone call 999, Richard Hawley’s been robbed!” Hawley’s 2007 album Lady’s Bridge was named after a bridge in the centre of the city. He also embarked on a 16-date tour to promote the album. Sadly In 2007 Hawley’s father died after a long illness and Setanta’s self-titled debut was rereleased in 2007 with five additional tracks Including the song ‘Troublesome Waters’ which is a cover of a Howard Seratt song and it’s the only time Hawley and his dad featured together on a published recording. He plays rhythm guitar”.

In 2008, Hawley was nominated for his first solo Brit Award for Best British Male Performe and was a headlining act at the 2008 Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in Spain. Hawley also produced, with Colin Elliot, and contributed two songs to the album Made in Sheffield, a compilation of songs by the Sheffield-based songwriters for Tony Christie. Richard Hawley released his fifth album Truelove’s Gutter, in 2009 and it won the Mojo record of the year. In 2009 The song “Don’t Get Hung Up in Your Soul” was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week and “Open Up Your Door” was featured as the soundtrack song to the Häagen-Dazs ice cream TV commercial in the UK. The song “Tonight The Streets Are Ours” was chosen as the title track for the Oscar nominated 2010 Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop and His 2011 song “There’s a Storm Coming” was used at the end of the film Brighton Rock. The song “You And I” by Richard Hawley and The Death Ramps (aka Arctic Monkeys), was also released as the B-side of the Arctic Monkeys’ single “Black Treacle” on 2012.

Richard Hawley released his sixth solo album Standing at the Sky’s Edge, in 2012 Containing the singles, “Leave Your Body Behind You”, “Down In The Woods”, “Seek It” and “Don’t Stare At The Sun”. The four singles were collected on vinyl for the Singles Club box set. Standing at the Sky’s Edge was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Awards. Hawley also featured in a BBC6 Music live broadcast with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which took place at the Magna Science Park, Rotherham. In 2013 he joined Cocker and Kami Thompson on the Bright Phoebus Revisited UK Tour. Hawley also provided vocals for the title track of the Manic Street Preachers album, Rewind The Film, released in 2013. In 2014, his previous record company, Setanta, re-released the first three albums both on vinyl and CD. He also contributed music to the documentary film Love Is All. In 2015, Hawley released his seventh album Hollow Meadows.

Richard Hawley has also colaborated with many other musicians; In 2002, Hawley produced the debut single “So Young” by Sheffield band Hoggboy, co-produced the band’s two albums Or 8? and Seven Miles Of Love, co-wrote second album track “Hello”, and also played on a cover version of Little Walter’s “Come Back Baby”/ “Believe”. Hawley also produced material by lead singer Tom Hogg’s next band The Hosts. Praise from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills led to him being approached to support the group on several concert dates in 2005. After contributing to Nancy Sinatra’s 2004 self-titled album, Hawley supported her on a European tour in 2005 and duetted with her on several of the tours concerts. In 2007 Hawley provided vocals for “Bad Woman”, a B-side to Arctic Monkeys’ single “Teddy Picker”. He also co-wrote and provided vocals and guitar to the song “The Fix” on Elbow’s Mercury Prize-winning 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid. Hawley also performed the song with the band at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2008, on The Culture Show in June 2008, at Elbow’s homecoming gigs in Manchester, Wembley Arena, Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom and at the MEN Arena.

In 2009 He reprised his collaboration with Elbow for a special recording of The Seldom Seen Kid with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, which was subsequently released as a special edition CD and DVD set titled The Seldom Seen Kid Live at Abbey Road. He also appeared with Elbow during their 2011 UK TOUR. Hawley’s song “Baby, You’re My Light” was included on the CD soundtrack for the 2008 film Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Hawley himself made an appearance in the 2007 film Flick. In 2009, Hawley was joined on stage by Lisa Marie Presley in London for an encore, she sang vocals on a song the pair have been working on called “Weary” Presley and Hawley also collaborated on Her 2012 album, Storm & Grace. In 2012 Hawley worked again with Arctic Monkeys providing vocals for the “Black Treacle”‘s B-side, “You And I”.

As a solo musician, Hawley has released seven studio albums. Hawley has also worked with several musicians, including Hank Marvin, A Girl Called Eddy, and Jarvis Cocker (and his Relaxed Muscle project). He played the guitar solo on All Saints’ cover version of “Under the Bridge”. He has also been nominated for a Mercury prize twice and once for a Brit Award. He has collaborated with Lisa Marie Presley, Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers and Paul Weller

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Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs)

English singer-songwriter, and the frontman of five-piece band Kaiser Chiefs “Ricky” Wilson was born 17 January 1978 in Keighley, West Yorkshire to Glynne and TV producer, Geoff Wilson He attended Leeds Grammar School after Ghyll Royd primary school, and later attended Leeds Metropolitan University and completed his BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Arts and Design in 2000 before undertaking his masters degree in Art and Design. He then taught at Leeds College of Art for a year before the band’s big break.

Before the formation of the band, in 2003, Wilson was a member of the band Runston Parva (later known as Parva), which consisted of Wilson Nick Hodgson and Andrew White. After the group failed to land a record deal, the band re-formed as Parva, with their old friends, Simon Rix and Nick Baines, joining the group, following their return from university. The band landed a record deal; they were later dropped following the closure of Mantra Recordings. They had just recently released their debut album 22 and their first three singles. Following this, the group decided to re-form for the third time, with intentions to sign a new long-term record label and release new musical material, now named Kaiser Chiefs. Their name was adapted from the South African football team Kaizer Chiefs. James Sandom became their new manager and they soon signed a recording contract with B-Unique Records.

Wilson replaced Danny O’Donoghue as a coach on the third series of The Voice UK alongside, Tom Jones, and fellow new coach Kylie Minogue, who replaced Jessie J. During the series, Katy B appeared as Wilson’s team mentor.[15] For the fourth series, Wilson appeared alongside Tom Jones, and Rita Ora. He was named the winning coach during the 4 April 2015 live final when Stevie McCrorie won the public vote. The following year, he again appeared alongside with new coaches, Boy George and Paloma Faith. On 9 April 2016, he became winning coach for the second time when Kevin Simm won the fifth series. The final pitted Team Ricky against Team Ricky with both of Wilson’s acts knocking the other coaches out of the live final. The win made him the Voice UK coach with the most wins. He left the show prior to its move to ITV.

Wilson has twice been a guest on the BBC Two television show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, firstly in 2005 as a panellist and then as a guest host in 2006. He also featured on the panel of the BBC Television comedy series, Shooting Stars, in 2009. In 2008, he appeared in Peter Kay’s talent show parody, Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, in a duet with the show’s protagonist, Geraldine McQueen. Wilson had a minor role in St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, as the rock star boyfriend of Sarah Harding’s character, Roxy. Wilson stated on his Radio X show that he was cast to appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 fronting a wizard band made up of actual musicians. When the band was replaced with CGI instruments, he was invited instead to appear in a background role as Dirk Cresswell in a scene at the Ministry of Magic. Between November 2012 and January 2013, Wilson took on the role of the Artilleryman in the staged musical, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation. Wilson and Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix wrote and performed the theme tune for Zig and Zag. Wilson joined new radio station Radio X in September 2015. He currently presents the Sunday morning show from 11 am to 2 pm.

In October 2015, Wilson became the host of Sky 1’s music and comedy panel show Bring the Noise opposite former The X Factor judge and the Pussy Cat Dolls singer Nicole Sherzinger, stand up comedian Joel Dommett, rapper Tinie Tempah and comedian Katherine Ryan. In 2017, he also appeared as a guest on The Grand Tour, with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.