Mel & Kim

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s

Biography

One of Stock, Aitken And Waterman’s acts, Mel (Melanie Susan Appleby, 11 July 1966, London, England, d. 19 January 1990) and sister Kim (b. Kim Appleby, 28 August 1961, London, England) were two East End, London girls with a neat line in pop dance routines. They both started their careers as models - a fact which would come back to haunt them when topless pictures of Mel turned up in Playboy and Penthouse magazines. Picked up by the Stock, Aitken And Waterman team, they saw ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)’ reach number 3 in the UK during 1986, and the following year they gave their mentors their first chart-topper as producers with ‘Respectable’. The girls even stayed on top of the charts when the charity single ‘Let It Be’, by Ferry Aid, to which they contributed, supplanted ‘Respectable’. The group was now such hot property that their name was hijacked at Christmas 1987 by Mel Smith and Kim Wilde for their...

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