|Genres:||Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Spoken Word|
|Tags:||pop 80s soul british rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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This soul-influenced UK band revolves around the central figure of vocalist Mick Hucknall (8 June 1960, Manchester, Lancashire, England). Hucknalls first musical outing was with the punk-inspired Frantic Elevators, who recorded a handful of singles, including the impressive ballad, Holding Back The Years. When they split up in 1983, the vocalist formed Simply Red with a fluid line-up that included Ojo, Mog, Dave Fryman and Eddie Sherwood. After signing to Elektra Records the band had a more settled line-up featuring Hucknall, Tony Bowers (bass), Fritz McIntyre (b. 2 September 1958; keyboards), Tim Kellett (b. 23 July 1964; brass), Sylvan Richardson (guitar) and Chris Joyce (drums). Their 1985 debut Picture Book climbed to number 2 in the UK charts, while their enticing cover version of the Valentine Brothers Moneys Too Tight To Mention was a Top 20 hit. Although the band registered a lowly number 66 with the follow-up...