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Christopher Hamill (born December 19, 1958), better known by his stage name Limahl, was the lead singer of the 1980s pop band Kajagoogoo and subsequently enjoyed a solo career. December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Kajagoogoo was a British pop band best known for its first single, Too Shy, which reached Number 1 in the UK and Number 5 in the U.S in 1983. ...

Hamill was born in Pemberton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, United Kingdom. He attended Mesnes High School, in Wigan, before eventually enrolling at the Westcliff-on-Sea Palace Theatre Repertory Company. Despite some success touring with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he formed a short-lived punk band called Vox Deus. Next he joined Crossword but left to form Brooks with Mike Nolan. He adopted his stage name (an anagram of his surname) at the time he was recruited by the existing members of Kajagoogoo. An advert was placed in a music magazine asking for a “front man who could sing and look good.” Soon after he had joined, the group released their first single “Too Shy” which went to number one in the UK charts and the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. Future success was elusive, and Viz satirises him as “Limahl, whose hit includes ‘Too Shy.’ ” Pemberton is an area/ward and residential suburb in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, North West England, separated by the River Douglas from Wigan town centre. ... The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan is a Metropolitan Borough of Greater Manchester, in the North West of England. ... Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the second musical theatre show written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once; e. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Cover of Viz (issue 57) Viz is a popular British adult comic magazine that has been running since 1979. ...

However, Limahl never enjoyed good relationships with the rest of the band, and later in 1983, the others in the band fired him after an acrimonious dispute. Defenders of Limahl claim that the band struggled with fame and Limahl’s popularity was proving too much of a diversion from the music. Limahl accused the others of being jealous and told the press that “I’ve been betrayed!” and that "I was sacked for making them a success." 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

After leaving the band, Limahl launched a solo career, achieving hits with “Only for Love” and the title theme lyrics to the film The NeverEnding Story. He hit hard times after 1984, although he could enjoy a sense of schadenfreude from the low profile of Kajagoogoo after he had left. In the late 1980s, he was photographed coming out of a job centre. The pictures were published in a Sunday newspaper, highlighting a story of how the once mighty can fall. Never Ending Story is a 1984 single first performed by Limahl. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is too long or excessively detailed. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up Schadenfreude in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... JobCentre Plus is the government-funded employment agency facility and the social security office in the United Kingdom, often operated from a high street shop. ...

When the boom for ’80s nostalgia began, Limahl began to wear an orange wig identical to his original Kajagoogoo hairstyle and started playing gigs, performing the hits he had with the band and by himself. His willingness to send himself and the whole era up gained him plenty of respect, and other declined acts of the 1980s followed him back on to the stage.

In 2004, Limahl took part as a contender in musical reality show Comeback on German TV (Pro7). A year later, he appeared in a similar UK show Hit Me Baby One More Time (ITV). Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... ProSieben is a commercial television channel in Germany. ... Hit Me Baby One More Time is a 2005 reality show first aired by ITV on British television and a US version was done later for NBC; both presented by Vernon Kay. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ...

Limahl shared a flat with disc jockey Paul Gambaccini during his heyday, leading to rumours in the tabloid press that the two were lovers, a claim which both denied. For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949, New York) is a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. ...

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Limahl won the hearts of a global audience as lead singer of Kajagoogoo and co-writer of their million selling album 'White Feathers' spawning the deliciously catchy début single 'Too Shy' which stormed to the top of the charts all over the world, including top 5 in America.
Limahl felt particularly honoured by the award being presented by Hal David better known as one half of legendary song writing duo Baccarach and David.
The unexpected and violent surprise of this treacherous act was highlighted in an interview with Limahl during the January 2004 VH-1 sponsored TV special Bands Reunited when the group reformed for the first time in twenty years, he said "I was devastated, it really felt like a knife in my heart".
Limahl attempted a solo career and ended up witha solitary hit, the theme to the children's movie "The Never Ending Story".
Limahl's real name is Chris Hamill, a mixed up variation on the letters in his last name.
Limahl decided to remake his biggest hit "Too Shy" in 1992 but could only get it released in Japan and Germany.
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