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Mick Hucknall in Bremen, Germany.
Mick Hucknall in Bremen, Germany.

Michael Hucknall (born 8 June 1960) is a British singer and songwriter. He is the lead singer of the British band Simply Red. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 2132 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Mick Hucknall Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 2132 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Mick Hucknall Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... This article is about the city in Germany. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Simply Red are an English pop band. ...


Early life

Hucknall was born in St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, England, the son of Reg and Maureen Hucknall. His mother left the family when Hucknall was aged three.[1] He and his father lived very briefly in Bredbury before settling in Denton, where he grew up. He attended Audenshaw Grammar School for Boys. He died early morning of 4th april 2008 This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Bredbury is an area of Stockport. ... Denton is a former hat-manufacturing town and suburb of Manchester, situated six miles east of the centre of the city of Manchester, United Kingdom. ... Audenshaw School, formerly Audenshaw Grammar School, is a formerly all-boys secondary school in the town of Audenshaw, part of the Borough of Tameside (in Manchester, England). ...

Music career

Hucknall claims to have been among the people present at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in June 1976, where the Sex Pistols were playing. His interest in the music scene led to the launch of his career in the late seventies, when he was part of the formation of the band Frantic Elevators. Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall was a Victorian building formerly on a site near the G-Mex Conference Centre in the Castlefield area. ... Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Simply Red are an English pop band. ...

The Frantic Elevators released four singles, including a version of "Holding Back The Years", which he later recorded with Simply Red.

As lead singer and core member of Simply Red, he has become the identifiable face of the band. His face, including his long curly red hair, was featured prominently on album artwork and in videos.

Hucknall is also one of the founders and financial backers of the successful reggae label Blood and Fire. He also manages the record label simplyred.com. Blood and Fire is a British reggae record label. ...

Hucknall has commented that derogatory references to his red hair are a form of bigotry.[2] Woman with red hair Man with red hair Red hair (also referred to as auburn, ginger, ranga or titian) varies from a deep orange-red through burnt orange to bright copper. ... For people named Bigot and other meanings, see Bigot (disambiguation). ...

Politics and philanthropy

Hucknall is active in politics and is a prominent celebrity supporter of the UK Labour Party; he is a close friend of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.[citation needed] The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency...

It has been claimed Hucknall's resentment for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is evident in three of Simply Red's songs; "She'll Have To Go" on the Simply Red album A New Flame, Your Mirror and Wonderland on the Stars album.[citation needed] Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and only woman to hold either post. ... Your Mirror is a 1991 song by Simply Red. ... Stars is the fourth album by UK pop/soul/jazz band Simply Red, released in September 1991. ...

Following the Asian tsunami in 2004 Hucknall made a public statement of support for the charity.[3] The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known by the scientific community as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake,[1] was a great undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) December 26, 2004 with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. ...

Personal life

Hucknall and his partner Gabriella Wesberry had a baby daughter, Romy True Hucknall, together in June 2007.[4]

In October 2007, on David Jensen's show on the Gold network, he announced Simply Red would split in 2009.[5] David Kid Jensen (*July 4, 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born British radio DJ. // After beginning his career in his home country at the age of sixteen, joined Radio Luxembourg at the age of eighteen in 1968. ...

Along with Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Craig Noone (silent partner) and Sean Penn, Hucknall part-owns the Parisian restaurant-bar Man Ray. John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) // Penn was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Leo Penn, an actor and director, and Eileen Ryan (née Annucci), an actress. ... The Man Ray bar is a famous restaurant-bar in Paris, France. ...

Hucknall is an avid follower of football team Manchester United. Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ...

Mick was bitten by a badger as a child.


  1. ^ Rebecca Hardy, April 19, 2006"Mick Hucknall on wine, his women and songs", The Daily Mail
  2. ^ Richard Jinman, July 5 2003, "Taking the Mick" , Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ SOS Children website
  4. ^ "Mick Hucknall and Gabriella Westberry Are Having a Baby" Dot Spotter
  5. ^ BBC News, 24 October 2007, "Pop group Simply Red to split up"

External links

  • Simply Red Official Site
  • Guardian article (March 21, 2003)
  • Interview with Mick Hucknall (USA, 2003)
  • Mick Hucknall at the Internet Movie Database
  • Blood & Fire
  • Frantic Elevators - Unofficial site
  • Simply Red at Glastonbury 1986
  • Download David Jensen's interview with Mick Hucknall recorded for Capital Gold UK Radio in March 2007
  • Harry Hill Sketch about the "National Index of A Big Face" Featuring Hucknall
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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