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Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw (born Nicholas David Kershaw on March 1, 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, popular during the 1980s. Image File history File links Nik-Kershaw-Essential. ... Image File history File links Nik-Kershaw-Essential. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ...

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History

Nik Kershaw was born Nicholas David Kershaw in Bristol, England on March 1, 1958. After leaving school in 1976 he worked as a shop assistant and in the Department of Employment for several years, during which time he played guitar and sang in a number of underground Ipswich bands. However, when the last of these - "Fusion" - split up in 1982, he embarked on a full time career as a songwriter and performer. In 1983 he signed a contract with MCA Records, a deal which spawned his debut single, "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". At the beginning of 1984, Kershaw released his breakthrough song "Wouldn't It Be Good", featuring a video of Kershaw as a chroma key-suited alien. The song reached Number 4 in the UK charts and earned Kershaw world wide attention. He enjoyed three more Top 20 hits from his debut album Human Racing, including the title track and a successful re-issue of his debut single "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". This track ultimately proved his biggest hit as a performer when it reached Number 2 in the UK. View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Timber framed buildings in St Nicholas Street The Ancient House is decorated with a particularly fine example of pargeting Ipswich (pronounced ) is the county town of Suffolk and a non-metropolitan district in East Anglia, England on the estuary of the River Orwell. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... I Wont Let the Sun Go Down on Me is a song by singer Nik Kershaw, first released on his hit debut album Human Racing. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Wouldnt It Be Good is a song performed by German group Cascada which features the chorus of Nik Kershaws single. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: it is patent nonsense. ... Nik Kershaw - Human Racing (MCA) Dancing Girls Woudnt It Be Good Drum Talk Bogart Gone To Pieces Shame On You Cloak & Dagger Faces I Wont Let The Sun Go Down On Me Human Racing ... I Wont Let the Sun Go Down on Me is a song by singer Nik Kershaw, first released on his hit debut album Human Racing. ...


Despite winning awards, attracting admirers such as Elton John for his writing and gaining a huge teenage fanbase, Kershaw was not without his critics. Some complained that he did too much on stage when he had a competent backing band called the Krew to play all the required guitar and keyboard parts of his songs. Others derided his fashion sense. Kershaw made the snood and fingerless gloves into vital sartorial requirements in 1984. Some claimed he was, vocally, trying to sound like Stevie Wonder. Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... A critic (derived from the ancient Greek word krites meaning a judge) is a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Fashion illustration by George Barbier of a gown by Jeanne Paquin, 1912, from La Gazette du bon ton, the most influential fashion magazine of its era. ... A snood is a type of headgear, worn by women over their long hair. ... Fingerless gloves are garments worn on the hands which resemble regulation gloves in most ways, except that the finger columns are half-length and opened, allowing the tops of the wearers fingers to emerge through. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ...


Kershaw second album "The Riddle" came quickly on the heels of his debut release. The title track, released as a single, would send fans, journalists and linguists into overdrive, as each tried to establish what the meaning was behind the strange set of circumstances and clues which Kershaw wove into the verses and chorus. "The Riddle" proved to be another major hit, and the album also spawned two more UK Top 10 hits, "Wide Boy" and "Don Quixote", as it went platinum. During this time, Kershaw toured extensively with his backing band The Krew, consisting of Keith Airey, Tim Moore, Mark Price, Sheri Kershaw (Nik's then wife), and Dennis Smith. The Riddle is Nik Kershaws second album. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The following is a list of linguists, those who study linguistics. ... Verse is a writing that uses meter as its primary organisational mode, as opposed to prose, which uses grammatical and discoursal units like sentences and paragraphs. ... A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ... Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has sold a certain number of copies. ...


In July 1985 Kershaw was among performers at Live Aid, held at Wembley Stadium. His star began to wane soon afterwards and he enjoyed only one more UK Top 40 hit. He continued to make and release records, and collaborate with others. His 1986 album Radio Musicola was released to critical acclaim but to little commercial success and it seemed that he had outgrown his original audience with increasingly mature releases. His prowess as a songwriter served him well in 1991 when his song "The One And Only", appeared on the soundtrack to the British movie Buddy's Song and in the American film Doc Hollywood. "The One and Only" proved to be a UK Number 1 single for the star of the film, Chesney Hawkes (son of the Tremeloes' Chip Hawkes). In 1993 The Hollies had a minor hit with another of Kershaw's songs, "The Woman I Love". During the mid-nineties he also wrote and produced material for the boy band Let Loose, with three of the tracks ("Seventeen", "Crazy" and "Everybody Say, Everybody Do") achieving reasonable success. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London, England. ... Radio Musicola is Nik Kershaws third album. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Buddys Song (1991) is a film starring Chesney Hawkes and Roger Daltrey about a young boy, Buddy Clark (Hawkes) who is determined to make it as a pop star, aided by his father Terry (Daltrey). ... Doc Hollywood is a 1991 comedy film based on the book What? Dead again? by Neil Shulman M.D. Doc Hollywood stars Michael J. Fox as Benjamin Stone, a hotshot young doctor, whose cross-country drive to become a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon is interrupted when he crashes in the... Chesney Lee Hawkes (born 22 September 1971), is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. ... The Tremeloes were a British pop group from Dagenham, Essex. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hollies are an English Beat group formed in the early 1960s. ...


1999 saw the release of 15 Minutes, a collection of songs that Kershaw considered more personal and mature. Kershaw revealed that he decided to record these tracks himself when he could not envisage them being recorded by other artists.[1] Both "15 Minutes" and the more commercial To Be Frank (2001) were stylistically different from his earlier work, being underpinned by acoustic guitar rather than synthesiser. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 15 Minutes 15 minutes is a 1999 album released by UK singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. ... To Be Frank is an album by Nik Kershaw, released in 2001. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the 2000s, the onset of 1980s nostalgia brought Kershaw back into the public eye to discuss the heights of his career. It was at this point that he revealed that "The Riddle" meant, in fact, nothing. He added that he could not say anything at the time because he was receiving thousands of essays and theses on the song, analysing what "The Riddle" meant and stood for, and what the answer was, and he did not want to disappoint people. [2] The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... One may feel nostalgic for the familiar routine of school, conveniently forgetting the painful experiences such as bullying. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Over the years, Nik Kershaw has collaborated on albums with artists such as Elton John, Bonnie Tyler, Tony Banks, Les Rythmes Digitales and Imogen Heap. Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Bonnie Tyler (real name Gaynor Hopkins born on June 8, 1951 in Skewen, Neath) is a Welsh singer. ... (L–R) Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks in November 2006, promoting the upcoming Turn It On Again tour Anthony George Tony Banks (born March 27, 1950) is an English songwriter, pianist/keyboard player, and guitarist. ... Image:Dancing car. ... Imogen Heap (born December 9, 1977) is a Grammy-nominated English singer-songwriter from Essex, most famous for her work as part of Frou Frou and for her 2005 solo record Speak for Yourself. ...


In 2005, he released Then And Now, a collection of earlier material with four new tracks. In 2006, he completed another solo album, You've Got To Laugh, available only through his website or digitally. This new album contains 12 tracks and was released on his own label, Shorthouse Records. This year also saw the digital re-release of his 80s back-catalogue including The Riddle, Radio Musicola and The Works. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Then & Now: The Very Best of Nik Kershaw for other uses of this phrase see Then and Now Then & Now: The Very Best of Nik Kershaw, released in 2005, combines Nik Kershaw hits, collaborations and a few new tracks. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Youve Got To Laugh is an album by Nik Kershaw, released on 26th October 2006 under his own record label. ... This article is about about the iTunes application. ... Shorthouse Records is the privately owned recording studio of 80s pop star Nik Kershaw. ... This article is about about the iTunes application. ...


Kershaw and his wife Sheri, who is credited with backing vocals on several of his albums, separated in November 2003 after 20 years of marriage [3]. They have three sons, Rudi, Ryan, and Dylan. Kershaw currently lives in Dunmow, Essex. Great Dunmow is a town in Essex, England. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ...


Discography

Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Nik Kershaw - Human Racing (MCA) Dancing Girls Woudnt It Be Good Drum Talk Bogart Gone To Pieces Shame On You Cloak & Dagger Faces I Wont Let The Sun Go Down On Me Human Racing ... The Riddle is Nik Kershaws second album. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Radio Musicola is Nik Kershaws third album. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Works is Nik Kershaws fourth album. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Collection (1991) is an album by Nik Kershaw. ... Wouldnt It Be Good (1991) is an album by Nik Kershaw. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Track Listing 1. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 15 Minutes 15 minutes is a 1999 album released by UK singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Essential The Essential (2000) is an album by Nik Kershaw. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To Be Frank is an album by Nik Kershaw, released in 2001. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Then & Now: The Very Best of Nik Kershaw for other uses of this phrase see Then and Now Then & Now: The Very Best of Nik Kershaw, released in 2005, combines Nik Kershaw hits, collaborations and a few new tracks. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Youve Got To Laugh is an album by Nik Kershaw, released on 26th October 2006 under his own record label. ...

Collaborations

  • 1992 Still by Tony Banks - Nik Kershaw on lead vocals "Red Day on Blue Street", "I Wanna Change the Score" and "The Final Curtain". "Red Day on Blue Street" and "I Wanna Change the Score" co-written by Tony Banks and Nik Kershaw.
  • 1993 Duets by Elton John - "Old Friend" written by Nik Kershaw. All instruments by Nik Kershaw. Vocals by Nik Kershaw and Elton John.
  • 1996 "Walls of Sound" (single) by Strictly Inc - B-side "Back to you" co written by Tony Banks and Nik Kershaw in 1991.
  • 1999 "Darkdancer" by Les Rythmes Digitales - "Sometimes" co-written by Jacques Lu Cont and Nik Kershaw. Leads vocals by Nik Kershaw.

Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Still was a solo album released by Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks in 1992 on Giant Records. ... (L–R) Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks in November 2006, promoting the upcoming Turn It On Again tour Anthony George Tony Banks (born March 27, 1950) is an English songwriter, pianist/keyboard player, and guitarist. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Duets started out as a 1993 Christmas project of Elton Johns that soon grew into an album of its own. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Strictly Inc is the self-titled project album released by Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks and Wang Chung lead vocalist Jack Hues in 1995 on Virgin Records. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Darkdancer is the second studio album released by Les Rythmes Digitales. ... Image:Dancing car. ...

External links

  • Official Nik Kershaw Website, the official site to keep his audience up-to-date.
  • Nik Kershaw - Singer/Songwriter, BBC website profile of Nik Kershaw.
  • http://nikkershaw.it, Fansite to Nik Kershaw.
  • Nikography, The Unofficial Nik Kershaw Discography Site
  • Nik Kershaw at All Music Guide
  • Nik Kershaw at the Internet Movie Database
  • Radio Kershaw, A guide to the Nik Kershaw UK Discography Collector

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Nik Kershaw Facts (259 words)
Nik has played guitar since the age of 14, and has been a professional musician for over 14 years.
Nik went on to work at the Department of Employment in Ipswich, and after several years jumped at the chance of joining FUSION as guitarist.
At the begining of 1982 FUSION broke up and Nik then concentrated on songwriting for six months, in order to accumulate enough material to interest record companies in his undisputed talents.
Official Ticketmaster site. Nik Kershaw tickets, concerts and tour dates (565 words)
During the mid-'80s, Nik Kershaw managed to score a handful of pop hits and, in doing so, establish himself as a profitable commercial songwriter.
Kershaw released his first solo single, "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," in 1983; it peaked at number 47 on the U.K. charts.
Although he released The Works in 1990, Kershaw's main musical contribution since the late '80s is as a songwriter; he's written several songs for other artists, including Chesney Hawke's hit single "The One and Only." After years of writing for others, Kershaw returned with his own 15 Minutes for Pyramid Records.
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