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Encyclopedia > Simply Red
Simply Red
Live in Bremen, 2003
Live in Bremen, 2003
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genre(s) Pop
Soul
R&B Punk
Years active 1984–Present
Label(s) Elektra (1985-1988)
East West (1989-2000)
simplyred.com (2001-Present)
Website http://www.simplyred.com
Members
Mick Hucknall
Steve Lewinson
Kevin Robinson
Pete Lewinson
Dee Johnson
Ian Kirkham
Kenji Suzuki
Chris De Margary
Sarah Brown
John Johnson
Former members
Tony Bowers
Chris Joyce
Tim Kellett
Sylvan Richardson
Fritz McIntyre
Aziz Ibrahim
Mike Thomas
Gota Yashiki
Tim Vine
Shaun Ward
Wayne Stobbard
Andy Wright
Jaimes
Geraint James
Johnathon Bound
Owen Evans
Daniel Evans
James Nesbitt Salmon
Sean Evans

Simply Red is an English pop band. Their style draws influences from pop, rock, jazz, lovers rock, and blue-eyed soul. Over time, the name "Simply Red" has come to refer less to a specific group of musicians, and is widely regarded as a name for Mick Hucknall's recordings.[citation needed] 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. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... East West Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, and operates under WMGs Independent Label Group. ... Mick Hucknall in Bremen, Germany. ... Guitarist Aziz Ibrahim was born in Longsight, Manchester to Pakistani parents. ... Mike Thomas of Springfield, Pennsylvania (Delaware County) was born in 1986. ... Gota Yashiki Gota Yashiki is a both an independent smooth jazz artist and drum player, as well as a member of the band Simply Red. ... Daniel Jackson Dan Evans (born 1925) was a United States Senator from Washington State. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article is about the genre. ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... Lovers Rock is the United Kingdoms main contribution to reggae. ... Blue-eyed soul (also known as white soul) is a term used to describe R&B or soul music performed by white artists. ... Mick Hucknall in Bremen, Germany. ...

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Career

Simply Red's roots originate from the 1976 Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Manchester art student Mick Hucknall was one of the many young music fans present, along with original members of Joy Division, The Smiths and Buzzcocks, who were inspired to form a band after witnessing that gig[citation needed]). The first incarnation of the band was a punk group called The Frantic Elevators. This band existed for 7 years, with limited releases on local labels, but split in 1984 with only limited local attention and critical acclaim for their final single, "Holding Back the Years". Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... The Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England, was for many years a focal point for public debate and cultural activity in the city. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Mick Hucknall in Bremen, Germany. ... This article is about the band. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987, based on the songwriting partnership of singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. ... For the panel game, see Never Mind the Buzzcocks. ... Holding Back the Years is the 7th track of Simply Reds debut studio album Picture Book. ...


After the demise of The Frantic Elevators, Hucknall linked up with manager Elliot Rashman. By early 1985 Hucknall and Rashman had assembled a band of local session musicians and began to attract record company attention. Around this time the group adopted the name Simply Red (after Hucknall's nickname, which denoted hair colour, football allegiance to Manchester United and left-wing political affiliation[citation needed]). They signed to Elektra in 1985, with the somewhat changeable line-up of Hucknall, Tony Bowers (bass), Fritz McIntyre (keyboards), Tim Kellett (brass), Sylvan Richardson (guitar) and Chris Joyce (drums). MUFC redirects here. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ...


Their first single, released in 1985, was "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)", a cover of a soul standard originally recorded by The Valentine Brothers. This single had a big international success, reaching the UK and Irish Top 20, later the American, French and Dutch Top 30, and the Italian Top 5, beginning a successful career in Italy, sometimes more successful than in the UK. Their debut album, Picture Book, was also released in 1985. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... Picture Book is the debut album by blue-eyed soul group Simply Red, released in 1985. ...


In 1986 the band re-recorded a song that the Frantic Elevators had two recorded earlier, "Holding Back the Years", in a more accessible pop style, which was this time a major hit, peaking at #1 in Ireland, #2 in Great Britain, #3 in the Netherlands, #20 in Italy and later #1 in the United States, establishing Simply Red as a household name. The song remains one of the band's most recognized work. The album began to sell more copies, and became an international hit album.


Their second album, 1987's Men and Women saw the band adopting bowler hats and colourful suits instead of their earlier ragamuffin look, and the introspection and social commentary of their debut replaced by a blue-eyed soul sound with funk influences. See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Men and Women is the second album released by Simply Red in 1987. ... Blue-eyed soul (also known as white soul) is a term used to describe R&B or soul music performed by white artists. ...


With their third album A New Flame in 1989, Simply Red adopted a yet more mainstream populist sound aimed for commercial rather than critical success, typified by their cover of Harold Melvin's pop classic "If You Don't Know Me By Now", which became their second U.S. #1 hit and one of the biggest singles of the year internationally; and their greatest success until now. Hucknall was by this time an international superstar, being photographed with models and Hollywood celebrities. This seemed to harm the band's coherence as a unit, with Hucknall declaring in 1991 that Simply Red was "essentially a solo project". A New Flame is the third album released by Simply Red in 1989. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. ...


The band's popular career peaked later that year with the release of Stars, which became the best-selling album for two years running in Europe and the UK (though notably had far less success in the US than their previous albums). Stars mixed Hucknall's anti-Thatcherite political lyrics with an easy-listening lounge-jazz sound, apparently to avoid alienation of their existing fanbase. Stars is the fourth album by UK pop/soul/jazz band Simply Red, released in September 1991. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Sophisti-pop is a music genre used to describe a certain kind of smooth, jazz-like radio friendly pop music. ...


After touring and promoting Stars for two years, Simply Red returned in 1995 with "Fairground", a dance-influenced track featuring prominently a sample from Zki & Dobri's Goodmen project. A massive radio hit, "Fairground" went on to become the band’s first British #1, amid critical panning[citation needed]. Its parent album Life sold more than a million copies in the UK alone, making it the fourth-biggest seller of the year. The band followed this up with cover heavy Blue in 1998 and Love and the Russian Winter. Subsequent releases have mostly been greatest-hits collections, although the band did release "Home" in 2003, a mixture of original songs and covers, including a version of The Stylistics song "You Make Me Feel Brand New". Simplified followed in 2005, mainly an album of stripped down versions of their Classic hits. DJs Zki & Dobri have been responsible for a number of huge dance hits under a plethora of different group names, since the early 1990s. ... Life (1995) was one of the best and most successful albums by Simply Red. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Blue (1998) was the sixth studio album by Simply Red. ... Love and The Russian Winter (1999) was the seventh studio album by Simply Red. ... Home was the name of the Simply Red album that appeared in 2003. ... The Stylistics was one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ...


The single "Oh! What A Girl!" released in September 2006 from their album Stay, their 10th, released on 12 March 2007. This was preceded by the single “So Not Over You”, released on 5 March 2007. The third single from the album was the title song "Stay", released on 28 May 2007. The fourth and the last single of Simply Red single , "The World And You Tonight", was released in November 2007. Stay is the ninth studio album from British pop band Simply Red. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Mick Hucknall announced that the band were due to split in 2009, after a tour.[1]

"I've kind of decided that the 25 years is going to be enough, so I intend that the 2009 will be the last Simply Red tour."

"I've just recorded an album that is a tribute to Bobby Bland, a blues and R'n'B artist. It's a solo project and I've really enjoyed it so much that I feel the time has come now to just put a book-end to the story and the album Stay will be the last Simply Red studio album."

Discography

This is the discography for Simply Red. ...

References

  1. ^ Simply Red splitting up after 25 years. Times Online. Retrieved on 2007-10-24.

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See also

This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
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  • Interview with Mick Hucknall (USA, 2003)
  • Gallery - Simply Red Gallery
  • Simply Red bei laut.de (German)
  • Simply Red with the charts - A French page
  • Download David Jensen's interview with Mick Hucknall recorded for Capital Gold UK Radio in March 2007

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