Simply Red – Biography 2009
Photographer: Hamish Brown
| This year Mick Hucknall celebrates 25 years of unbroken service with the band he founded, fronted and named. Simply Red emerged out of the streets and clubs of Manchester in the post-punk era of 1984 and within 12 months were riding in the British charts.
The original line-up of singer Hucknall, bassist Tony Bowers, drummer Chris Joyce, guitarist Dave Fryman, keyboardist/singer Fritz McIntyre and horn player Tim Kellet became regulars on the thriving club circuit and soon caught the attention of record company scouts on the hunt for new talent.
Executives at the UK arm of renowned US label Elektra were the most persistent – and most generous – and Simply Red found
themselves with a major record deal within six months of starting up and on their way to a recording studio with ace American producer Stewart Levine.
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