Mick Hucknall
Gota Yashiki
George Michael
Paul Haig
Jo Brand
(Movies & TV)
Bruce Hornsby

See also

Simply Red

Knowledge Identifier: &Simply_Red


Simply Red

English soul band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career add

Category: Music

Founded in 1973.

Countries: United Kingdom (38%), United States (24%), Ireland (7%)

Main connections: Mick Hucknall, Gota Yashiki, George Michael

Linked to: Motown, Fugees, The Smiths, Music Sales Group




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The album featured one new track, a cover of the 1973 Aretha Franklin hit "Angel" which was co-produced with The Fugees add something


Simply Red's origination dates from a 1976 Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England add something


Soul music - American soul was extremely popular among some youth sub-cultures like the Northern soul and Modern soul movements, but a clear genre of British soul did not emerge until the 1980s when a number of artists including George Michael, Sade, Simply Red, Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul enjoyed commercial success


Alex Sadkin - Among the other artists he produced in the 1980s are James Brown, the J. Geils Band, Thompson Twins, Classix Nouveaux, Foreigner, Duran Duran, Simply Red, Arcadia and Paul Haig


The first incarnation of the band was a punk group called The Frantic Elevators, whose 7-year run produced limited releases on local labels and ended in 1984 upon critical acclaim for their final single, "Holding Back the Years" add something


By early 1985, Hucknall and Rashman had assembled a band of local session musicians and begun to attract record company attention add something


It was included on their debut album, "Picture Book", released in 1985 add something


Released as Simply Red's third single in 1985, the track initially placed outside the UK Top 50 add something


Simply Red signed a contract with Elektra in 1985, but after recording one track , Fryman left the group and was replaced by guitarist Sylvan Richardson, who was billed only as 'Sylvan' add something


Garry Roberts - After The Boomtown Rats broke up in 1986, Roberts worked with Simply Red, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Flesh For Lulu in the role of sound engineer on tours in the UK and US


Simply Red's second album, 1987's "Men and Women", saw the band adopting bowler hats and colourful suits instead of their earlier ragamuffin look add something


Bruce Hornsby - Bruce Hornsby and the Range went on to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987, beating out Glass Tiger, Nu Shooz, Simply Red and Timbuk3


The band's career peaked in late 1991 with the release of "Stars", which became the best-selling album for two years running in Europe and the UK add something


This seemed to harm the band's coherence as a unit, with Hucknall declaring in 1991 that Simply Red was "essentially a solo project" add something


Gota Yashiki - Gota joined Simply Red in 1991 for the recording of the album "Stars" and the following world tour


Rowetta - She worked as a backing singer on numerous albums including Simply Red's 1991 album "Stars"


Nikos Goumas Stadium - In 1992 the group Simply Red and in 1993 Elton John and Sting performed at Nikos Goumas Stadium


Gota Yashiki - In late 1993, he released an album entitled "Something to Talk About" under the name Gota & The Heart of Gold, and helped fellow Simply Red band member Heitor T.P. release a solo album in 1994


After touring and promoting "Stars" for two years, Simply Red returned in 1995 with "Fairground", a dance-influenced track prominently featuring a sample from Zki & Dobri's Goodmen project add something


The group issued the compilation album "Greatest Hits" in 1996, reportedly against Hucknall's wishes add something


Manchester Arena - Simply Red performed on 21, 22 and 23 January 1996 on Life Tour


M People - They made some outdoor live UK performances called the "Summer M Parties" in June 1996, at Crystal Palace, Alton Towers plus a televised performance on BBC 1 on 29 June 1996 from Old Trafford, Manchester for "The Crowd are on the Pitch: The Euro '96 Extravanganza", where they performed along with bands Dodgy, Madness and fellow Mancunians Simply Red and comedians Nick Hancock and Jo Brand to a crowd of 60,000 at party celebrating the Euro 1996 football championships


Rob Dickins - He brought Seal, Simply Red, Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Enya, and Cher to the UK label and in 1997-98 Warner added Mark Morrison, Brit Award winner Shola Ama, indie group Catatonia, and teenage girl band Cleopatra to the UK.


Sly and Robbie - They had a second UK top 40 hit in 1997, with the collaboration with Simply Red on a cover of Gregory Isaacs' "Night Nurse", reaching number 13.


Gota Yashiki - Gota helped produce Simply Red's album entitled "Blue" the following year in 1998 and subsequently assisted the following year's release "Love and The Russian Winter"


The follow-up album, 1999's "Love and the Russian Winter", was a relative disappointment, spawning two minor hits that failed to break the top 10 add something


From 2003 until 2008, John Johnson , Dee Johnson , Sarah Brown and Chris De Margary appeared on both albums and tours add something


Teddy Pendergrass - In his later years, Pendergrass' Wake Up Everybody has been covered by a diverse range of acts from Simply Red to Patti LaBelle and was chosen as a rallying cry during the 2004 Presidential campaign by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to mobilize voters


"Simplified" followed in 2005, mainly an album of stripped down versions of their classic hits add something


The band's tenth and, as it would turn out, final studio album, "Stay", was released on 12 March 2007 add something


Mick Hucknall - In October 2007, on David Jensen's show on the Gold network, he announced Simply Red would split in 2009


Bobby Bland - In 2008 the British singer and lead vocalist of Simply Red, Mick Hucknall, released an album, "Tribute to Bobby", containing songs associated with Bland


Hucknall released his first solo album, "Tribute to Bobby" on 19 May 2008 add something


Hucknall announced that the name Simply Red would be retired after a farewell tour that started in early 2009, and ended in 2010 add something


Mick Hucknall - Simply Red were touring Australia in February 2009 and were due to do a concert in the Yarra Valley, on the weekend of the Black Saturday bushfires, which devastated a large area of the state of Victoria


From their early days, the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who, by the time the band was disbanded in 2010, was the only original member left add something


Simply Red's final concert took place at the O2 Arena in London on December 19, 2010 add something


However, on November 3, 2014 Simply Red announced they would be reforming in Fall 2015 for a 30th anniversary European tour, the "Big Love Tour 2015" add something


On April 19 2015, the band announced on their official Facebook page that they would be releasing a new studio album containing 12 new tracks add something


The album will be named "Big Love" and will be released on June 1 2015 add something


On April 19, 2015, the band announced on their official Facebook page that they would be releasing a new studio album containing 12 new tracks add something


The album will be named "Big Love" and will be released on June 1, 2015 add something


The tour debuted on 20 October 2015 in Odense, Denmark, went on in 2016 as the "Big Love Tour 2016" and ended on 26 Augut 2016 at the Summerdays Festival in Arbon, Switzerland, performing the following month an ultimate show on 10 September 2016 at the BMW Festival Night in Munich, Germany add something


On 11 November 2016, Simply Red embarked in Dublin, Ireland on the "25 Years of Stars Live" tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release in September 1991 of "Stars" by playing live on stage the entire album in its original running order add something


In 2017 they announced they will be playing at the annual Symphonica In Rosso event add something