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The British soul-pop band “Simply Red” was created in 1984 by Mick "Red" Hucknall (vocals) and three ex-participants of the team “Durutti Column” – Tony Bowers (bass), Chris Joyce (drums), and Tim Kellett (keyboards), in addition, Sylvan Richardson (guitar) and Fritz McIntyre (keyboards). Mick was born on June 8, 1960 in Manchester, England. The collective concluded a deal with a recording studio Elektra Records and issued “Picture Book” (1985) with the song “Money's Too Tight (To Mention)” (cover of “Valentine Brothers”) the participant of Top 40, and a track written by Hucknall, “Holding Back the Years”, which led the US charts. 

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These works helped the disc to receive platinum and won a huge success for the team in 1986. The album “Men and Women” (1987), which was written down in cooperation of Hucknall and the songwriter in soul style Lamont Dozier, was not so popular as the previous one, but comprised the Top 40 track “The Right Thing” (In the UK, “Infidelity” and “Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye” also climbed in the Top 40).

Lineup Changes and New Hits

Richardson separated from the group in 1987, and the guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, who was later replaced by Heitor T.P., took his place. The third disc “A New Flame” (1989), has become gold through the participation of Harold Melvin in designing the cover and the hit of Blue Notes “If You Do not Know Me by Now”, which became No.1 and then gold (in Britain, “It's Only Love” and “A New Flame” also entered the Top 40).

Further Work

When the fourth disc, “Stars” (1991) appeared, Bowers and Joyce also left. The team got new participants – Shaun Ward (bass), Gota (drums), and Ian Kirkham (saxophone), who became a permanent part. “Stars” disc became a commercial disappointment in America (although it entered the Top 40 with “Something Got Me Started”, and eventually became gold). But the work had a great success in other countries, especially in Britain, where it became the most best-selling disc of 1991, led the music charts during 19 weeks. The hits “Stars” and “For Your Babies” entered the Top 10, and “Something Got Me Started “, “Thrill Me” and “Your Mirror” occupied the place in the Top 40. The latest disc of the group appeared in 2015.

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