By: PAULO SILVESTRE
SIMPLY RED are coming to Portugal to perform at Herdade dos Salgados Resort in Albufeira, on August 1.
Simply Red, a British soul pop band, was formed in 1984 by Mick ‘Red’ Hucknall with three ex-members of Durutti Column, Tony Bowers, Chris Joyce and Tim Kellett, plus Sylvan Richardson and Fritz McIntyre.
The group signed a contract with Elektra Records and released Picture Book in 1985, which featured Money’s Too Tight (To Mention), a Top 40 cover of a 1982 R&B chart single by the Valentine Brothers and Holding Back the Years, a Hucknall original that topped the US charts. The album went platinum and the band became one of the most successful in 1986.
Men and Women (1987), was less popular, although it generated the Top 40 hit The Right Thing.
The third album, A New Flame (1989), went gold due to the cover of the 1972 Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes hit If You Don’t Know Me by Now that went to number one and became a gold single.
In the UK, It’s Only Love and A New Flame also made the Top 40.
In the fourth album, Stars (1991), Bowers and Joyce had left, with Shaun Ward joining on bass, Gota on drums, and saxophonist Ian Kirkham had become a permanent member. Stars was a major success in the UK, where it was the best-selling album of 1991. Topping the charts for 19 weeks, it spawned the Top Ten hits Stars and For Your Babies and the Top 40 hits Something Got Me Started, Thrill Me and Your Mirror. Worldwide, it had sold 8.5 million copies by the second quarter of 1993.
Simply Red’s fifth album, Life (1995), was also a triumph, topping charts all over Europe, as did its lead single, Fairground. In 1996 they released Greatest Hits and Blue followed in 1998, and a year later Simply Red released Live at the Lyceum.
In 1999 Simply Red released Love and the Russian Winter and they did a world tour entitled The Spirit of Life Tour. Simply Red’s album It’s Only Love was released in 2000.
After three years, Simply Red released their last album called Home and a new greatest hits album called The very best of Simply Red which features 37 songs.
Simplified followed in 2005, an album of stripped down versions of their classic hits.
The single Oh! What A Girl! released in 2006 from their tenth album Stay, released in 2007, was preceded by the single So Not Over You. The third single from the album was the title song Stay, and their single, The World and You Tonight, was released in November 2007.
Check out their songs at www.myspace.com/simplyred