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Simply Red

"Simply Red" are a successful English pop band, formed in the mid 1980s. Their style drew influences from pop, jazz, reggae and blue-eyed soul.

Simply Red's roots originate from the notorious 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 was inspired to form a band after witnessing that gig. 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".

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 color, football allegiance to Manchester United and left-wing political affiliation). They signed to Elektra in 1985,...

origin Manchester, England
status Active
years active 1985–present
music genre Pop music
current members Mick Hucknall
Dave Clayton
Steve Lewinson
Kevin Robinson
Pete Lewinson
Dee Johnson
Ian Kirkham
Kenji Suzuki
Chris De Margary
Sarah Brown (musician)
past members Tony Bowers
Chris Joyce
Tim Kellett
Sylvan Richardson
Fritz McIntyre
Aziz Ibrahim
Heitor TP
Gota Yashiki
Tim Vine (musician)
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