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Jimmy Somerville (born June 22, 1961) is a Scottish pop singer. He had considerable success in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a successful solo career.
Somerville was born and raised in Glasgow and has a highly distinctive falsetto singing style. He is also a left-wing and human rights political activist.
His music has been constantly praised for containing groundbreaking social commentary, especially in its unabashed commentaries on homosexuality, that still being something of a taboo subject in the early-mid 80s.
He co-founded the synth pop group Bronski Beat in 1983, who proceeded to have a number of hits in the British charts. Their biggest hit, "Smalltown Boy", which reached number three, was considered groundbreaking because of its lyrical content regarding homophobia.
Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985 and formed The Communards with classically trained pianist Richard Coles. They had a number of hits, including a cover version of Thelma Houston's Don't Leave Me This Way, which spent four weeks at number one in the charts, and became the biggest selling UK single of 1...