Hucknall performing in 2009
|Birth name||Michael James Hucknall|
|Born||8 June 1960|
Michael James Hucknall million albums. Hucknall was described by Australian music magazine Rhythms as "one of the truly great blue-eyed soul singers", while Q credited him with "the most prodigious voice this side of Motown".(born 8 June 1960) is an English singer and songwriter. Hucknall achieved international fame in the 1980s as the lead singer and songwriter of the soul-influenced pop band Simply Red, with whom he enjoyed a 25-year career and sold over 50
Hucknall, born at Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester, on 8 June 1960,was an only child. His mother abandoned the family when he was three; the upheaval caused by this event inspired him to write "Holding Back the Years", which would become one of Simply Red's biggest and best-known hits. He was brought up in Denton by his father, Reginald (1935–2009), a barber in Stockport. According to Hucknall he had a happy childhood until the age of 10, when he began to clash with his father "because there was no woman to act as referee". He attended Audenshaw School, before continuing his education at Tameside College and Manchester Polytechnic's School of Art, where he was a fine art student: whilst at art school he lived in Hulme. It would not be until the mid-1990s that he would reconnect with his mother, Maureen, who was by then living in the US city of Dallas. As of a 2008 interview, he had only seen her twice since she left. He is of Irish ancestry from his mother, whose father was from County Offaly, along with his paternal grandmother. His maternal grandmother was Jewish.
Hucknall was among the people present at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in June 1976 where the Sex Pistols were playing.His interest in the music scene led to the launch of his career in the late 1970s, when he was part of the band Frantic Elevators. The Frantic Elevators released four singles, including a version of "Holding Back the Years", which he later recorded with Simply Red.
As lead singer and core member of Simply Red, he became the identifiable face of the band. His face and long curly red hair were featured prominently on album artwork and in videos.
In 1997, Hucknall won an Outstanding Achievement award from the Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBO Awards) despite being white.
Hucknall is also one of the founders and financial backers of the reggae label Blood and Fire. He also manages the record label simplyred.com.[ citation needed ]
In October 2007, on David Jensen's show on the Gold network, he announced Simply Red would split in 2009.In 2008, he released his first solo album Tribute to Bobby , a tribute to the blues musician Bobby "Blue" Bland.
In October 2009, Hucknall appeared at a charity performance as vocalist for a re-formed version of Faces, replacing Rod Stewart. In October 2011, he was awarded with a BASCA Gold Badge award in recognition of his contribution to music.
In October 2012, he released American Soul, a collection of his favourite music re-recorded with his vocals.
Hucknall is active in politics and was a prominent celebrity supporter of the Labour Party. In 1997, he declared his support for the Labour Party at that year's general election – which it won by a landslide under the leadership of Tony Blair to return to government after 18 years in opposition.In 1998, Hucknall was named in a list of those who donated more than £5,000 to the party. In 2003, Hucknall backed Tony Blair's stance on Operation Iraqi Freedom, stating he had "more respect for Blair than ever" and pointed out that British critics of the war were lucky to be living in a country where they could express their opinions. However, Hucknall later said in 2008 that his conscience prevented him from donating to the party again because of the war, although he would still vote for them.
Hucknall has been strongly critical of more recent Labour leaders: after the 2015 United Kingdom general election, he said that Ed Miliband "veer(ed) close to Marxism" and that the electorate had acted "with collective wisdom" by defeating Labour in favour of electing a Conservative government, which he described as "the inheritor of the Blairite mantel".The following year he described Jeremy Corbyn as a "shabby, spineless coward" for what he regarded as an insufficiently strong commitment to the Remain campaign for the 2016 Brexit referendum. Hucknall publicly declared he would not vote for Labour ahead of the 2017 United Kingdom general election and 2019 United Kingdom general election and that he had ended his longstanding support for the party citing Corbyn's stance on antisemitism. He furthermore described himself as "politically homeless."
Hucknall has said that derogatory references to his red hair are a form of bigotry.
Hucknall was a guest on the panel for the BBC's political discussion series Question Time , broadcast on 27 March 2014, and declared his support for same-sex marriage.
Hucknall and his wife Gabriella Wesberry married in 2010 at the 16th-century Forter Castle in Glenisla, Perthshire, Scotland.[ citation needed ] Their daughter Romy True Hucknall was born in June 2007.
He spends a considerable amount of time in Ireland, where he purchased the Glenmore Estate near the village of Cloghan, County Donegal, with bandmate Chris De Margary. Hucknall and De Margary are keen fishermen. They operate a fishing and hunting tourism business from the estate.In March 2014, Hucknall settled a hunting and fishing rights lawsuit, ongoing for five years, with a neighbour in Ireland. As the case opened in 2009, Judge O'Hagan had instructed both sides to go away and talk about reaching an agreement or else it would drag on for years.
He co-owns Ask Property Development, a company that constructs city squares and public buildings.
He spends time in Catania, Sicily, where he produces wines under the label "Il Cantante" (The Singer).
Hucknall is a Manchester United fan.
| UK || AUT || GER || IT || NL || SWI |
|2008|| Tribute to Bobby ||18||39||37||25||23||29|
|2012||American Soul||6||11||12||22||15||18||Gold (BPI)|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
| UK |
|2008||"Poverty"||—||Tribute to Bobby|
|"Farther Up the Road"||—|
|2011||"Happy This Christmas"||—||Non-album single|
|2012||"That's How Strong My Love Is"||118||American Soul|
In 1986, he provided backup vocals for the musical film Little Shop of Horrors .
|1999||"Ain't That a Lot of Love"||Reload (with Simply Red and Tom Jones)|
|2002||"T-Bone Shuffle"||Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues|
|2012||"I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)"||Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – The Golden Age Of Song|
|1997||"Someday in my Life"||Leggera (Mina)|
|2012||"One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"||Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International|
|2015||"Streets of Arklow"||Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue (Van Morrison)|
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