Nick Heyward

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Nick Heyward
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Heyward at Let's Rock Bristol, June 2015
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Heyward
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 60)
Beckenham, Kent, England
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass
Years active1980–present
Labels Arista 1981–1986
Reprise 1988–1989
Epic 1993–1996
Creation 1997–1998
Associated acts Haircut One Hundred
Boogie Box High

Nicholas Heyward (born 20 May 1961) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. [1] He came to international attention in the early 1980s as the lead singer and songwriter for Haircut One Hundred. He and the band parted ways after their first album, after which he continued as a solo artist.



Early life

Born in Beckenham, [2] Heyward spent his early years in and around south London. He attended Kelsey Park School for Boys where he studied art and photography. He left school at 16 to work as a commercial artist. [3]

Haircut One Hundred

Heyward and school friends Graham Jones and Les Nemes, [4] the core of Haircut One Hundred, started bands together as far back as 1977. They were first known as Rugby, then the Boat Party, Captain Pennyworth and Moving England, before settling on Haircut One Hundred. [5] The band signed with Arista Records in 1981 and had four UK Top 10 singles between 1981 and 1982. [6] Their debut album, Pelican West (1982), written by Heyward, reached No. 2. It was Certified Platinum [7] by the British Phonographic Industry.

Work on the band's second album commenced in October 1982 but, in January 1983, a statement was issued confirming that Heyward had left the band, [1] and percussionist Marc Fox had taken over on vocals. At the time of the announcement, Heyward told Smash Hits magazine that he had been contemplating going solo for a while and had already recorded some tracks with session musicians. [8] However, many years later, Heyward stated that he had been struggling with stress and depression at the time after a year of constant work and pressure which led to him being, in effect, sacked by the other members of the band. [9] [10]

Over the years, the band has reformed several times. Though not performing together as of 2017, Heyward described a "deep love" for the band and remarked that "the door is always open". [11] In an interview with Lorraine , he said he was "ever hopeful" that the band would one day play a reunion show at the Roundhouse where Pelican West was recorded. [12]

Solo career

Heyward's solo career began in March 1983 with the single "Whistle Down the Wind", [1] which reached No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart. [13] Two further Top 20 hits followed: "Take That Situation" (No. 11) [1] and "Blue Hat for a Blue Day" (No. 14). [13] His debut solo album, North of a Miracle , was released in October 1983 and peaked at No. 10 in the UK. [1] The successive non-album singles, "Love All Day" and "Warning Sign" both went Top 40 although a subsequent single "Laura" failed to do so. [13]

Postcards From Home , Heyward's second solo album, was released in 1986, [1] and featured the singles "Over the Weekend" and "Goodbye Yesterday". [13] By 1988, he had moved to Warner Bros. Records and released his third album, I Love You Avenue , which included the single "You're My World".

Heyward's 1993 album, From Monday to Sunday , on Epic Records, featured a more classic rock style, [14] and brought him his first hits of the 1990s. The first single, "Kite", reached No. 44 in the UK Singles Charts [13] and No. 4 in Billboard 's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. [15]

In 1995, Heyward released his second Epic Records album, Tangled , providing him with a UK Top 40 Single "Rollerblade". [13]

In 1998, Creation Records released The Apple Bed , [16] Heyward's most recent major label release. It featured three singles, "Today", "The Man You Used to Be" and "Stars in Her Eyes". [17]

Since 1998, Heyward has released two independent albums: Open Sesame Seed (2001), a collaboration with British actor/singer Greg Ellis, and featuring Ellis reading Heyward's poetry to the accompaniment of Heyward's musical backing; and The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper (2006), an album of songs recorded with singer/actress India Dupre. [18]

In November 2013, Heyward announced on his website that he was in the process of recording a new album with his son, Oliver. [19] A preview of the album was made available on the site in October 2015. [20] A PledgeMusic campaign to support the album was announced on Heyward's website, on 4 April 2017 [21] and the album title, Woodland Echoes , was released the following day. [22]

Personal life

Heyward married Glaswegian Marion Killen in 1987. They had two children, Oliver and Katie, before divorcing in 2000. [23] In 1998, he had a spiritual awakening [24] that he described as a feeling of complete contentment and a deep connection with nature.

Heyward lives in Stoke Row, South Oxfordshire, [25] and in February 2016 announced his engagement to Sarah, his American girlfriend. [26]



TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
Pelican West
(with Haircut One Hundred)
2312912BPI: Platinum [7]
North of a Miracle
  • Released: 14 October 1983
  • Label: Arista (NORTH1)
  • Format: LP, CS
10178BPI: Gold [29]
Postcards From Home
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Arista (610461)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
I Love You Avenue
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Reprise (925 758-1)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
From Monday to Sunday
  • Released: 7 December 1993
  • Label: Epic (EK 57755)
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Released: 9 October 1995
  • Label: Epic (4811732)
  • Format: CD
The Apple Bed
  • Released: 11 August 1998
  • Label: Creation (CRECD 210)
  • Format: CD
Open Sesame Seed
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Private release
  • Format: CD
The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Up the Ante
  • Format: CD
Woodland Echoes
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Gladsome Hawk
  • Format: CD, LP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


YearTitlePeak chart positions Certifications Album
US Hot 100
US Alt
US Dance
US Rock
1981"Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" (Haircut One Hundred)44150 [31] 32BPI: Silver [7] Pelican West
(Haircut 100 album)
1982"Love Plus One" (Haircut One Hundred)3371881822BPI: Gold [7]
"Fantastic Day" (Haircut One Hundred)929
"Nobody's Fool" (Haircut One Hundred)9Non-album single
1983"Whistle Down the Wind"1320 North of a Miracle
"Take That Situation"11
"Blue Hat for a Blue Day"14
"On a Sunday"52
1984"Love All Day"31Non-album single
"My Pure Lady" (Japan only)
"Warning Sign"25
1986"Over the Weekend"43 Postcards from Home
"Goodbye Yesterday"82
1988"You're My World"67 I Love You Avenue
1989"Tell Me Why"
1993"Kite"441074 From Monday to Sunday
"He Doesn't Love You Like I Do"5855
1995"The World"47 Tangled
1997"Today" The Apple Bed
"The Man You Used to Be"
1998"Stars in Her Eyes"
2017"Baby Blue Sky" / "Mountaintop" Woodland Echoes
"Perfect Sunday Sun"
2018"The Stars"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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