Feargal Sharkey









Feargal Sharkey

Feargal Sharkey

was born on August 13, 1958, in Derry, Northern Ireland. Feargal is a British singer who began his career as a lead vocalist for the punk pop band called, The Undertones. The band was known best for their hit called, Teenage Kicks.He was also the lead singer for the group called, The Assembly. Another famous member of The Assembly was, ex-Yazoo member, Vince Clarke. This was in 1983 and the group had a one time hit which reached number 4 on the U. K. Singles chart. The song was called, Never, Never. Feargal was later discovered by John Peel, and his solo career took off from there.

In 1985 the song, A Good heart, which was written by Maria McKee, was released by Feargal and it turned out to be his best known single. The record reached number one on the charts in the U. K. And also reached number one in several other countries. His solo work was different from his works with The Undertones. Another hit os his called, You Little Thief, reached number 5 on the charts in 1986. The common link between the two songs is the fact that, You Little Thief, was written by Benmont Tench, who was a member of Tom Petty’s band. The song was a response to Maria McKee’s song, A Good Heart, which was a song about him. Maria later had a worldwide hit of her own called, Show Me heaven. The song was used on the soundtrack for the movie, Days of Thunder.

Feargal Sharkey began moving into the business side of the music world in the 1990's. At first he was an A&R manager for the Polydor Records label. He later moved on to become the Managing Director for EXP Ltd. Later he was appointed as a member for the Radio Authority and was a member for 5 years from December 1998 to December 2003. After that he became the Chairman for the U. K. Government task force known as, The Music Forum, in 2004.

Feargal Sharkey released three albums and 7 singles during his singing part of his career. The albums were, Feargal Sharkey (1985), Wish, (1988), and Songs From the Mardi Gras (1991). Feargal had a very short singing career but he left his mark while he was singing. His fans will remember him for a long time. Who knows, maybe he will make a come back as so many of the singers do. It seems that when music is in their blood, they find it hard to just leave it alone for good. Many bands and solo artists have made comebacks and have become just as popular as before.