Simply Redis an English pop band which has a style influenced by pop, rock, soul, and jazz.The name, Simply red, is not so much a name of a group, but a name for recordings by Mick Hucknell. Simply Red was formed from the group, 1976 Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, which is located in Manchester. Mick Hucknall was an art student at Manchester at the time. Mick, along with Joy Divison, The Smiths, and Buzzcocks, decided to form a band after they saw Sex Pistols perform. The punk group was first called The Frantic Elevators and they existed for seven years. They had a few releases on local labels. They split up in 1984 because they only had a limited amount of attention from their local public and very little critical acclaim for their final single, Holding Back the Years. After the breakup, Hucknall joined manager Elliot Rashman and in 1985 they formed a band of local session musicians. They began to attract the attention from the record companies. They chose the name, Simply Red, which was Hucknall’s nickname because of his red hair, Manchester United, and left-wing political connection. The group signed on with Elektra in 1985. The new lineup was Hucknall, Tony Bowers (bass), Fritz McIntyre (keyboard), Tim Kellett (brass), Sylvan Richardson (guitar), and Chris Joyce (drums).
Simply Red released their first single, Money’s Too Tight To Mention, in 1985. It was successful internationally and reached the Top 20 in the U. K. And Ireland. It also reached the Top 30 among the Americans, French, and Dutch. It reached the Top 5 in Italy. They also released their debut album, Picture Book, in 1985. Their second album was released in 1987 and it was named, Men and Women. The group changed their look from the ragamuffin look to a more professional image. The album was a success. It was also about this time that Hucknall began getting a reputation of a womanizer, and a “lecherous loudmouth”. Their third album, A New Flame, released in 1989, was a success and had a single from it called, If You Don’t Know Me By Now (from Harold Melvin’s classic), which made it to number 1 in America, and was also one of the biggest singles of the year internationally.
Their release of Stars in 1991 was the best selling album for 2 years in the U. K. and in Europe. The group released more albums and in 2007, they released their 10th studio album, Stay. It was followed by several singles from the album. In total, Simply red, released 13 albums to date. The group also appeared on the season premiere of Family Guy in 2007.
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