Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was popular in the 1970s.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" is a song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown and produced by Hank Medress and Dave Appell. It was a worldwide hit for the group in 1973. It reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973 and number one on the Australian charts for seven weeks from May to July 1973. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and UK. In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time in its issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100.

Tony Orlando & Dawn occasionally reunites for television and benefit performances. In 2009 Joyce Vincent joined Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence's, Former Ladies of The Supremes' group. She continues to tour and perform to enthusiastic audiences all over the world.

Transvision Vamp

Transvision Vamp were a British alternative rock group. Formed in 1986 by Nick Christian Sayer and Wendy James the band enjoyed chart success in the late 1980s. James, the lead singer and focal-point of the group, attracted media attention with her sexually-charged and rebellious image.

The band's original lineup was James, Sayer, Dave Parsons (bass), Tex Axile (keyboards) and Pol Burton (drums). Parsons and Axile had both been in punk bands prior to joining the band - Parsons in The Partisans, and Axile in various bands, most notably The Moors Murderers and X-Ray Spex offshoot Agent Orange.

Wendy James - vocals (1986–1991)
Nick Christian Sayer - guitar (1986–1991)
Dave Parsons - bass (1986–1991)
Tex Axile - keyboards and drums (1986–1991)
Pol Burton - drums (1986–1989)

Wagner - From TV XFactor

Not born in Great Britain, but Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho (pronounced /ˈvɑːɡnər/), 54, was the oldest of the finalists, is a Brazilian born retired P.E teacher and karate enthusiast now living in Pensnett, Dudley. Fiuza-Carrilho previously owned a martial arts and dance gym in Cradley Heath before becoming a P.E. teacher for a year at Leasowes Community College, he has also worked for a conservatory fitting company. He said he entered the contest to get a "new start" and to be able to provide for his son. At the judges houses Fiuza-Carrilho performed "You Got The Love" to which Walsh joked to his assistant judge Sharon Osbourne that "He fancies you". Although he was not picked to be one the initial top 12 acts, mentor Walsh chose him as his wildcard for the live finals. Wagner moved out of The X Factor house after the second live shows after complaining about his fellow contestants' behaviour.


Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971 and one of the most commercially successful musical acts of all time. The group originally consisted of Freddie Mercury, (lead vocals), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals).

Queen's initial works were chiefly glam rock, heavy metal and progressive rock orientated, however with time the band incorporated diverse and innovative styles in their music, exploring the likes of vaudeville, electronic music and funk.

The band digressed from using progressive themes in their music in the mid-1970s, with more conventional and radio-friendly works bringing them greater success. Throughout the 1970s, Queen disclosed the absence of synthesisers on their albums, yet their style continued to evolve. They eventually started using synthesisers in the 1980s, reflecting their experimental approach to music.

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally backing vocals.

Pet Shop Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness World Record Book 2008. Since 1986, they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK, including four Number Ones: "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", "Always on My Mind" and "Heart".

At the 2009 BRIT Awards, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.


Supergrass were an English alternative rock band from Oxford. The band consisted of brothersGaz (guitar and lead vocals) and Rob Coombes (keyboards), Danny Goffey (drums and backing vocals), and Mick Quinn (bass and backing vocals).

The main trio formed in 1993 in Oxford with Gaz's brother Rob Coombes occasionally brought in as keyboard player on recordings (but never live, initially). The band released their first single "Caught by the Fuzz" in October 1994 on the Parlophone label. The single reached number 43 in the UK Singles Chart, but didn't manage to chart in the US. Supergrass followed up with their debut full-length album I Should Coco in May 1995. The album reached number one in the UKwhere it stayed for three weeks. The band's second album In It for the Money (1997) was the first album to be produced entirely by Supergrass and it peaked at number two. Their third self-titled album Supergrass (1999) (often referred to as "the X-ray" album due to the picture on the sleeve) peaked at number three in the UK albums chart. Their fourth album, Life On Other Planets (2002) was the first to include Rob Coombes as an official member of the band, who until then was employed on session and touring basis. The album peaked at number nine in the UK album charts.


Oasis were an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. Originally known as The Rain, the group was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion), who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals). They have had eight UK number-one singles, seven UK number-one albums, fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six BRIT Awards, including one in 2007 for outstanding contribution to music and one for the best album of the last 30 years as voted by the BBC Radio 2 listeners, and also for being nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2009, the band have sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. Also the band was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for “Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run By A Group” after an unprecedented run of 22 successive Top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the "Most Successful Act of the Last Decade" in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts.


Blancmange was formed in Harrow, London in 1979 by vocalist Neil Arthur (born 15 June 1958, Darwen, Lancashire) andinstrumentalist Stephen Luscombe (born 29 October 1954, Hillingdon, Middlesex). The duo released their first EP "Irene and Mavis" the following year, but had their first real exposure via a track on the seminal Some Bizzare Album, alongside fellow acts Soft Cell and Depeche Mode.

This led to them signing a recording contract with London Records.Blancmange supported Nash the Slash on a London club tour in October and November 1980. Nash introduced the band to the Virgin subsidiary record label DinDisc, but they were ultimately signed by London Records, in 1982.Their first success was the 1982 minor hit single, "Feel Me". Later that year they broke through with "Living on the Ceiling", which reached no.7 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Happy Families (which featured a sleeve painting in the style of Louis Wain) also reached the top 30.

Further hits followed with "Waves", "Blind Vision", "That's Love That It Is" and "Don't Tell Me", all of which reached the top 40, with "Don't Tell Me" even making no.8 in the UK, while their second album Mange Tout reached the top 10. In 1984, Blancmange covered ABBA's single "The Day Before You Came", which reached No 22 in the UK (slightly higher than Abba's original less than two years earlier).
Eventually, as synthpop became less fashionable, the band's fortunes declined. The 1985 single "What's Your Problem" only reached No. 40, and the subsequent album Believe You Me spent only two weeks in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at no.54. Blancmange formally split up in 1987.Luscombe released an album of Indian influenced music Music From New Demons with Pandit Dinesh, Peter Culshaw, Priya Khajuria and Asha Bhosle under the name The West India Company, in 1989. Meanwhile, Arthur released a solo album, Suitcase, in 1994.

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Adam Ant

Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard, 3 November 1954, Marylebone, London) is an English musician, who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring ten UK top ten hits between 1979 and 1983, including three No.1s.

Goddard was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV. He is also an actor, having appeared in two dozen films or television episodes between 1985 and 1999.

The Nolans

The Nolans (billed as The Nolan Sisters from 1974 until early 1980) are sisters from Ireland, brought up in England, who performed as a pop vocal act. The group, best-known for their song "I'm In The Mood For Dancing", gained prominence as guest performers on numerous UK television shows.

The majority of their charted singles and albums occurred in the early 1980s but they continued to be active until 2005 and were particularly successful in Japan. The sisters have pursued varying solo careers in acting, music and television presenting.

In June 2009 it was announced that the Nolan Sisters will be re-forming and touring in October and November 2009. On 28 September 2009 The Nolans released their new album I'm In The Mood Again which features re-recordings of some of their well known hits plus recordings of the well-known diva anthems. The album made its debut in the top 40 album chart reaching number 22.

The Smiths

The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums).
Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s, and the group has had a major influence on subsequent artists. Morrissey's lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst youth culture bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer-pop bands of the early 1980s, while Marr's complex melodies helped return guitar-based music to popularity in Britain.

The group were signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, for whom they released four studio albums and several compilations, as well as numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a growing following, and remain cult and commercial favourites.
The band broke up in 1987 amid disagreements between Morrissey and Marr and have turned down several offers to reform since then.

The Specials

The Specials (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. Their music combined a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups. The group was formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, with Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (guitar, vocals) and a rhythm section. The band wore mod-style "'60s-period rude-boy outfits (porkpie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers)". In 1979, the song "Too Much Too Young" reached the number one spot in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" single also hit number one in the UK. Their music is featured in film and television soundtracks. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, the band broke up. The band reformed and embarked on a 30th anniversary tour in 2009.

Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy

Stephen Anthony James Duffy (born 30 May 1960 in Alum Rock, Birmingham) is an English singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was a founding member and vocalist/bassist of Duran Duran.

Duffy went on to record as a solo performer under several different names, and is the singer and songwriter for The Lilac Time with his older brother Nick. He has also co-written with Robbie Williams, and Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies.
In 1982, he created the band Tin Tin, with John Mulligan and Dik Davis (both then of Fashion), Andy "Stoker" Growcott (of Dexys Midnight Runners) and Bob Lamb (original producer of Birmingham band UB40). The band was signed with WEA Records in the UK, and released the song, "Kiss Me," which went to no. 155 on the UK chart. By 1983, Tin Tin had signed with Sire Records in the US, and "Kiss Me" hit the dance charts there as well. Another single, "Hold It," was also released in 1983, reaching number 55 in the UK.

Funboy Three

Fun Boy Three were a short-lived but successful English band which ran from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singersTerry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.

They dispensed with the darker, moody sound and demeanour which they and Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success in the ska revival of the late 1970s and went into a much brighter, poppier phase with this new band, though maintaining savagery and wit within the lyrics and Hall's wholly expressionless persona.

Together, they set about making music which covered a variety of genres. The band enjoyed six UK Top 20 hits, including "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)" and "Tunnel of Love" and created two albums of which the eponymous Fun Boy Three was the most successful.

The trio's last UK hit was "Our Lips Are Sealed" from the album Waiting, co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, who had scored a U.S. hit with the song a year earlier. They then toured the United States and split afterwards.

They were also credited with helping launch the career in 1982 of Bananarama, whom Hall first saw in The Face magazine. The three women provided credited chorusvocals on the hit "T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)"; the Fun Boy Three later sang on the Bananarama song "Really Saying Something".

Nick Berry

Nick Berry took a break from his acting role in BBC TV's EastEnders to tour and make an album from which the number one single 'Every Loser Wins' came in 1986. The song was heavily featured within EastEnders in a plotline referred to as The Banned in which the youths of Walford all formed a pop group and performed the songs on screen. It was the second biggest selling single in the UK in 1986, remaining at No1 for 3 weeks. Its composer Simon May received an Ivor Novello Award.

Steve Brookstein from XFactor 2004

Stephen "Steve" Desmond Brookstein (born 10 November 1968 in South London) is a British jazz and soul singer, who rose to fame in the United Kingdom after becoming the winner of the first series of The X Factor in 2004. He is originally from Mitcham, South London.

The X Factor 2004

In early 2004, Brookstein auditioned for the first series of The X Factor, a new television talent show that aimed to discover a star recording artist in the UK (effectively replacing Pop Idol). His audition failed to impress two of the judges, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, who thought he lacked the motivation and confidence to succeed but the third, Simon Cowell, asked Brookstein to return later that afternoon and sing again.

At the second audition, Brookstein managed to impress the other judges and was put through to the next stage of the competition. He went on to reach the live shows, where contestants are put to the public vote, as one of three contestants in the Over 25s category mentored by Cowell. He reached the grand final on 11 December 2004 alongside G4, and won despite a controversial outburst against him from Osbourne. However, according to Sharon Osbourne's subsequent autobiography, he had won every one of the live shows and still holds the record for the winner with the highest ever votes received in the final - 6 million.

Chico - From XFactor 2005

Yousseph Slimani (born 2 April 1971), known as Chico, is a Welsh singer of Moroccan descent who rose to prominence in the United Kingdom after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2005 series of the talent show The X Factor.

In 2008, he appeared on the reality TV show CelebAir in which he placed third.

Chico Slimani was born in Bridgend, South Wales to Moroccan parents. Chico's father and mother are both Muslim. At age two, when his parents split during a family vacation, he remained in Morocco and lived with his grandparents. His mother lives in Belgium.

He spent his childhood time in Oujda City (Morocco), but when he was 13 years old, his father living in Crawley, West Sussex called him back to the UK.He has studied martial arts. He also worked as a male stripper for a while before re-discovering Islam.

Chico's initial X Factor audition was notable because judge Simon Cowell walked out in disgust after fellow judges Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne voted him through to the second round. His category ("Over 25s") was mentored by Osbourne, who put him through to the live television phase after a particularly memorable performance at the Osbournes' "home", in which he jumped into a shallow pool and danced in the water (still holding a live microphone).

After the initial live shows, he was widely mocked in the press, but after changing the style of his performances, to become slightly more self-mocking, he began to win voters over. He also became notable for being the first contestant in a Simon Cowell show (Pop Idol, American Idol, The X Factor) to sing a song co-written with X Factor vocal coach Mark Hudson, the suitably camp and iconic "It's Chico Time", named after his catchphrase (Chico: "What time is it?" Audience: "It's Chico Time!")It was notable that Cowell himself was won over during the course of the series, commenting that Chico was a born entertainer, even if he wasn't the recording artist the show was supposedly looking to discover.

Chico failed to reach the final of the show, being voted out in the third from last episode. The competition was eventually won by singer Shayne Ward in December 2005.Slimani had originally planned to release "It's Chico Time" as a single before Christmas, but for contractual reasons he had to wait. Chico was stated as saying "I'm absolutely loving every minute of it, and looking forward to releasing the single at last". The single was eventually released in February 2006; it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 5 March 2006, toppling Madonna from the top spot. It remained at number one for two weeks.

In early 2006, Chico took part in the nationwide X Factor tour.

Since his X factor appearance, Chico has made many public appearances all over the UK. He went on tour at Butlins[4], performing full 45-minute sets along with a live band and dancers as part of The Chico Experience.He also appeared under his original name Yusuf Sliman in Muslim events singing Islamic songs including "Moulana" dedicated to Prophet Muhammad and the Awliya' (the Men of God).Chico's follow-up single to "It's Chico Time", a cover of the song "D.I.S.C.O.", entered the chart at number 24 in August 2006. His next single, "Curvy Cola Bottle Body", was released on 8 October 2007 and reached #45 in its first week in the chart.

In December 2007, Chico made an appearance on BBC Two's music panel comedy quiz show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, as part of the "identity parade" feature. He was correctly identified by the panel.

Chico made a guest appearance in the 2007 Christmas special of Ricky Gervais' TV series Extras, taking part in a mock-up of Celebrity Big Brother. Good Day written by Roachie amd produced by Danny Kirsch was used as part of the 2007 Butlins TV adverts.

In the 2008 series of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Chico was a member of "Team Dec" in the feature "Ant vs. Dec: The Teams".

Chico also starred as the celebrity "hider" in an episode of the CBBC show Hider in the House. Later in 2008 he featured as a celebrity in the reality television show CelebAir on ITV2. Slimani came third overall. The video for Chico's fourth single, "Are You In It For Love", was premiered on his official website. It is a cover of a Ricky Martin hit. His debut album titled Lights Camera Action was released beginning of 2009.

Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee (born Pauline Matthews, 6 March 1947, Little Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England) is a singer-songwriter, with a career spanning more than 40 years. She is best known for her 1976 duet with Elton John, entitled "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which went to Number 1 both in the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 1993 she performed another duet with Elton John for his Duets album, a cover version of Cole Porter's "True Love", which reached #2 in the UK.

Kiki Dee began singing with a local band in Bradford in the early 1960s. Her recording career began as a session singer. She sang backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, among others, and was regarded by other singers but did not achieve solo success in the UK for many years.

However, her 1965 release "Why Don't I Run Away From You" was a big hit on Radios London and Caroline in 1965, and her 1968 release, "On a Magic Carpet Ride", which was originally a B-side, has remained popular with the Northern Soul circuit. Hit songwriter Mitch Murray came up with her stage name, and also penned her first single, "Early Night".

In the United States she became the first white British artist to be signed byMotown, releasing her first Motown single in 1970. In the days before BBC Radio 1, Dee was a regular performer of cover versions on BBC Radio, and she starred with a group of session singers in the BBC Two singalong series, One More Time. She also appeared in an early episode of The Benny Hill Show in January 1971, performing the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit, "You've Made Me So Very Happy".
Nevertheless, it was only after she signed with Elton John's Rocket Records that she became a household name in the UK.

Her first major solo hits were "Amoureuse" (written by Véronique Sanson, with English lyrics by Gary Osborne) (1973) and "I've Got the Music in Me" (written by Tobias Stephen Boshell), the latter credited to the Kiki Dee Band (1974). In addition to her burgeoning career as a lead vocalist, she could sometimes be heard singing backing vocals on various Elton John recordings, such as "All the Girls Love Alice" on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and various tracks on Rock of the Westies.She became a household name with her duet with Elton John, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" in 1976.

In 1981, Dee joined forces again with Elton John, recording a cover of the Four Tops' song "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever".

In 1983, she supplied backing vocals to Elton John's album Too Low for Zero. Between 1987 and 1990 the theme music to the BBC One TV programme Opportunity Knocks was Dee's recording of "Star", a song written by Doreen Chanter of the Chanter Sisters. Dee also sang the song "What Can't Speak Can't Lie" (1983), composed and recorded by the Japanese jazz fusion groupCasiopea, and with lyrics by Gary Osborne.

She has released 39 singles, 3 EPs, 9 LPs and 3 CDs to date. Dee has also appeared in musical theatre - notably in the lead role in Willy Russell's West End musical Blood Brothers, in which she took on the role originally played by Barbara Dickson for the 1988 production and recording. She received an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 for her acting skills.

In 1990, she contributed to the last recording studio collaboration between Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, on the album Freudiana, performing "You're On Your Own". In 2008, Dee's first DVD was released. Under The Night Sky was a collaboration with guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, filmed live at the Bray Studios in London. That same year, several albums from her earlier 1970s-1980s Rocket catalogue were re-released by EMI Records, including an expanded edition of Almost Naked with extra tracks, including a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", and a new take on "Sugar on the Floor". The latter song had previously appeared as a full band version by Dee; a piano/vocal version (with slide guitar from Davey Johnstone) by Elton John (a bonus CD track on Rock of the Westies that was the b-side to "Island Girl"); and a jazzy version by Etta James.

She also performed at Live Aid, reprising "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with John, and performing backing vocals on the other songs in his set. She still tours, and occasionally makes guest appearances on television in shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks. She has recorded with other artists such as Dave Stewart and guitarist Carmelo.

Leon Jackson - XFactor Winner 2007

Leon Jackson (born 30 December 1988) is a Scottish singer and songwriter who won fourth series of the British television talent show The X Factor in 2007.

The song which had contributed to his win, "When You Believe", was released as a single in December 2007 and reached #1 on both the UK and Ireland singles charts.

Jackson's second single, "Don't Call This Love", from the album Right Now, was released on 12 October 2008, peaking at #3 in the United Kingdom and #8 in Ireland.

The album was released on 21 October 2008, and reached #4 in the UK and #7 in Ireland.

Two further download-only singles were released from the album: "Creative" (November 2008), which charted at #94 on the UK Singles Download chart, and "Stargazing" (January 2009). In March 2009, Jackson was dropped from the Sony BMG label. Jackson stated that he was going forward with a previously scheduled concert tour.


Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) are an English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex. They had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s. Formed in late 1981 by former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke (synthesizer) and English singer Alison Moyet (vocals), Yazoo was signed to Mute Records in the United Kingdom and (as "Yaz") to Sire Records in the United States.Yazoo's debut single "Only You" backed with "Situation," was released on March 15, 1982 and rose to number two in the UK charts.

Yazoo released successful studio albums, Upstairs at Eric'sin 1982 and the more successful You and Me Both in 1983. Shortly after, Moyet and Clarke decided to break up. Moyet pursued a solo career while Clarke founded Erasure, another synth pop group.

Yazoo temporarily reunited in 2008 with a tour in Europe and the United States and the release of a four-disc box set.Though short-lived, Yazoo continues to influence and inspire many of today's bands, including LCD Soundsystem, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Hercules and Love Affair, Shiny Toy Guns and Blaqk Audio.


Aswad : One of the UK's most successful reggae bands who at one time were backing artists for Bob Marley.

Aswad reached number one with the single "Don't Turn Around" and had other chart-topping hits such as "Give a Little Love" and "On and On".

The name Aswad is Arabic for "Black".
Among Aswad's catalogue of hits is "Don't Turn Around", a UK no.1 pop hit in 1988. This track was originally a B-side to Tina Turner's hit "Typical Male", which was later covered by Ace of Base; they followed this up with UK #11 hit "Give A Little Love", and a reggae flavoured rendition of "Best of My Love", first popularized and written by The Eagles. In 1989, they contributed the single, "Set Them Free" to the Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors album. In the same year they performed together with Sir Cliff Richard the song "Share A Dream" recorded the previous year, at Wembley Stadium as part of The Event (16 & 17th June, 1989). Their next hit, Shine, was released in 1994. Another track was the upbeat 1998 remake of The Police's "Invisible Sun", performed with Sting.The band also hold the distinction of having played with each one of the ex-Wailers.

Gary Newman

Born in Hammersmith, West London, Gary Webb's father was a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. Webb was educated at Town Farm Junior School Stanwell, AshfordCounty Grammar School, Middlesex, Slough Grammar School and Brooklands Technical College. He had an early ambition to be an airline pilot, but did not gain any academic qualifications; however, he did go on to join the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He then briefly did various jobs including fork lift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter and clerk in an accounts department.


In July 2009, Gary Numan appeared as a special guest at the "Wave Goodbye" Nine Inch Nails concert at The O2 arena (London) in London. Before coming on stage, Trent Reznor explained how Numan was "vitally important and a huge inspiration" to him during the past 20 years. Numan then went on to play two songs with Nine Inch Nails; "Cars" and "Metal". Numan appeared once again at the final run of the "Wave Goobye" shows in Los Angeles, CA. On September 2, 2009 at the Hollywood Palladium, Numan joined Reznor on stage to perform "Metal" and "Cars" near the end of the Nine Inch Nails set. He then joined the band onstage a third time at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA, this time performing "Metal" and "I Die: You Die" from the album Telekon. He then joined them a third time at the Henry Fonda theater, performing "Down In The Park," "Metal" and "Cars". Mike Garson initially played "Down In The Park (Piano Version)" before they started the song. He then joined them for the final show at the Wiltern Theater.In a recent interview with The Quietus, Numan says that he and Trent Reznor plan to make music together.

St Winifreds School Choir

St Winifred's School Choir, from St Winifred's Roman Catholic Primary School in Stockport, United Kingdom, was a choir of children trained by choir mistress Terri Foley, who released a song in 1980 that became the British Christmas number one single of that year. The song was entitled There's No One Quite Like Grandma, and it spent two weeks at number one, and eleven weeks in the UK singles chart in total. Lead vocal was provided by Dawn Ralph. The song was composed by award-winning record producer Gordon Lorenz. The choir were conducted by Miss Theresa Foley.

(October 2009) The singers, now aged in their late 30s and early 40s, are releasing a new song to raise funds for the Big Knit. It aims to raise more than £250,000 for Age Concern and Help the Aged.The group, which includes a police detective, an human resources consultant and a mortgage advisor will work with a vocal coach on the single.

Howard Jones

Howard Jones (born John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955, Southampton, Hampshire, England.In October 2006, Jones released "Building Our Own Future" as a podsafe track, as one of several established artists looking to use podcasts as a new means of promoting their music and tours. The song debuted at #1 on the PMC Top10 on 29 October 2006 and spent four weeks at the top of the chart. Howard's track "Revolution of the Heart" spent five weeks at #1 on the PMC Top10 during 2007 and finished the year as the #2 song in their annual countdown.Jones embarked on an acoustic tour of Australia in 2007, beginning in Brisbane and concluding on 5 April in Perth. The Revolution Remixed & Surrounded album was followed in November by Live in Birkenhead. Jones performed another acoustic set, with other 1980s acts at the Retrofest, on 1 September 2007 at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. Jones also went into the studios with The Young Punx to record vocals for their summer 2008 release, "And The Feel Goes On".Jones is a member of Sōka Gakkai, and is musical director of its choir, the Glorious Life Chorus. The chorus performes some of his songs in its repertoire, including "Building Our Own Future" and "Respected". He returned to Australia again in 2009, this time accompanied by vocalist Laura Clapp and music technologist Robbie Bronnimann. On 26 February 2009 Jones was at the UK premiere of Roland's new V-Piano in Bristol and performed "Hide and Seek". He continues to tour, and will be playing the 'Big Hair Affair 2009' on 1 August 2009 at the Ryedale Arena, Pickering.His next album 'Ordinary Heroes' will be released in late 2009, and he will be touring London, Cardiff and Manchester with a string section and Welsh male voice choir, as well as performing the new album.


Kajagoogoo are a British pop band, best known for their first single, "Too Shy", which reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart (#5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100) in 1983.Kajagoogoo announced a UK tour (their first as a five-piece since 1983) for September 2009.