Simply Red

Simply Red are a British soul and pop band formed in Manchester in 1985. The band is led by singer and songwriter Mick Hucknall, who, by the time the band initially disbanded in 2010, was the only original member left. They have released thirteen studio albums, spanning from Picture Book (1985) through Time (2023), all of which have peaked within the top ten on the UK Albums Chart; with the albums A New Flame (1989), Stars (1991), Life (1995) and Blue (1998), along with their Greatest Hits (1996) album, reaching number one. Their 1991 album Stars is one of the best-selling albums in the United Kingdom.The group released ten songs that have reached the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, including “Stars”, the Fugees-assisted “Angel”, “The Air That I Breathe” and “Sunrise”, with the single “Fairground” peaking atop the UK Singles Chart. Their singles “Holding Back the Years” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” both reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group. They have received three Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best New Artist in 1987. Their version of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” won songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff the Grammy Award for the Best R&B Song. The band re-formed in 2015. Simply Red have sold over 50 million albums.

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