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Celebrity Drawings by John Moss

Popular & Rock Music


Lisa Stansfield


Lisa Stansfield was born in Manchester on 11th April 1966 in
Heywood near Rochdale. Since
she first came on the music scene in 1989 with a style heavily
influenced by Diana Ross & The Supremes, she has sold over ten
million records world-wide and had numerous top ten singles.
Her talent was evident from her earliest days and she won a
Manchester Evening News Talent Contest at the age of 14, held
at The Talk Of The Town club in Manchester city centre. She
then went on to appear on the TV show ‘Razzamatzz’ at
the age of 15.
1983, she formed “Blue Zone” with former school mates, Andy
Morris (later to be her husband) and Ian Devaney; subsequently
she was signed up by Arista Records. A
series of record successes followed, including in 1989, ” People
Hold On” which reached Number 11 on the UK charts and won
Lisa a contract as a solo act.
Stansfield record hits included ‘This Is The Right Time’,
which reached Number 13 in the UK charts in 1991, and “All
Around The World” – a UK Number One hit (No.3 in USA). Other
hits followed, including “Down in the Depths”, “Real Love”,
“Change,” “All Woman,” “Time To Make You Mine”, “Set Your Loving”,
“These Are The Days Of Our Lives”, “So Natural” , and
“In All The Right Places”. Currently
she still works on and produces albums, though perhaps not quite
so much in the limelight as she had been in the early 1990s.


Georgie Fame


Born Clive Powell in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on 26th June
1943, Georgie Fame began playing the piano at an early age for
various local groups, including The Dominoes (named after his
hero, Fats Domino), before his family moved to London in 1959.
He was “discovered” by, Lionel Bart, (songwriter, best known
for the musical “Oliver” ) when he spotted Georgie as
an outstanding 16 year old. Bart introduced him to his own manager,
Larry Parnes, who immediately signed the youngster, renaming
him Georgie Fame in the process. Georgie went on to piano in
many of Larry Parne’s backing bands accompanying stars like
Marty Wilde and Vince Eager before joining Billy Fury’s “The
Blue Flames” 1961. When
Billy Fury replaced The Blue Flames with The Tornadoes, Georgie
decided to continue the original band himself, and managed to
secure a contract as the resident musicians at The Flamingo
Jazz Club in London where they soon built up a large loyal following,
which in part helped earn them a recording contract with EMI
have included their debut album, “Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo”
followed by “Rhythm & Bluebeat”, “Fame At Last “, (which
reached No 15 in the UK Album Charts in 1964). His best known
hit was “Yeh Yeh” which reached UK Number 1 (it reached
No.21 in USA) and sold over a million copies, knocking The Beatles’
“I Feel Fine” off the Number One position – nom mean
feat at that time. Other music included hit single “In The
Meantime”, “Like We Used To Be” and “Something” .
Georgie’s second UK Number 1, “Getaway” came in 1965.
broke up The Blue Flames in 1966 to pursue a solo career. As
a soloist he produced “Because I Love You” which reached
No.15 in the UK charts, “Try My World”, “Sound Venture” ,
(Number 9 in the UK), “Hall Of Fame” (Number 12), “Two
Faces Of Fame”, “The Ballard of Bonnie & Clyde” (December
1967), “The Third Face Of Fame”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”,
“Peaceful” and many others. In 1971 he teamed up with organist
Alan Price (ex-“Animals” member) but their album “Fame and
Price” failed and the partnership was short-lived and ended
in 1973. He went on to reinstate The Blue Flames but it was
only a shadow of its former sense and failed to achieve any
recognition. Disappearing
from the public eye, Georgie even took to writing jingles for
television advertisements – little has been seen of him recently
although he has contributed to other bands recordings in a minor
or background role.


Roy Harper


Roy Harper, born 12 June 1941 in the Rusholme district of Manchester,
is considered by many to be one of the greatest British songwriters
of all time. His guitar work has influenced many notable musicians,
including Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. His early career was
dogged by controversy, including nervous breakdown and spells
in Lancaster Moor Mental Institute, and in jail as a result
of climbing St Pancras Railway Station clock tower in London.
the age of 15, had left home to join the RAF (lying about his
age), and performed skiffle music at camp concerts. In 1964,
after leaving prison, he backpacked around the world, busking
in Africa, Europe and London, before moving into the folk clubs
where his opportunity came to record his first album. His 1966
album, “The Sophisticated Beggar”, included “Committed” ,
a song which celebrated his mental condition. The album attracted
the attention of Columbia Records, for whom he went on to record
“Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith” in 1967. His reputation
quickly grew as a result of albums which followed, including
“Folkjokeopus” , in 1969, “Flat Baroque and Berserk”
in 1970, and one of his most abiding and memorable tracks, “Another
Day” released later in cover versions by Peter Gabriel,
Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins (under the name “This Mortal
Coil” ). Led Zeppelin paid tribute to his music on their
album, “Led Zeppelin III” with “Hats Off To Harper” ,
and in 1971 Jimmy Page of that group played guest guitar in
Harper’s “Stormcock” album.
albums followed, including “Valentine” (UK number 27),
the live double album “Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion” ,
a guest appearance on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You were Here”
album singing the track “Have a Cigar” . Later came his
own “HQ” album, “The Unknown Soldier” and “Work
Of Heart” . Overwork and a life of excess resulted in his
collapse on stage, and a temporary break from music to recuperate.
Back in 1977, he produced the “Bullinamingvase” album,
and “One of Those Days in England” which reached UK Number
25. Disagreement between Harper and his recording company was
to result in virtually no music released by him for more than
a decade after the “Roy Harper 1970-1975” album. “The
“Commercial Breaks” album was eventually released in
1994. In
1991 his son Nick became a part of Harper’s touring band. This
was followed by “Death Or Glory?” in 1992 and “The
Dream Society” in 1998.

Sad Caf�/Paul Young/Mike &
the Mechanics

Paul Young - Sad Café

Sad Caf� were formed in 1976
when two Manchester bands ( “Gyro” and “Mandala
Band” ) merged together. The original line-up included
vocalist Paul Young, guitarists Ian Wilson and Ashley Mulford,
bassist John Stimpson, Vic Emerson (keyboards) and drummer Tony
Cresswell. Lenni (saxophone), was also a session player on the
first album. Their debut album, “Fanx Ta Ra” , failed to attract
attention at all. It was to be their second album, “Misplaced
Ideals” that would bring international success, particularly
in America. Though this album still included Tony Cresswell
as drummer, on completion he left the band to be replaced by
David Irving.
1979, British successes started to Come. Their Number 3 single
“Every Day Hurts” from the third album, “Facades”
was produced by 10cc’s Eric Steward and recorded at Strawberry
Studios in Stockport. From this album also appeared a UK Top
40 singles ” Strange Little Girl” and “My Oh My” .
album “Sad Caf�” in 1980 failed to achieve the success
for which they had hoped, and management was changed, with John
Stimpson taking over as a result, replacing himself as bass
player with Dave Tong for the 1981 ‘Ole’ album. The “Sad
Caf� – Live” album followed later that yea, but also failed
to capture the public’s admiration, and the band declined from
that time on.
Young went on to join Mike & The Mechanics in 1985 and made
a short but successful solo career, though he did return to
Manchester in 1986 to reform Sad Caf� with Ian Wilson and new
bassist Michael Byron-Hehir for their album “Politics Of
Existence” . With
Mike & the Mechanics the “Living Years” album was a huge
success reaching Number 2 in the UK charts and Number 1 in the
US. Paul
Young went on to enjoy massive success with his other projects,
both under his own name and with Mike & the Mechanics
before he died suddenly aged 53 years of a heart attack in Manchester
in July 2000.

Morrissey & The Smiths

Morrissey, The Smiths

For most of the 1980s,
Manchester, and much of the British popular music scene, was
dominated by one group, The Smiths, acclaimed as the most important
group in Britain in the 1980s. Formed in 1982 as a songwriting
partnership by Steven Patrick Morrissey (known simply as “Morrissey”
) and Johnny Marr. Later they were joined by drummer, Simon
Wolstencroft, later replaced by Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke
(bass). The lead singer, Morrissey, was a role model and idol
for teenagers. His simple, often banal music and lyrics stood
out against commercialism, image and consumerism. Morrissey
was shy and reclusive, despite the adulation of the cult following
he engendered. Many later groups modelled themselves on The
Smiths. Music and albums include :

  • Strangeways Here We Come
  • Hatful of Hollow
  • The Smiths
  • Meat is Murder
  • The Queen is Dead
  • Louder Than Bombs
  • Rank
  • The Charming Man
  • Suffer Little Children

In the last few years Morrissey
has returned to public performing after a considerable period
out of the limelight. There are recurrent rumours that The Smiths
may one day reform.

The Stone Roses

Ian Brown - The Stone Roses

An initially controversial
group, boycotted by local media for their “yobbo pop band punk”
image. Appeared in 1985 in local venues like the Boardwalk and
the Ha�ienda . The band explained their enigmatic name : “Something
hard and something pretty; something noisy but tuneful”. Overtly
Mancunian, streetwise and direct, the group included Ian George
Brown, John Squire, Alan John Wren (“Reni”), Andy Couzens and
Pete Garner. By 1989 they had reached number 4 in the music
charts and were by then a national phenomenon. Major albums
and songs include :

  • So Young
  • Tragic Roundabout
  • Mission Impossible
  • Elizabeth My Dear
  • Sally Cinnamon
  • Heart On The Staves
  • Gettin’ Plenty
  • The Stone Roses
  • Elephant Stone
  • Made of Stone

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