Simply Red

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The band was formed in 1984 by singer Mick "Red" Hucknall with three former members of the band Durutti Column - bassist Tony Bowers, drummer Chris Joyce, and keyboardist/brass player Tim Kellett - plus guitarist Sylvan Richardson and keyboardist Fritz McIntyre. The band signed to Elektra Records and released their debut album "Picture Book" in October 1985.

The band line up changed over the years. By 1996, after their fifth album "Life", Mick Hucknall was the only remaining original member, and the name Simply Red had become a trademark for him. After being dropped by their label EastWest in 2000, they established a website simplyred.com which also became their own label and released the album "Home" in 2003 and all subsequent releases under it.

Hucknall retired the name Simply Red after a farewell tour in 2010, but reunited in 2015 for a tour that marked the 30th anniversary of the band, and released the album "Big Love".

Their biggest hits are "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)", "Holding Back The Years" (1985), "The Right Thing" (1987), "It's Only Love", "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (1989), "Something Got Me Started", "Stars" (1991), "Fairground" (1995) and "Sunrise" (2003).
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960 452-1, EKT 27P Simply Red - Picture Book album art Simply Red Picture Book (Album) Elektra, Elektra 960 452-1, EKT 27P UK & Europe 1985 Sell This Version
60727-4 Simply Red - Men And Women album art Simply Red Men And Women (Album) Elektra, WEA, Elektra, WEA 60727-4 Turkey 1987 Sell This Version
CN-WEA 0446894.3 Simply Red - A New Flame album art Simply Red A New Flame (Album) WEA, Elektra CN-WEA 0446894.3 Peru 1989 Sell This Version
IC-064, 9109-L30588-L30597 Simply Red - Stars album art Simply Red Stars (Album, Comp) EastWest, EastWest IC-064, 9109-L30588-L30597 South Korea 1991 Sell This Version
TCC 037/038 Simply Red - Look At Me Now - Recorded Live In Concert 1990 album art SIMPLY RED Look At Me Now - Recorded Live In Concert 1990(2xCD, Boo) Tree Cool Cats TCC 037/038 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
ZWIC 5210 Simply Red - Life album art Simply Red Life (Album) EastWest ZWIC 5210 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
PL/SR01/01, PL/SR01/02 Simply Red - Planet Live! album art Simply Red Planet Live!(2xCD, Promo, Transcription) Austereo MCM, Austereo MCM PL/SR01/01, PL/SR01/02 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
AMCE-2883 Simply Red - Blue album art Simply Red Blue (Album) EastWest AMCE-2883 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
62481 - 2 Simply Red - Love And The Russian Winter album art Simply Red Love And The Russian Winter (Album) EastWest 62481 - 2 US 1999 Sell This Version
SRSAM007 Simply Red - Home album art Simply Red Home (Album) simplyred.com, simplyred.com, simplyred.com SRSAM007 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SRA002CD Simply Red - Simplified album art Simply Red Simplified (Album) simplyred.com, simplyred.com SRA002CD Canada 2005 Sell This Version
MOS042 Simply Red - Live In Cuba Volume Two album art Simply Red Live In Cuba Volume Two (Album) The Mail On Sunday, simplyred.com, Peoplesound MOS042 UK 2006 Sell This Version
MOS041 Simply Red - Live In Cuba Volume One album art Simply Red Live In Cuba Volume One(CD, Album, Promo) The Mail On Sunday, simplyred.com, Peoplesound MOS041 UK 2006 Sell This Version
0602517273375 Simply Red - Stay album art Simply Red Stay (Album) simplyred.com, simplyred.com 0602517273375 Malaysia 2007 Sell This Version
SRCL001 Simply Red - Live 2007 (30.05.2007) album art Simply Red Live 2007 (30.05.2007)(2xCDr, Ltd) Concert Live SRCL001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
CLCD277 Simply Red - Live At The Royal Albert Hall album art Simply Red Live At The Royal Albert Hall(2xCD, Ltd) Concert Live, simplyred.com CLCD277 2007 Sell This Version
SRCL001 Simply Red - Live 2007 (31.05.2007) album art Simply Red Live 2007 (31.05.2007)(2xCDr, Ltd) Concert Live SRCL001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SRCL001 Simply Red - Live 2007 (26.05.2007) album art Simply Red Live 2007 (26.05.2007)(2xCDr, Ltd) Concert Live SRCL001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SRCL001 Simply Red - Live 2007 (24.05.2007) album art Simply Red Live 2007 (24.05.2007)(2xCDr, Ltd) Concert Live SRCL001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SRCL001 Simply Red - Live 2007 (27.05.2007) album art Simply Red Live 2007 (27.05.2007)(2xCDr, Ltd) Concert Live SRCL001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SRCL001 Simply Red - Live 2007 (25.05.2007) album art Simply Red Live 2007 (25.05.2007)(2xCDr, Ltd) Concert Live SRCL001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Simply Red - 25 (Greatest Hits Live) album art Simply Red 25 (Greatest Hits Live) simplyred.com none Germany 2009 Sell This Version
none Simply Red - 25 (Greatest Hits Live)  album art Simply Red 25 (Greatest Hits Live) (2xCDr, Album) concert-online.com none 2009 Sell This Version
none Simply Red - Farewell (The Final Tour) album art Simply Red Farewell (The Final Tour) simfy live none Germany 2010 Sell This Version
50999 0 26676 2 1 Simply Red - Farewell (Live In Concert At Sydney Opera House) album art Simply Red Farewell (Live In Concert At Sydney Opera House) (Album) EMI 50999 0 26676 2 1 Mexico 2011 Sell This Version

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July 12, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
After being a Frantic Elevator for sometime in the early 80s, Mick Hucknall formed Simply Red with members of the early Durutti Column line-up (the one that recorded for Factory Sample EP). With three excellent pop albums ('Picture Book', 'Men & Women' and 'A New Flame') nineties saw rapid line-up changes finally featuring Hucknall as a sole representator with his, now-obvious alter ego. 'Stars' did not disappoint, but with every next album it was more and more a self-indulgent affair obscured with Hucknall's excellent but often affecting vocals that reached certain degree of irritation. Now heavily into the new millenium's plastic r'n'b Simply Red or whatever remained of 'them' sound no longer as distinctvie as they once were.

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