Elizabeth Gillies

Elizabeth Gillies

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Gillies in July 2015
Born Elizabeth Egan Gillies
(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 25)
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Liz Gillies
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2005–present

Elizabeth Egan Gillies[1] (born July 26, 1993[2][3]), sometimes known as Liz Gillies, is an American actress and singer. She began her career in commercials.

Her first television appearance was in The Black Donnellys (2007). From 2010 to 2013, she played Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She had a main role in the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015–2016). Since 2017, Gillies has starred as Fallon Carrington in The CW‘s series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.[4]

Gillies made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy.[5] She has also appeared in feature films, including the horror film Animal (2014) and the comedy film Vacation (2015).

Life and career[edit]

1993–2007: Early life and career[edit]

Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey. She has one younger brother, born 1996.[6] Gillies has stated that she is Irish and has an Italian grandmother and great-grandmother.[3][7]

Gillies’ acting career began at age 12, when she started going to local open casting calls. She quickly began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile.[8]

Her first television role was as a recurring character in The Black Donnellys. She has stated that she was not allowed to watch the finished show in its entirety because her parents felt it was not appropriate for her at the time. She appeared in three episodes.

In 2008, she played small roles in The Clique, Harold, and Locker 514. That year she was also cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown‘s new musical 13, alongside her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.[9]

Gillies remained with the production until its closure on January 4, 2009.[10]

2010–2014: Breakthrough[edit]

The cast of Victorious at the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

In 2010, Gillies was cast as bad girl and occasional antagonist Jade West in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, a sitcom revolving around teenagers at a performing arts high school in Hollywood. This marked her second time working alongside 13 co-star Ariana Grande. Regarding her Victorious character, Gillies said “It’s wonderful. I love playing Jade. I always say she’s not so much the ‘mean’ girl, but the ‘bad’ girl in so many ways. She has a lot of human qualities to her – she’s not just completely sociopathic. She’s sweet with her boyfriend. It’s nice to play a character with some depth.”[11] The show premiered on March 27, 2010. During her time on Victorious, Gillies was featured in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious and Victorious 2.0, including “Give It Up” (duet with Ariana Grande), and “Take a Hint” (duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song “You Don’t Know Me” for an episode of Victorious,[12] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.[13][14]

She lent her talents to other Nickelodeon shows, voicing the character of Daphne on the animated series Winx Club and recording Winx Club’s official song, “We Are Believix.” She also appeared in an episode of Big Time Rush and as a contestant on BrainSurge and Figure It Out.

Beginning in 2012, Gillies began playing small guest roles outside Nickelodeon. Notable appearances include White Collar and The Exes. In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an alternative rock album.[15][16] Victorious ended on February 2, 2013, after four seasons. Following the cancellation of the series, Gillies took some time off from acting.

In 2013, she was cast as Courtney in the musical adaptation of Jawbreaker and participated in a reading of the show in Manhattan.[17] The musical did not end up being taken to Broadway. On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet with Ariana Grande called “Santa Baby” for Grande’s Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.[18]

In 2014, Gillies appeared in the horror film Animal as Mandy and the Lifetime movie Killing Daddy, playing Callie Ross. Animal was filmed in the summer of 2013 in Manchester, Connecticut, and was produced by Drew Barrymore. The film also features Gillies’ former Winx Club co-star Keke Palmer and was released on iTunes June 17, 2014.[19]

2015–present: Further acting[edit]

In 2015, Gillies was cast as Heather in the remake of Vacation. The film received a wide release on July 29, 2015. She was then cast in the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll as Gigi, an aspiring singer and daughter of a former rock star named Johnny Rock (portrayed by the show’s creator Denis Leary).[20] The show premiered July 16, 2015 to mixed reviews, but Gillies’ performance as Gigi was well received. The show ran for two seasons, with the second-season finale airing on September 1, 2016. On September 9, 2016, FX declined to renew the show for a third season, effectively canceling the series.[21]

In 2017, Gillies was cast as Fallon Carrington in The CW television series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.[4][22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor
2008 The Clique Shelby Wexler Direct-to-video film
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator folks Short film
2012 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Daphne Voice role (English dub)
2014 Animal Mandy
2015 Vacation Heather
2018 Arizona Kelsey [24]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Black Donnellys Young Jenny 3 episodes
2009 The Battery’s Down Bat Mitzvah guest Episode: “Bad Bad News”
2010–2013 Victorious Jade West Main role
2011 iCarly Jade West Crossover special: “iParty with Victorious
2011 Big Time Rush Heather Fox Episode: “Big Time Secret
2011–2015 Winx Club Daphne Voice role; 24 episodes
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods Episode: “Upper West Side Story
2013 The Exes Tracy Cooper Episode: “Prelude to a Kiss”
2014 Sam & Cat Jade West Episode: “#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie”
2014 Killing Daddy Callie Ross Television film
2015–2016 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Gigi Main role
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Singer Voice role; episode: “The Penguin Who Loved Me”
2017–present Dynasty Fallon Carrington Main role
2018 Robot Chicken N/A Voice role; episode: “Gimme That Chocolate Milk”

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 Freak the Freak Out Victoria Justice
2011 Beggin’ on Your Knees Victoria Justice
2011 “All I Want Is Everything” Victoria Justice
2011 “Take a Hint” Victoria Justice and herself
2011 “Time in the Day” Mikey Deleasa
2012 “Time of Our Life” Big Time Rush
2012 “Make It in America” Victoria Justice
2012 “We Are Believix” Herself
2012 “You Don’t Know Me” Herself
2013 Right There Ariana Grande
2015 “Die Trying” Herself
2016 “Bang Bang” Herself


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 13 Lucy Original Broadway cast
2013 Jawbreaker: The Musical Courtney Workshop reading

Elizabeth Gillies discography

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Music videos 6
Singles 2
Soundtrack albums 2
Promotional singles 1

The discography of American singer Elizabeth Gillies consists of two soundtrack albums, two singles, one promotional singles, six music videos and one other album appearance.

Soundtrack album[edit]

Title Album details
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Songs from the FX Original Comedy Series)
  • Released: September 10, 2015
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
  • Label: FX Networks
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Songs from the FX Original Comedy Series) Season 2
  • Released: September 01, 2016
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
  • Label: FX Networks


As main artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
You Don’t Know Me[1] 2012 Victorious 3.0

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart
Santa Baby
(Ariana Grande featuring Liz Gillies)
2013 155 Christmas Kisses

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart

Take a Hint[4]
(with Victoria Justice)
2012 8 Victorious 2.0

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart

“Give It Up”[5]
(With Ariana Grande)
2011 23 Victorious

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2017 “My Buick, My Love and I”[6] Seth MacFarlane In Full Swing

Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh

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Actress (11 credits)
 2018 Ackley Bridge (TV Series)
Claire Butterworth

Episode #2.7 (2018) … Claire Butterworth
Episode #2.2 (2018) … Claire Butterworth
 2017 The Lodge (TV Series)

Finish (2017) … Rebeca
Hard to Say No (2017) … Rebeca
Mystery Guest (2017) … Rebeca (voice)
Call Me (2017) … Rebeca
Help (2017) … Rebeca
 2013 All Stars
 2011 Horrid Henry: The Movie
Prissy Polly
 2007 St. Trinian’s
School Band Member
 2005 Children in Need (TV Series)

Episode #1.26 (2005) … Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2002 Stan the Man (TV Series)

Episode #1.5 (2002) … Belinda
 2001/I Dream
 2001 Always and Everyone (TV Series)

Episode #3.5 (2001) … Tilly
 2000 This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (TV Mini-Series)
Gillian Oldfield

Episode #1.2 (2000) … Gillian Oldfield
Episode #1.1 (2000) … Gillian Oldfield
Walsh in September 2009
Born Kimberley Jane Walsh
(1981-11-20) 20 November 1981 (age 36)[1]
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Residence Barnet, London, England
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
  • model
  • television presenter
  • dancer
Years active 1986–present
Justin Scott (m. 2016)
Children 2
Family Sally Walsh (sister)
Amy Walsh (sister)
Adam Walsh (brother)
Musical career
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • musical theatre
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts
Website kimberleywalshofficial.com

Kimberley Jane Scott[2] (née Walsh; born 20 November 1981)[1] is an English singer-songwriter, model, television presenter, actress, and dancer. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV. The programme announced that Walsh had won a place as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud.[3] The group has achieved massive success, having twenty consecutive top ten singles (including four number ones) in the UK, six studio albums have all been certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), two of which went to number one in the UK, and accumulating a total of five BRIT Award nominations. In 2009, Girls Aloud won “Best Single” with their song “The Promise“.

During the group’s hiatus Walsh embarked mainly on acting and presenting, In July 2010, Walsh became a presenter on music talk-show, Suck My Pop and presented coverage for the BAFTA Awards. In 2011, Walsh starred in Horrid Henry: The Movie as Prissy Polly. Musically, Walsh has featured on Aggro Santos‘s “Like U Like“. In 2012 Walsh made her West End theatre debut, playing Princess Fiona in the London production of Shrek the Musical. Walsh fronted the 2009 Autumn/Winter collection for the fashion chain New Look and, in January 2011, Walsh was revealed as the new face of Puma AG. In 2012, Walsh took part in Strictly Come Dancing, where she finished as one of the runners-up. Walsh’s net worth was estimated at £7 million as of 2014.[4]

Early life[edit]

Walsh was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire,[1][5] the daughter of John and Diane Walsh. She grew up with three siblings, Sally Walsh, Amy Walsh and Adam Walsh in Allerton, West Yorkshire.[1] Sally played the character of Lyn Hutchinson on the soap opera Emmerdale between 1997 and 2000,[1] and Amy joined the show’s cast in 2014.[6]

Walsh attended Sandy Lane Primary School, Stoney Lee Middle School, and Beckfoot Grammar School,[7] and had her first taste of fame appearing in an advert as a child along with sister Sally in an Asda advert. She starred as Young Cosette in a regional production of Les Misérables and starred in ITV‘s The Book Tower in 1986.[8] Walsh attended the Bradford theatre school, Stage 84, and briefly taught there.

Music career[edit]

Girls Aloud[edit]

Walsh auditioned for the reality television show Popstars The Rivals in 2002 with the song “Where Do Broken Hearts Go“.[9] Several thousand applicants attended auditions across the UK in hope of being selected. Ten girls and ten boys were chosen as finalists by judges Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Geri Halliwell. Walsh did not initially make it into the group of ten female contestants who were to appear on the show. However, when another contestant was disqualified on a technicality, she found herself on the show. These finalists then took to the stage participating in weekly Saturday night live performances which alternated weekly between the girls and boys. Each week, the contestant polling the fewest phone votes was eliminated, until the final line-ups of the groups emerged. Walsh joined Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Cheryl Tweedy to comprise the new girl group Girls Aloud, formed through the show by a public vote on 30 November 2002.

Walsh performing on tour with Girls Aloud in 2008

The group’s debut single “Sound of the Underground” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one.[10] Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one.[11] The group released their debut album Sound of the Underground in May 2003,[12] which entered the charts at number two and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) later the same year. Their singles “I’ll Stand by You“, “Walk This Way“, and “The Promise” have charted at number one. Two of their albums have reached the top of the UK Albums Chart: their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008’s Out of Control, both of which entered the chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold.[13]

They also achieved seven certified albums and have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for “The Promise”.

The group’s musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud’s collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim,[14] due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records lists them as “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2007 edition. They also hold the record for “Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group” in the 2008 edition, and are credited again for “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone.[15][16]

In July 2009, Girls Aloud announced they would take a year-long hiatus to pursue solo projects.[17] In August 2010, bandmate Nicola Roberts revealed that she was not anticipating a reunion of Girls Aloud until 2012.[18] Walsh had revealed that she does not think it is possible Girls Aloud will ever “officially break up”. She explained that they are planning to tour again and will probably take breaks from time to time, doing solo projects but they will never permanently go their separate ways.[19]

After Girls Aloud’s three years of hiatus, the group reunited for their 10th anniversary. The group released their new single, “Something New” on 18 November 2012. The music video for the song was filmed in October 2012, and premiered on YouTube on 19 October 2012.[20] The song was also the official charity single for Children in Need in 2012. The group released their second greatest hits compilation, Ten on 26 November 2012. In 2013, the group embarked on Ten – The Hits Tour 2013. They announced their split soon after the tour ended.[21][22]

Solo work[edit]

It was first rumoured that Walsh was about to make a record deal with her band’s record label, Fascination Records,[23] although nothing has been confirmed. Soon after the rumour, Walsh confirmed on Suck My Pop, a programme that she co-hosts on the television channel Viva in the United Kingdom, that she will feature on English rapper Aggro Santos‘ upcoming single, “Like U Like“. The track will be her first step away from Girls Aloud as a singer. Walsh was asked for OK! Magazine: “Kimberley, there are rumours, that you will be releasing a solo album…” and Walsh said: “Gosh! I haven’t got any plan to do that. Gary Barlow signed Aggro Santos and he asked me to sing Like U Like, and I’ve done a song for the Horrid Henry film that I’m in titled “Everybody Dance”. I’m not sure about doing anything big on my own just yet.” In 2012 she made her West End theatre debut, playing Princess Fiona in the London production of Shrek the Musical. The announcement came after Amanda Holden announced her pregnancy in August 2011.[24][25] Walsh teamed up with Alfie Boe to record a version of Queen’s “One Vision” as the Official Olympic Team Great Britain Single. Walsh has also performed with several artists including Neyo with “Hate That I Love You”, Ronan Keating’s “No Matter What” and James Cullum with “Rainy Days and Mondays”. In August 2012 it was announced that Walsh is in discussions with Gary Barlow to release a solo album for a 2013 release.

On 7 September 2012, Walsh was announced as one of the 14 celebrities, competing in tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[26] Her professional partner is last year’s runner-up Pasha Kovalev.[27] She received 3 perfect 40s during the series, and she finished as one of the runners-up alongside presenter Denise Van Outen, behind the winner Olympian Louis Smith.

On 4 February 2013 Walsh released, through Decca Records, her debut album Centre Stage which features a series of popular musical tunes as well as two brand new tracks.[28]

In July 2013 announced in the Daily Mail that she is also back in the studio recording her second studio album for 2014.

Walsh has written her own autobiography, called A Whole Lot of History. The book will be released on 26 September 2013. Walsh has also announced that book signings will be happening across the UK.

In March 2014, Walsh took part in recording England’s 2014 World Cup song. She collaborated with the likes of fellow pop stars Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton, Conor Maynard, Katy B and Pixie Lott, on “Greatest Day”, a track originally performed by British band, Take That. The track was produced by Gary Barlow and recorded at Sarm Studios in London. The track also featured past footballers such as Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Geoff Hurst, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle and Dion Dublin on backing vocals.[29]



Before Walsh became a member of Girls Aloud, she had worked in theatre and acting.[30] In 2000 Walsh appeared in the television series This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper as Gillian Oldfield, and starred in a BBC Educational Schools programme called Focus. In the same year, Walsh applied for the role of Maria Sutherland in Coronation Street. However, she lost out to Samia Ghadie.[31] In 2001, Walsh played Tracy in Dream Back. In 2007, alongside her bandmates she appeared in St. Trinian’s playing a school band member. In 2008 she and bandmate Nicola Roberts had small parts in Britannia High, in which they played themselves. Walsh has recently stated that she would like to star in a musical in the future, playing a stage role.[32] In late 2010, Walsh landed a role in the live-action 3D family comedy film Horrid Henry: The Movie as the titular character’s overactive cousin Prissy Polly, with the film being released on 29 July 2011. Walsh also appeared in the 2013 movie All Stars, alongside Theo Stevenson once again, who she appeared with first in Horrid Henry: The Movie. She plays the minor role of his character’s mother.

On 5 October 2011 through 21 May 2012 she made her West End theatre debut, playing Princess Fiona in the London production of Shrek the Musical. The announcement came after Amanda Holden announced her pregnancy in August 2011.[24][25] Originally signed on until 27 February 2012, she extended her run to 21 May 2012. She subsequently returned to the West End stage in October 2015, playing the role of Jovie in Elf: The Musical.[33]

In 2018 she was cast in series two of Ackley Bridge as the character, Claire Butterworth.


Walsh appeared in Let’s Dance for Sport Relief as a panellist and also fronted coverage of the BAFTA Awards for MTV on her own programme Kimberley Walsh at the BAFTAS in 2010 and in the summer of 2010 hosted sky 1 documentary “Girl in the Blue Jeans”. She also presented coverage for The X Factor live from South Shields on the day of the final in 2009 for Joe McElderry. On 17 – 18 June 2010, Walsh hosted Channel 4’s The 5 O’Clock Show with Stephen Mulhern. Walsh appeared in her own documentary for Sky 1 named Kimberley Walsh: Blue Jean Girl which aired on Wednesday, 17 June 2010. On the same day, Walsh appeared on This Morning to promote the show. Walsh later became a presenter of new music talk-show, titled Suck My Pop, on Viva. Walsh also starred as a judge for ITV‘s entertainment show Born To Shine.

On the 9 April 2016, Walsh co-presented Weekend Brunch the Grand National Day special with Tim Lovejoy.

Other ventures[edit]

Walsh climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief in March 2009.[34] The climb, organised by Gary Barlow, was also undertaken by fellow Girls Aloud member Cheryl, Alesha Dixon, Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Chris Moyles, Ben Shephard, Ronan Keating and Barlow himself. Between 3 February and 23 March 2009, Walsh, Cole, Barlow, Moyles and Cotton also raised money for Comic Relief by providing the voice for the BT Speaking Clock.[34] As of 26 August 2009, Walsh is modelling for the clothing line New Look following in the footsteps of Lily Allen and Alexa Chung.[35] Walsh became OK! magazine’s new weekly columnist in August 2010. The column is called “Kimberley Calls The Shots“.[36]

She was also named as the new face and hair of Schwarzkopf for a reported 6 figure deal.[37] In March 2011, Walsh teamed up with Tess Daly and Joanna Page to work with Maltesers to promote Red Nose Day 2011.[38] In January 2011, Walsh was revealed as the new face of Puma AG BodyTrain fitness toner wear.[39] In May 2011, Walsh was named as the face of Right Guards Xtreme Dry Range.[40]Most recently, Kimberley became the face of the Forecourt Trader Awards – famously stamping her mark on the occasion with her presentation of the ‘Best forecourt loo’ award.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In September 2012, Walsh was revealed as one of the fourteen celebrities, competing in the tenth series of the BBC reality dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev. On 22 December 2012, Walsh and Kovalev became the joint runners-up in the final, along with Denise van Outen and losing to Louis Smith.

Strictly Come Dancing performances
Week # Dance/Song Judges’ scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / “Domino 7 7 7 7 No elimination
2 Foxtrot / “Someone Like You 7 6 6 7 Safe
3 Quickstep / “Get Happy 7 7 7 8 Safe
4 Paso Doble / “Hungry Like the Wolf 8 8 7 8 Safe
5 Salsa / “Naughty Girl 8 8 8 9 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / “A Thousand Years 8 8 9 9 Bottom two
7 Samba / “Livin’ la Vida Loca 8 8 9 9 Safe
8 Tango / “When Doves Cry 8 9 8 9 Safe
9 Jive / “Land of Thousand Dances 9 8 8 9 Safe
10 Cha-Cha-Cha & Tango Fusion / “It’s Raining Men 10 10 10 10 Safe
11 American Smooth / “Fever
Charleston / “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
12 Viennese Waltz / “A Thousand Years
Showdance / “Crazy in Love
Tango / “When Doves Cry

Personal life[edit]

Walsh married long-term partner Justin Scott, a former member of the British boyband Triple 8, on 30 January 2016.[41] Together, the couple have two sons.[42]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Centre Stage 18 99 23


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 “Everybody Dance” Horrid Henry: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2013 One Day I’ll Fly Away Centre Stage
“—” denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 Like U Like
(Aggro Santos featuring Kimberley Walsh)
8 13 AggroSantos.com
2012 “One Vision”
(with Alfie Boe)
Team Great Britain
2014 “The Road”
(Alistair Griffin featuring Kimberley Walsh)
196 N/A
“—” denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


Television and film[edit]

 Television and Film 

Year Title Role
1986 The Book Tower Small child
2001 Dream Tracy
2002 Popstars The Rivals Contestant (won)
2005 Girls Aloud: Home Truths Herself; Main Role
2006 Girls Aloud: Off the Record Herself; Series Regular
2007 The Friday Night Project Presenter; Guest Star
2007 St. Trinian’s Herself; Cameo
2008 The Passions of Girls Aloud Herself; Main Role
2008 The Girls Aloud Party Presenter & Performer
2008 Britania High Herself; Guest Star
2010 Suck My Pop Herself: Presenter
2011 Horrid Henry: The Movie Prissy Polly
2012 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant
2012 Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top Herself
2013 Ten: The Hits Tour Herself
2013 All Stars Mum
2016 The Great Sport Relief Bake Off Contestant
2016 Weekend Brunch Co-presenter
2017 The Lodge Rebecca
2018– Ackley Bridge Claire Butterworth


She placed number 37 in FHM’s annual list of “100 Sexiest Woman in the World” in 2009 ahead of bandmates Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding who were placed at 57, 58 and 87 respectively.[46] Walsh also won the Yorkshire Woman of the Year award 2009 in recognition not only for her professional success but also for her role as celebrity ambassador for the Breast Cancer Haven charity, which has a branch in Leeds. She was too awarded with the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman’s award in 2009.

The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds

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The Yardbirds
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The Yardbirds, 1966. From left: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty.
Background information
Origin London, England
Years active
  • 1963–1968
  • 1992–present
Associated acts
Website www.theyardbirds.com
Past members See: Members section for detailed list

The Yardbirds are an English rock band, formed in London in 1963. The band’s core lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith. The band is known for starting the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, all of whom ranked in the top five of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest guitarists.[4] The band had a string of hits throughout the mid-1960s, including “For Your Love“, “Heart Full of Soul“, “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down“.

A blues-based band noted for their signature “rave-up” instrumental breaks,[5] the Yardbirds broadened their range into pop, pioneering psychedelic rock and early hard rock; and contributed to many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, distortion and “fuzztone“.[citation needed] The band’s influence on both the music of the times and genres to come was great, and they inspired a host of imitators such as the Count Five and The Shadows of Knight.[6] Some rock critics and historians credit the Yardbirds with heavily contributing to, if not inventing, “the birth of psychedelic music”[7] and sowing the seeds of punk rock, progressive rock and heavy metal, among other genres.[6][5] Following the band’s split in 1968, Relf and McCarty formed Renaissance and guitarist Jimmy Page formed what became Led Zeppelin.

The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.[8] They were included as No. 89 in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time“, and ranked No. 37 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[9][10]

The Yardbirds reformed in the 1990s, featuring drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja as the only original members of the band. Dreja left the band in 2012, leaving McCarty as the sole original member of the band present in the lineup.



The band formed in the south-west London suburbs in 1963. Relf and Samwell-Smith were originally in a band named the Metropolitan Blues Quartet. After being joined by Dreja, McCarty and Top Topham, they performed at Kingston Art School in late May 1963 as a backup band for Cyril Davies. Following a couple of gigs in September 1963 as the Blue-Sounds, they changed their name to The Yardbirds, either an expression for hobos hanging around rail yards or prisoners hanging around a prison yard or a reference to seminal jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker.[citation needed]

The quintet achieved notice on the burgeoning British rhythm and blues scene when they took over as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, succeeding the Rolling Stones. Their repertoire drew from the Chicago blues of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James, including “Smokestack Lightning“, “Good Morning Little School Girl“, “Boom Boom“, “I Wish You Would“, “Rollin’ and Tumblin’“, “Got Love if You Want It” and “I’m a Man“.

Original lead guitarist Topham left and was replaced by Eric Clapton in October 1963. Crawdaddy Club impresario Giorgio Gomelsky became the Yardbirds manager and first record producer. Under Gomelsky’s guidance the Yardbirds toured Britain as the back-up band for blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II in December 1963 and early 1964,[11] recording live tracks on 8 December and other dates. The recordings would be released two years later during the height of the Yardbirds popularity on the album Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds.[12]

After the tours with Williamson, the Yardbirds signed to EMI‘s Columbia label in February 1964, and recorded more live tracks March 20 at the legendary Marquee Club in London. The resulting album of mostly rhythm and blues covers, Five Live Yardbirds, would not be released by Columbia for another nine months, and it failed to enter the UK albums charts.[13] Over time Five Live gained stature as one of the few quality live recordings of the era, and as a historical document of both the British “rock and roll boom” in the 1960s and Clapton’s time in the band.[14]

Breakthrough success and Clapton departure[edit]

The Clapton line-up recorded two singles, the blues “I Wish You Would” and “Good Morning, School Girl“, before the band scored its first major hit with the overtly pop “For Your Love“, a Beatles-influenced Graham Gouldman composition built around a four-chord progression (Em-G-A-Amin)[15] played on a harpsichord by Brian Auger. “For Your Love” hit the top of the charts in the UK and Canada and reached No. 6 in the United States, but it displeased Clapton, a blues purist whose vision extended beyond three-minute singles. Frustrated by the commercial approach, he abruptly left the band on 25 March 1965, the day the single was released.[16] Soon Clapton joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, but not before he recommended Jimmy Page, a prominent young session guitarist, to replace him. Content with his lucrative sessions work, and worried about both his health and the politics of Clapton’s departure, Page in turn recommended his friend Jeff Beck.[17] Beck played his first gig with the Yardbirds only two days after Clapton’s departure.

Jeff Beck’s tenure; pioneers of British psychedelia[edit]

Beck’s explorations of fuzz tone, reverb, feedback, sustain, distortion and hammer-on soloing fitted well into the increasingly raw style of British beat music. The Yardbirds began to experiment with eclectic arrangements reminiscent of Gregorian chants and various European and Asian styles while Beck infused a pervasive Middle Eastern influence into the mix. Beck was voted No. 1 lead guitarist of 1966 in the British music magazine Beat Instrumental.

The Beck-era Yardbirds produced a number of groundbreaking recordings. These included the hit singles “Heart Full of Soul“, “Evil Hearted You“/”Still I’m Sad”, a cover of Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man” (US only), “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down“,[18] and the Yardbirds album (known popularly as Roger the Engineer).

Beck’s fuzz-tone guitar riff on “Heart Full of Soul” introduced Indian raga-style guitar to the pop charts in the summer of 1965.[citation needed] The follow-up, the reverb-laden “Evil Hearted You“, furthered the Eastern influence, while its B-side, “Still I’m Sad”, featured the band chanting like Gregorian monks. The Diddley cover, “I’m a Man“, was hard blues rock, featured the Yardbirds’ signature “rave-up”, where the tempo shifted to double time and Relf’s harmonica and Beck’s scratching guitar raced to a climax before falling back into the original beat.

The band embarked on their first US tour in late August 1965. A pair of albums were put together for the US market: For Your Love and Having a Rave Up, half of which came from the earlier Five Live Yardbirds album, combined with new tracks such as “Mister, You’re a Better Man Than I[19] and “Train Kept A-Rollin“, both recorded with legendary producer Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, during the first U.S. tour.[20] There were three more US tours during Beck’s time with the band, and a brief European tour in April 1966.

1966 German picture sleeve cover for The Yardbirds 45 single “Shapes of Things”, 5-9910, copyright by Epic Records, 1966.

The single “Shapes of Things“, released in February 1966, “can justifiably be classified as the first psychedelic rock classic”, according to AllMusic.com writer Ritchie Unterberger[21] and heralded the coming of British psychedelia[22] three months before the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” B-side “Rain“.[23] Reaching No. 3 on the UK charts[22] and 11 in the U.S,[24] “Shapes” was also the Yardbirds’ first self-penned hit, the previous three UK A-sides having been written by Gouldman. Relf’s vague anti-war protest lyrics and Beck’s feedback-driven, Middle Eastern-influenced solo reflected the band’s increasing embrace of psychedelia,[21] as did the B-side “You’re A Better Man Than I” and the follow-up single, “Over Under Sideways Down“. The latter was released in May and featuring more quixotic lyrics by Relf and another raga-inspired guitar line by Beck.

The “Over Under Sideways Down” sessions were held in April 1966 and produced the album Yardbirds. It was commonly referred to as “Roger the Engineer“, which were the words scrawled under a cartoon by Dreja of engineer Roger Cameron that appears on the cover of the UK release.[25] In the US, an abridged version of the album, minus the cartoon cover art, was released as Over Under Sideways Down. The recording session marked the Yardbirds’ split with their manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, as writer Simon Napier-Bell took over management and shared production credit with Samwell-Smith.

The band, led by Relf and McCarty, eschewed cover material, writing the entire album themselves. They were allotted “a whole week” to record the album, according to Dreja,[26] resulting in a “crammed” albeit eclectic mix of blues, hard rock, monkish chanting (“Turn into Earth”, “Ever Since the World Began”) and African tribal rhythms (“Hot House of Omagararshid”). Beck’s guitar lines were a unifying constant throughout. Roger the Engineer was ranked at No. 350 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.[27]

The Beck/Page line-up[edit]

Roger the Engineer was released in June 1966. Soon afterwards, Samwell-Smith quit the band at a drunken gig at Queen’s College in Oxford[28] and embarked on a career as a record producer. Jimmy Page, who was at the show, agreed that night to play bass until rhythm guitarist Dreja could rehearse on the instrument.[28] The band toured with Page on bass, and Beck and Dreja on guitars, playing dates in Paris, the UK, the Midwestern US and the California coast.[29] Beck fell ill late in the latter tour, and was hospitalised in San Francisco. Page took over as lead guitarist at the Carousel Ballroom (San Francisco) on 25 August and Dreja switched to bass. Beck stayed in San Francisco to recuperate[7] with his girlfriend Mary Hughes,[30] while the rest of the band completed the tour. After the Yardbirds reunited in London, Dreja remained on bass and the group’s dual lead guitar attack was born.[7]

The Beck–Page lead guitar tandem created the avant garde psychedelic rock single “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” (with future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones on bass instead of Dreja), which the band recorded in July and September 1966. The single’s UK B-side was “Psycho Daisies“, two minutes of embryonic garage punk sludge[31] featuring Beck on vocals and lead guitar, and Page on bass. The single’s B-side in the US, “The Nazz Are Blue”, also features a rare lead vocal by Beck.

The Yardbirds featuring both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, taken from the Michelangelo Antonioni film Blowup, 1966

The Yardbirds also recorded “Stroll On”, a reworking of Tiny Bradshaw‘s “Train Kept A-Rollin’“, recorded for Michelangelo Antonioni‘s critically acclaimed film Blow-Up. Relf changed the song’s lyrics and title to avoid having to seek permission from the copyright holder. Their appearance in the film, about a hip fashion photographer (played by David Hemmings) undergoing an existential crisis in Swinging London, came after the Who declined and the In-Crowd were unable to attend the filming. Andy Warhol “Factory” band The Velvet Underground were also considered for the part but were unable to acquire UK work permits.[32] Director Antonioni instructed Beck to smash his guitar in emulation of the Who’s Pete Townshend.[33] The guitar that Beck destroys in the film was a cheap German-made Höfner instrument.

The Beck–Page line-up recorded little else in the studio. No live recordings of the dual-lead guitar lineup have surfaced, except for “Great Shakes”,[34] a commercial recorded for Great Shakes milkshakes using the opening riff of “Over Under Sideways Down“, included on the 1992 Little Games Sessions & More compilation.

One recording made by Beck and Page in May 1966, just weeks before Page joined the Yardbirds, was “Beck’s Bolero“. This piece was inspired by Ravel‘s “Bolero” and credited to Page (although Beck also claims to have written the song), with John Paul Jones on bass, Keith Moon on drums and Nicky Hopkins on piano. Around the time of this session, the idea of a “supergroup” involving Beck, Page, Moon and Who bassist John Entwistle originated, with Entwistle suggesting it would “go over like a lead balloon” and Moon quipping that they could call the band “Lead Zeppelin”.[35] Although all the musicians remained with their respective bands, Page recalled the conversation in 1968 when deciding on the name for Led Zeppelin. “Beck’s Bolero” was first released in 1967 as the B-side of Beck’s first solo single, “Hi Ho Silver Lining“, and was included the following year on the Jeff Beck Group‘s debut album, Truth.

The “swinging London” scene depicted in Blow-Up was evolving towards psychedelic London[36] but the Yardbirds kept up a frenetic touring schedule upon their return. They opened for the Rolling Stones’ 1966 UK tour[37] (with Ike & Tina Turner, Peter Jay and Long John Baldry also on the bill), released the “Happenings” single,[38] shot their scenes in Blow-Up,[39] and then headed back to the US for a show at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, and a slot on American Bandstand host Dick Clark‘s “Caravan of Stars” tour, which they joined in Texas.[40] After a few shows with the Caravan, Beck stormed out and headed back to San Francisco and Mary Hughes. The band, still in Texas, continued on the Dick Clark tour as a quartet, with Page as sole lead guitarist. They caught up with Beck in late November, at which point Beck officially left the band. Beck’s lack of professionalism, his temper, Relf’s drunkenness, the gruelling and unrewarding Dick Clark Caravan, and other pressures were cited, none of which involved Beck actually being fired.[7] Beck’s official departure was announced on 30 November in the US.[7] The Yardbirds finished their remaining US dates with Page as sole lead guitarist and headed back to the UK for more shows scheduled by Napier-Bell. Beck continued as a solo artist.

Final days: the Page era[edit]

Page subsequently introduced playing the instrument with a cello bow (suggested to him by violinist David McCallum, Sr.)[41] and the combination of a wah-wah pedal in addition to a distortion fuzzbox. Other innovations included the use of a taped noise loop in live settings (on the psychedelic dirge “Glimpses”) and open-tuned guitar to enhance the sitar-like sounds the Yardbirds were known for.

Meanwhile, the act’s commercial fortunes were declining. “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” had only reached No. 30 on the US Hot 100 and had fared worse in Britain. The band dropped Napier-Bell and entered into a partnership with Columbia Records hit-making producer, Mickie Most, known for his work with the Animals, Herman’s Hermits and Scottish singer Donovan, yet this move failed to reignite their chart success. After the disappointing sales of “Happenings”, the single “Little Games” released in March 1967 flopped so badly in the UK (where it was backed by “Puzzles”) that EMI did not release another Yardbirds record there until after the band broke up. A 1968 UK release of the “Goodnight Sweet Josephine” single was planned but cancelled. A version of Tony Hazzard‘s “Ha Ha Said the Clown” – on which only Relf performed – backed by the Relf–McCarty original “Tinker Tailor, Soldier Sailor”, was the band’s last single to enter the US top 50, peaking at No. 44 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1967.

Epic compiled the six earlier A-side hits and B-sides (“New York City Blues”, “Still I’m Sad”) with the heaviest material from For Your Love (“I’m Not Talking”) and Having a Rave Up (“Smokestack Lightning”), and released The Yardbirds Greatest Hits in the US in March 1967. The album featured the first appearance of “Happenings” and “Shapes of Things” on an album. Although it omitted “Psycho Daisies”, which had only been released in the UK as a B-side, Greatest Hits described to the Yardbirds’ growing American audience an almost complete picture of “what made the Yardbirds a great band”, according to AllMusic critic Bruce Eder.[42] In the description of author Greg Russo, the compilation also presented young garage rock musicians of the psychedelic era with a handy textbook of the band’s work during 1965–66.[43] Greatest Hits was the Yardbirds’ best-selling US album release, peaking at No. 28 on the Billboard charts.

The band spent the first half of 1967 touring Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and France (including a stop in Cannes to help promote Blow-Up). They also played a handful of shows in the UK in June, before heading to Vancouver to begin their fourth tour of North America with Page.[43]

Their final album, Little Games, was released in July 1967, again only in the US. It was a commercial and critical non-entity. A cover of Harry Nilsson‘s “Ten Little Indians” charted briefly in the United States.

The Yardbirds spent much of the rest of that year touring in the US with new manager Peter Grant, their live shows becoming heavier and more experimental. The band rarely played their 1967 Most-produced singles on stage, preferring to mix the Beck-era hits with blues standards and experimental psychedelia such as “Glimpses”, a Page-written piece from Little Games featuring bowed guitars, pre-recorded noise loops and a hypnotic wah-wah guitar groove. They also covered the Velvet Underground (“I’m Waiting for the Man“) and Bob Dylan (“Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine“) and American folk singer Jake Holmes, whose “Dazed and Confused“, with overhauled arrangement by Page and lyrics modified by Relf, was shaped in fall of 1967 and a live fixture of the final American tour in 1968. “Dazed and Confused” went down so well that Page selected it for the first Led Zeppelin record, on which it appears with further revised lyrics and Page credited as writer. (Page and Holmes would settle on an “Inspired by” credit for Holmes in 2011).[44]

By 1968, the psychedelic blues rock of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience was enormously popular, yet Relf and McCarty wished to pursue a style influenced by folk and classical music. Page wanted to continue with the kind of “heavy” music for which Led Zeppelin would become iconic. Dreja was developing an interest in photography. By March, Relf and McCarty had decided to leave but were persuaded by the other two to stay at least for one more American tour.

The band’s final single was recorded in January and released two months later. Reflecting the divergences of the band members and their producer, the A-side, “Goodnight Sweet Josephine”, was another Mickie Most-produced pop single, while the B-side, “Think About It”, featured a proto-Zeppelin Page riff and snippets of the “Dazed and Confused” guitar solo. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

A concert and some album tracks were recorded in New York City in March and early April (including the unreleased song “Knowing That I’m Losing You”, an early version of a track that would be re-recorded by Led Zeppelin as “Tangerine“).[45] All were shelved at the band’s request, but after Led Zeppelin became successful Epic tried to release the concert material as Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page. The album was quickly withdrawn after Page’s lawyers filed an injunction.

The Yardbirds played their final shows on 31 May and 1 June at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and on 4 and 5 June at the Spring Fair at the Montgomery International Speedway in Alabama. The Los Angeles shows were documented in the bootleg release Last Rave-Up in L.A. The Yardbirds announced the departure of Relf and McCarty in a press release on 12 June (“Two Yardbirds Fly”)[46] and returned home to play one last show, on 7 July 1968, at the College of Technology in Luton, Bedfordshire,[47][43] supported by the Linton Grae Sound.[48] Rolling Stone magazine announced the break-up by saying that Page “intends to go into solo recording work”.[49]

The Yardbirds, The New Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin[edit]

Page and Dreja, with a tour of Scandinavia scheduled for late summer 1968,[46] saw the break-up as an opportunity to put a new lineup together with Page as producer and Grant as manager. Page initially described his vision for the new band as “a new sort of collage of sound” that would include mellotron keyboard while still featuring the guitar.[50] Procol Harum‘s B.J. Wilson, Paul Francis and session man Clem Cattini, who had guested on more than a few Yardbirds tracks under Most’s supervision, were considered as drummers.[43] Young vocalist and composer Terry Reid was asked to replace Relf but declined because of a new recording contract with Most and recommended the then-unknown Robert Plant.[51][52] Plant, in turn, recommended his childhood friend John Bonham as a drummer.[53] Bassist/keyboardist/arranger John Paul Jones – who had worked with Page on countless sessions, including several with the Yardbirds – approached Page and offered his services;[54] Dreja bowed out to pursue a career as a rock photographer.[43] Rehearsals began in mid-August; in early September, Page’s revised Yardbirds embarked as the New Yardbirds on the Scandinavian tour, after which the band returned to the UK to produce the debut Led Zeppelin album.

While Page’s new roster still played a few songs from the Yardbirds’ canon – usually “Train Kept a-Rollin’,” “Dazed and Confused” or “For Your Love” and snatches of Beck’s “Shapes of Things” solo – a name (and identity) change was in order in October 1968. They appeared on contracts, promotional material, ticket stubs[55] and other collateral as “The Yardbirds” or “The New Yardbirds” for three shows in October 1968, with the Marquee Club date reported as the Yardbirds’ “farewell London appearance”[56] and the Liverpool University show 19 Oct. announced as the Yardbirds’ “last ever appearance”.[57] This may have been motivated, at least in part, by a cease-and-desist order from Dreja, who claimed that he maintained legal rights to “The Yardbirds” name,[58] although most sources indicate that Page and Grant fully intended to change the name after they returned from Scandinavia with or without the nudge from Dreja.[59] From 19 October 1968 onwards, they were Led Zeppelin, the name taken from The Who bandmembers Moon and Entwistle’s “lead balloon” discussion of the “supergroup” that had played on the “Beck’s Bolero” sessions in May 1966.[35] The spelling of “lead” was changed to avoid confusion over the pronunciation. This effectively marked the end of the Yardbirds for the next 24 years.[60]

After the Yardbirds[edit]

Jim McCarty, drums, the Yardbirds, 1963–68, 1992–present

Relf and McCarty formed an acoustic rock band called Together and then Renaissance, which recorded two albums for Island Records over a two-year period. McCarty formed the band Shoot in 1973. Relf, after producing albums for Medicine Head (with whom he also played bass) and Saturnalia, resurfaced in 1975 with a new quartet, Armageddon; a hybrid of heavy metal, hard rock and folk influences, which now included former Renaissance bandmate Louis Cennamo, drummer Bobby Caldwell (previously a member of Captain Beyond and Johnny Winter), and guitarist Martin Pugh (from Steamhammer, Rod Stewart‘s An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, and most recently in 7th Order). They recorded one promising album before Relf died in an electrical accident in his home studio on 14 May 1976. In 1977, Illusion was formed, featuring a reunited lineup of the original Renaissance, including McCarty and Keith’s sister Jane Relf.

In the 1980s McCarty, Dreja and Samwell-Smith formed a short-lived but fun Yardbirds semi-reunion called Box of Frogs, which occasionally included Beck and Page plus various friends with whom they had all recorded over the years. They recorded two albums for Epic, the self-titled “Box of Frogs” (1984) and “Strange Land” (1986). McCarty was also part of ‘The British Invasion All-Stars’ with members of Procol Harum, The Creation, the Nashville Teens, the Downliners Sect and The Pretty Things.[61] Phil May and Dick Taylor of the Pretty Things, together with McCarty, recorded two albums in Chicago as the Pretty Things-Yardbirds Blues Band – The Chicago Blues Tapes 1991 and Wine, Women, Whiskey, both produced by George Paulus.

Handprints of the living members of the Yardbirds at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Left to right: Page, Beck, Dreja, McCarty, Clapton

The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Nearly all the original surviving musicians who had been part of the band’s heyday, including Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, appeared at the ceremony. (Original lead guitarist Top Topham was not included.[62]) Eric Clapton, whose Hall of Fame induction was the first of three, was unable to attend because of his obligations while recording and working on a show for the MTV Unplugged series. Accepting the induction on behalf of the late Keith Relf were his wife April and son Danny.


In 1992, Peter Barton from Rock Artist Management contacted Jim McCarty about the prospect of reforming the Yardbirds. McCarty was interested but only if Chris Dreja would agree, but at the time he thought it highly unlikely that Dreja would want to tour again. Barton then contacted Dreja, who agreed to give it a try. Their debut gig was booked at the Marquee Club in London along with the newly reformed Animals. It was a great success. The lineup featured John Idan handling bass and lead vocals. Barton managed the band and booked all their dates for over a decade; he still works with the band on occasion.

The Yardbirds at Langueux (France) 9 September 2006, left to right: John Idan, Jim McCarty (behind the drums) and Chris Dreja. Photo: Corentin Lamy.

In 2003, a new album, Birdland, was released under the Yardbirds name on the Favored Nations label by a lineup including Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty and new members Gypie Mayo (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Idan (bass, lead vocals) and Alan Glen (harmonica, backing vocals), which consisted of a mixture of new material mostly penned by McCarty and re-recordings of some of their greatest hits, with guest appearances by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash, Brian May, Steve Lukather, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, John Rzeznik, Martin Ditchum and Simon McCarty. Also, Jeff Beck reunited with his former bandmates on the song “My Blind Life”. And then there was the rare and improbable guest appearance on stage in 2005 by their first guitarist from the 1960s, Top Topham.

Since the release of Birdland, Mayo was replaced briefly by Jerry Donahue, and subsequently in 2005 by the then 20-year-old Ben King, while Glen has been replaced by Billy Boy Miskimmin from Nine Below Zero fame. In 2007 the Yardbirds released a live CD, recorded on 19 July 2006, entitled Live at B.B. King Blues Club (Favored Nations), featuring the McCarty, Dreja, Idan, King and Miskimmin line-up. The first episode of the 2007/08 season for The Simpsons featured the Yardbirds’ “I’m A Man” from the CD Live at B.B. King Blues Club (Favored Nations).

According to his website, Idan resigned from the Yardbirds in August 2008,[63] although his last gig with them was on Friday 24 April 2009, when they headlined the first concert in the new Live Room venue at Twickenham rugby stadium. This was also Glen’s last gig with the band after temporarily standing in when Miskimmin was unavailable. Idan and Glen were replaced by Andy Mitchell (lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar) and David Smale (bass, backing vocals), brother of the virtuoso guitarist Jonathan Smale. Dreja sat out the US spring 2012 tour to recover from an illness. It was announced in 2013 that he was leaving the band for medical reasons and would be replaced by original Yardbirds guitarist Topham.[64]

McCarty announced in December 2014 that the current lineup of the Yardbirds had disbanded. He told fans in an email that he would be “working on solo ventures and other Yardbirds projects in 2015.”[65] This has been proven to be untrue as the Yardbirds are on tour as of 2015.[66] In May 2015 Topham left the band and was replaced by Earl Slick.[67] Ultimately, Slick would not play with them.

In August 2015, it was announced they would play the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham, west London on 17 October with a line-up of Jim McCarty, John Idan, Ben King, David Smale and Billyboy Miskimmin. On 12 August 2015, it was announced that Boston-based guitarist Johnny A.[68] would become the newest member of the Yardbirds for their North American tour running from 30 October to 22 November 2015. Former Ram Jam harmonica player Myke Scavone joined the band at the end of 2015. On 15 April 2016, the band played at the Under the Bridge venue in London with a line-up of Jim McCarty, John Idan, Johnny A, Kenny Aaronson, and Billyboy Miskimmin.[69]

Godfrey Townsend replaces Johnny A in July 2018. Townsend had previously toured with John Entwistle, Alan Parsons and The Happy Together Tours.


Current members[edit]

  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals (1963–1968, 1982–1983, 1992–present), lead vocals (1992)
  • John Idan – lead vocals (1992–2009, 2015–present), lead guitar (1992–1994), bass (1994–2009), rhythm guitar (2015–present)
  • Kenny Aaronson – bass (2015, 2016–present)
  • Myke Scavone – harmonica, percussion, backing vocals (2015–present)
  • Godfrey Townsend – lead guitar (2018–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica (1963–1968), rhythm guitar (1966–1968)
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, percussion (1963–1966, 1982–1983, 1992–2013), bass (1966–1968), backing vocals
  • Paul Samwell-Smith – bass, backing vocals (1963–1966, 1983)
  • Anthony “Top” Topham – lead guitar (1963), rhythm guitar (2013–2015)
  • Eric Clapton – lead guitar, backing vocals (1963–1965)
  • Jeff Beck – lead guitar, backing vocals (1965–1966)
  • Jimmy Page – lead guitar (1966–1968), bass (1966), Backing vocals
  • Rod Demick – bass, harmonica, backing vocals (1992–1993)
  • Ray Majors – lead guitar, backing vocals (1994–1995)
  • Laurie Garman – harmonica (1994–1996)
  • Gypie Mayo – lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–2005)
  • Alan Glen – harmonica, percussion (1996–2003, 2008–2009)
  • Jerry Donahue – lead guitar (2004–2005)
  • Andy Mitchell – lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar (2009–2015)
  • Earl Slick – lead and rhythm guitars (2015)
  • David Smale – bass, backing vocals (2009–2014; 2015–2016)
  • Ben King – lead guitar (2005–2015)
  • Billy Boy Miskimmin – harmonica, percussion (2003–2008; 2016)
  • Johnny A. – lead guitar (2015–2018)

    The Yardbirds discography

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    The Yardbirds discography
    Studio albums 5
    Live albums 10
    Compilation albums 8+
    Video albums 3
    EPs 2
    Singles 15
    Soundtrack albums 1

    From their beginnings in 1962–1963 until their breakup in 1968, the Yardbirds released one studio album, one live album, nine singles, and two EPs in their native United Kingdom (a second live album with the Yardbirds serving as a back-up band for Sonny Boy Williamson II and a soundtrack album for which they contributed one song were also released during this period). As was the practice in the UK at the time, the Yardbirds’ singles (except one) and their first EP were not released on albums. In the US (where albums included singles), the Yardbirds released an additional two albums, a second studio album, a greatest hits album, and four additional singles. Demos for two songs recorded in 1963 were later released as a single in the Netherlands and Germany[1] and a single recorded for the Italian market was released during this period.[2]

    Since their breakup in 1968, a number of new albums have appeared. Besides numerous compilations, albums featuring additional live recordings and various demos and outtakes from 1963–1968 have been released. Since 1999, several recordings by the reconstituted Yardbirds have been released.[3]

    Original albums 1964–1968[edit]


    For Your Love and Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds (both US 1965) are made up of US-only tracks, plus singles, an EP, and tracks from Five Live Yardbirds (UK 1964).[4] Their third American album, Over Under Sideways Down (1966), is the same as the British Yardbirds (a.k.a. Roger the Engineer), except two tracks are not included.[5] The albums released in Canada correspond to the first three American albums, although some tracks were substituted and the cover art differs (For Your Love was retitled Heart Full of Soul a.k.a. Presenting The Yardbirds). Where two catalogue numbers are given, the album was released in monaural and stereo versions.

    List of albums with year, title, origin, label, and peak chart position
    Year Title Origin Label Peak
    6/1965 For Your Love US Epic (LN 24167/BN-26167) 96
    11/1965 Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds US Epic (LN 24177/BN 26177) 53
    7/1966 Yardbirds a.k.a. Roger the Engineer UK Columbia (SX 6063/SCX 6063) 20
    Over Under Sideways Down US Epic (LN 24210/BN 26210) 52
    7/1967 Little Games US Epic (LN 24313/BN 26313) 80

    Live albums[edit]

    List of live albums with year, title, origin, label, and peak chart position
    Year Title Origin Label Peak chart
    12/1964 Five Live Yardbirds UK Columbia (33SX 1662)
    1/1966 Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds UK Fontana (TL 5277)
    2/1966 US Mercury (MG 21071/SR 61071)
    “—” denotes live albums that did not chart

    Compilation albums[edit]

    List of compilations with year, title, origin, label, and peak chart position
    Year Title Origin Label Peak
    3/1967 The Yardbirds Greatest Hits US Epic (LN 24246/BN 26246) 28


    “Stroll On”, an updated remake of “Train Kept A-Rollin’“, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on dual-lead guitars, is the only Yardbirds contribution to the soundtrack. The film score is by Herbie Hancock.

    List of soundtracks with year, title, origin, label, and peak chart position
    Year Title[9] Origin Label Peak
    2/1967 Blow-Up – The Original Sound Track Album US MGM (E/SE-4447 ST) 192
    5/1967 UK MGM (C/CS 8039)
    “—” denotes soundtrack that did not chart

    Albums since 1969[edit]


    List of albums with year, title, label, and comments
    Year Title[10] Label Comments
    2003 Birdland Favored Nations (FN2280-2) recorded Los Angeles and London 2003, reached #25 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart[11]

    Live Albums[edit]

    List of live albums with year, title, label, and comments
    Year Title[10] Label Comments
    8/1971 Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page Epic (E 30615) recorded New York 1968; withdrawn shortly after release, but frequently bootlegged[12]
    1981 London 1963 – The First Recordings! L & R (44.001) unreleased live recordings and demo from 1963
    5/1991 Yardbirds …On Air
    (re-released as BBC Sessions (1999, Warner Archives 2-46694))
    Band of Joy (BOJCD 200) recorded by BBC 1965–68
    1999 Reunion Jam Mooreland St. recorded London 1992
    2003 Live! Blueswailing July ’64 Castle Music (06076-81331-2) unreleased live recordings from 1964
    2006 Reunion Jam Vol. II Mooreland St. recorded London 1992
    2007 Live at B.B. King Blues Club Favored Nations (FN2580-2) recorded New York 2006
    2014 Making Tracks Wienerworld live recordings from the 2010-11 tours

    Selected compilation albums[edit]

    Numerous Yardbird’s compilation albums issued by a number of record companies have been released over the years (AllMusic shows over 100 compilations).[13] The following lists some of the more notable and current releases:[14]

    List of compilations with year, title, label, and comments
    Year Title[14] Label Comments
    10/1970 The Yardbirds Featuring Performances by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page Epic (EG-30135) early US compilation featuring all three lineups, reached #155 on the Billboard 200
    8/1992 Little Games Sessions and More EMI USA (0777-7-98213-2 7) includes non-album singles and alternate takes/mixes
    8/2000 Cumular Limit Burning Airlines (Pilot 24) includes demos recorded in New York in 1968 and enhanced CD of four live songs from 1967 German TV show
    7/2001 Ultimate! Rhino (R2 79825) features selections spanning career from 1963 demos to 1968 last single
    2002 The Yardbirds Story
    (previously released in 1993 as Train Kept A-Rollin’ – The Complete Giorgio Gomelsky Productions)
    2002, Charly Records SNAB 905 CD most available Yardbird recordings from 1963–66 (before Yardbirds/Over Under Sideways Down), including previously unreleased 1963–64 demos and live recordings, and later alternate takes
    12/2011 Glimpses 1963–1968 Easy Action (EARS 035) mostly live recordings, including some unreleased and those previously scattered among various semi-official and bootleg releases
    11/2017 Yardbirds ’68 Remixed recordings from Anderson Theater 3/1968 and Columbia demos from 4/68

    Original singles 1964–1968[edit]

    List of singles with year, title, origin, label, and peak chart position
    Year Title A-side / B-side Origin Label Peak
    5/1964 I Wish You Would” / “A Certain Girl” UK Columbia (DB 7283)
    8/1964 US Epic (5-9709)
    10/1964 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” / “I Ain’t Got You” UK Columbia (DB 7391) 44
    3/1965 For Your Love” / “Got To Hurry” UK Columbia (DB 7499) 3
    4/1965 US Epic (5-9790) 6
    6/1965 Heart Full of Soul” / “Steeled Blues” UK Columbia (DB 7594) 2
    7/1965 US Epic (5-9823) 9
    10/1965 Evil Hearted You” / “Still I’m Sad” UK Columbia (DB 7706) 3
    I’m a Man” / “Still I’m Sad” US Epic (5-9857) 17
    2/1966 “Questa Volta”[a] / “Paff…Bum” Italy Ricordi International
    (SIR 20-010)
    Shapes of Things” / “You’re a Better Man Than I UK Columbia (DB 7848) 3
    “Shapes of Things” / “New York City Blues” [b] US Epic (5-10006) 11
    3/1966 Boom Boom” / “Honey In Your Hips” NL,
    CBS (1433)
    5/1966 Over Under Sideways Down” / “Jeff’s Boogie” UK Columbia (DB 7928) 10
    6/1966 US Epic (5-10035) 13
    10/1966 Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” / “Psycho Daisies” UK Columbia (DB 8024) 43
    11/1966 “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” / “The Nazz Are Blue” US Epic (5-10094) 30
    3/1967 “Little Games”[c] / “Puzzles” US Epic (5-10156) 51
    4/1967 UK Columbia (DB 8165)
    7/1967 “Ha Ha Said The Clown”[d] / “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor” US Epic (5-10204) 45
    10/1967 Ten Little Indians[e] / “Drinking Muddy Water” US Epic (5-10248) 96
    3/1968 “Goodnight Sweet Josephine”[f] / “Think About It” US Epic (5-10303) 127
    “—” denotes singles that did not chart

    Extended plays[edit]

    List of EPs with year, title, origin, label, and peak chart position
    Year Title Origin Label Peak
    8/1965 Five Yardbirds EP
    (“My Girl Sloopy“, “I’m Not Talking”, “I Ain’t Done Wrong”)
    UK Columbia (SEG 8421) 5
    1/1967 Over Under Sideways Down EP
    (“Over Under Sideways Down“, “I Can’t Make Your Way”, “He’s Always There”, “What Do You Want”)
    UK Columbia (SEG 8521)
    “—” denotes EP that did not chart


    List of videos with year, title, label, and comments
    Year Title[18] Label Comments
    12/1966 Blow-Up MGM The group performs “Stroll On“, reissued on DVD by Warner Home Video in 2004
    11/1995 Yardbirds: Where the Guitar Gods Played WEA reissued on DVD by Rhino in 2003
    2012 Making Tracks Wienerworld released as an audio CD in 2014

Mickie Most

Mickie Most

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Mickie Most
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Background information
Birth name Michael Peter Hayes
Born (1938-06-20)20 June 1938
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Died 30 May 2003(2003-05-30) (aged 64)
London, England
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) Record producer, arranger, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1958–2003
Labels Decca, RAK
Associated acts The Animals, Arrows, Herman’s Hermits, Donovan, Suzi Quatro, and Jeff Beck

Mickie Most (born Michael Peter Hayes; 20 June 1938 – 30 May 2003[1]) was an English record producer,[2] with a string of hit singles with acts such as the Animals, Herman’s Hermits, the Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu, Suzi Quatro, Hot Chocolate, Arrows, Racey, and the Jeff Beck Group, often issued on his own RAK Records label.[3]


Early career[edit]

Most was born as Michael Peter Hayes in Aldershot, Hampshire. The son of a regimental sergeant-major, he moved with his parents to Harrow in 1951. He was influenced by skiffle and early rock and roll in his youth. Leaving school at 15, he worked as a singing waiter at London’s The 2i’s Coffee Bar where he made friends with future business partner Peter Grant, and formed a singing duo with Alex Wharton (aka Alex Murray) who billed themselves as the Most Brothers. They recorded the single “Takes A Whole Lotta Loving to Keep My Baby Happy” with Decca Records before disbanding. Wharton later went on to produce the Moody Blues single “Go Now“. After changing his name to Mickie Most in 1959, he travelled to South Africa with his wife Christina, and formed a pop group, Mickie Most and the Playboys. The band scored 11 consecutive No. 1 singles there, mostly with cover versions of Ray Peterson, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran songs. Returning to London in 1962, Most appeared on package tours as well as recording “Mister Porter”, a No. 45 hit in the UK Singles Chart in July 1963 and had moderate success with ‘The Feminine Look’ in 1963, this latter featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar and heralding early British heavy rock.[4]


Becoming tired of touring clubs, Most decided to concentrate on other aspects of the music industry. His first job was selling records in stores and displaying them on racks (later inspiration for his record label, RAK) before finding a niche with production for Columbia Records. After spotting The Animals at Newcastle‘s Club A-Go-Go, he offered to produce their first single, “Baby Let Me Take You Home“, which reached No. 21 in the UK Singles Chart. Their follow-up 1964 single, “The House of the Rising Sun“, became an international hit.

Most had success with Herman’s Hermits after being approached by their manager Harvey Lisberg at Derek Everett’s suggestion.[5] Their first Most production, “I’m into Something Good“, went to No. 1 in 1964, beginning a run of single and album sales (ten million over 12 months), the group for a time challenging The Beatles in popularity in the United States. His down-to-earth handling of the band, his business acumen and knack for selecting hit singles established Most as one of the most successful producers in Britain and kept him in demand throughout the 1960s and 1970s.[citation needed]

In July 1964, Most scored another top 10 hit with the Nashville Teens‘ cover of the John D. Loudermilk song “Tobacco Road“. In September 1964, with Most at the control board, Brenda Lee recorded “Is It True” and “What’d I Say“. “Is It True” was released in England and later in the US, and it became a hit and a gold record. “What’d I Say” became another hit throughout Europe but was never released in the US. Most had equal success with other artists for whom he produced chart-topping albums and singles between 1964 and 1969, notably Donovan with “Sunshine Superman“, “Mellow Yellow“, “Jennifer Juniper“, and “Hurdy Gurdy Man“, and Lulu‘s hits “To Sir, with Love“, “The Boat That I Row”, “Boom Bang-a-Bang” (which finished equal first in the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest), “Me the Peaceful Heart”, and “I’m a Tiger”. Most also produced the final studio single of the 1960s by The Seekers, “Days of My Life”, in 1968, and Nancy Sinatra‘s “The Highway Song” in 1969. Additionally in the 1960s, Most signed and produced artists such as singer-guitarist Terry Reid,[6] and all-girl rock band The She Trinity.

Most’s productions were backed by London-based session musicians including Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass guitar and arrangements, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and Bobby Graham on drums. He produced Jeff Beck‘s hits “Love is Blue” and “Hi Ho Silver Lining” and the Jeff Beck Group albums Truth and Beck-Ola. He teamed the Beck group with Donovan for the single “Barabajagal“. By 1967, after commercial and critical failure of The Yardbirds album Little Games, he decided to steer clear of rock groups. The Yardbirds objected to his insistence that every song be cut to three minutes and that albums were an afterthought following the singles. His focused approach also led to a split with Donovan in late 1969. Most and Donovan reunited in 1973 for the album Cosmic Wheels on which Most was credited under his real name, Michael Peter Hayes.[7]

RAK Records[edit]

Despite these setbacks, Most set up his own production office at 155 Oxford Street, sharing it with his business partner Peter Grant. It was through Most’s association that Grant was asked to manage The Yardbirds. In 1968, Most and Grant set up RAK Management, but Grant’s involvement with The Yardbirds, which soon evolved into Led Zeppelin, meant Most had control in late 1969. RAK Records and RAK Music Publishing were launched in 1969. RAK Music Publishing has the copyright of such classic popular songs as “You Sexy Thing” composed by Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown and a half interest in the song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of the band Arrows. Both acts were produced by Most.[citation needed]

With RAK Records, Most’s success continued with folk singer Julie Felix‘s hit “El Condor Pasa“. Felix was the first artist signed to the label. Most then produced Mary Hopkin’s 1970 hit “Temma Harbour” for Apple Records, followed by her Eurovision Song Contest entry, “Knock, Knock Who’s There?“. In 1970, Most approached Suzi Quatro for a recording contract after seeing her on stage at a Detroit dance hall with the band Cradle (which also had Quatro’s sisters Arlene, Patti, and Nancy as members), while on a production assignment in Chicago. Quatro was among a growing roster of artists signed to RAK Records which included Alexis Korner‘s CCS, Arrows, Smokie (with Chris Norman) (originally spelt Smokey), Hot Chocolate, Angie Miller, Chris Spedding, and Heavy Metal Kids. Hiring the songwriting production team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, RAK scored several British number 1 singles with Suzi Quatro (“Can the Can” and “Devil Gate Drive“) and Mud (“Tiger Feet“, “Lonely This Christmas” and “Oh Boy“).

For RAK in the 1970s, Most also produced hits for New World, Duncan Browne, Cozy Powell, Tam White, Kandidate, and Racey, as well as Chris Spedding‘s self-titled 1976 album, which was Spedding’s fifth solo record. He also produced “We Vibrate”, the first 45 by punk band The Vibrators. In 1980, Most discovered Kim Wilde, who was doing backing vocals for her father Marty Wilde at a Luton recording session. After hearing her, Most signed Wilde who immediately scored a hit with the single “Kids in America” which reached number 2 in the UK, and number 25 on the US Billboard chart.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Most was a panellist on the television talent show New Faces (ITV) where his tough assessments of contestants foreshadowed the style of Simon Cowell. He was producer of Revolver, a TV programme devoted to punk rock which was at odds with his ‘studio factory’ approach to pop music. Most asked Kate Bush to appear as guest on the pilot episode. In the 1980s, the band Johnny Hates Jazz, which featured Most’s son Calvin Hayes, was also signed to RAK Records. RAK sold out to EMI in 1983 but was revived in 1988. Most was one of the first producers to own the rights to his own records and RAK Studios, which opened in 1976 in St John’s Wood, remains active.[8]

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1981 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.[9]

In 1995, Most’s fortune was estimated at £50 million and he appeared in The Sunday Times annual Rich List among the Top 500 in England. His house, in Totteridge Lane, London, was claimed to be the largest private home in the UK, worth an estimated £4 million. His production work diminished after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2000.[citation needed]


On 30 May 2003, Most died at home aged 64 from peritoneal mesothelioma.[1] He was cremated at Golders Green crematorium. He is survived by his wife Christina and their three children; Calvin, Nathalie, and Cristalle. A blue plaque to commemorate his life, donated by the Heritage Foundation/Musical Heritage,[10] was unveiled on RAK Studios on 16 May 2004. The lunch and auction that followed raised £40,000 for research into mesothelioma.


Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best of Mickie Most and His Playboys (1994)
  • LuluTo Sir With Love: The Complete Mickie Most Recordings (2005) EMI

Graham Gouldman

Graham Gouldman

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Graham Gouldman
Graham Gouldman 10cc.jpg

Gouldman performing with 10cc in 2006.
Background information
Born (1946-05-10) 10 May 1946 (age 72)
Origin Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Bass guitar
  • vocals
  • guitar
Years active 1963–present
Associated acts
Website gg06.co.uk

Graham Keith Gouldman (born (1946-05-10)10 May 1946) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the only constant member of the art rock band 10cc.

Early life and 1960s pop career: 1946–1968[edit]

Gouldman was born in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England into a Jewish family. He played in a number of Manchester bands from 1963, including the High Spots, the Crevattes, the Planets and the Whirlwinds, which became a house band at his local Jewish Lads’ Brigade.

The Whirlwinds – comprising Gouldman (vocals, guitar), Maurice Sperling (vocals/drums), Bernard Basso (bass), Stephen Jacobson (guitar, bongos), Malcolm Wagner and Phil Cohen – secured a recording contract with HMV, releasing a recording of the Buddy Holly song “Look at Me”, backed with “Baby Not Like You”, written by Lol Creme, in June 1964.[citation needed]

In late 1964, Gouldman dissolved the Whirlwinds, and in February 1965, formed the Mockingbirds with Jacobson and Basso and a former member of fellow Manchester band the Sabres, Kevin Godley (drums). The Mockingbirds signed with the Columbia label, which rejected Gouldman’s first offering as a single – “For Your Love” (later a major hit for the Yardbirds) – and issued two singles, “That’s How (It’s Gonna Stay)” (February 1965, also issued in the US on ABC Paramount) and “I Can Feel We’re Parting” (May 1965). The band switched to the Immediate label for “You Stole My Love” (October 1965) and Decca for “One By One” (July 1966) and “How to Find a Lover” (October 1966).[1]

The band also began a regular warm-up spot for BBC Televisions Top of the Pops, transmitted from Manchester.[2] He recalled: “There was one strange moment when the Yardbirds appeared on the show doing ‘For Your Love’, which was a song that I’d written. Everyone clamoured around them – and there I was just part of an anonymous group. I felt strange that night, hearing them play my song.”[3]

In 1966–67, Gouldman recorded singles with two other bands, High Society and the Manchester Mob, both of which featured singer Peter Cowap.[4]

In March 1968, he stepped in as a temporary replacement for bassist Bob Lang in the Mindbenders, writing two of the band’s final singles, “Schoolgirl” and “Uncle Joe, the Ice Cream Man”. The band dissolved eight months later. Gouldman said his time with the band was depressing: “They were sliding down, they were pretty well finished by the time I joined them.”[3]

Gouldman signed a management agreement with Harvey Lisberg in 1965, and while working by day in a men’s outfitters shop and playing by night with his semi-professional band, he wrote a string of hit songs, many of them million sellers. Between 1965 and 1967 alone he wrote “For Your Love“, “Heart Full of Soul” and “Evil Hearted You” for the Yardbirds, “Look Through Any Window” (with Charles Silverman) and “Bus Stop” for the Hollies, “Listen People“, “No Milk Today” and “East West” for Herman’s Hermits, “Pamela, Pamela” for Wayne Fontana, “Behind the Door” for St. Louis Union (covered by Cher), “Tallyman” for Jeff Beck and “Going Home”, which was a 1967 Australian hit for Normie Rowe.

He wrote briefly for publishing house Robbins Music and producer Mickie Most in 1967, and then shifted base to the Kennedy Street Enterprises show business management offices in Manchester. He remained there for four years, recalling: “It was like an office. I used to go in there every morning at 10 o’clock and stay there, working on my songs, until I finished every evening at six o’clock. It was self-discipline and I need that.”[3]

A year later he released three singles as a solo artist, before recording his debut solo album, The Graham Gouldman Thing.[citation needed]

Writer for hire: 1969–1972[edit]

Gouldman’s reputation as a hit songwriter attracted the attention of bubblegum pop producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions, who invited him to New York to write formula bubblegum songs. In what he later called a “creative lowpoint”,[5]

Gouldman accepted. He recalled: “They wanted me to write and produce for them, so I figured, why not? Nothing else was happening for me at the time. All told I worked for them for three or four periods over the course of a year, just writing and recording, and had no time for anything else. I was totally involved in the whole Kasenetz-Katz thing while I was with them.”[6]

He said he was left exhausted and depressed by his dealings with Kasenetz and Katz. “In the mornings I would go into the office and start writing and after I had finished one song in a day, which was very high output for me, they’d come up to me and say: ‘Give us another song!’ And I’d say ‘OK’ – because I’m like that. They’d keep up the pressure so that I kept on writing. I was there in their offices working like that for six or eight weeks and when I flew home to Manchester I went straight round to see my doctor. I was feeling sick and could not eat. The doctor told me: ‘You are totally over-worked.’ I don’t think I’ve ever felt so depressed as I did when I came back from New York.”[3]

Gouldman said he was “grasping, sort of prostituting myself” in accepting the Kasenetz-Katz deal, which came with a cash advance. “That was a time when I had lost a little bit of confidence in my writing. I hadn’t had any hits for some time. I felt awful. I just didn’t seem to be keeping up with what other people were doing. It was very depressing.”[3]

One of his first tasks for Super K was writing and singing lead vocals on “Sausalito (Is the Place to Go)”, which was released in July 1969 under the name of the Ohio Express.[citation needed]

In December 1969, Gouldman convinced Kasenetz and Katz that the series of throwaway two-minute songs he was writing could all be performed and produced by him and three friends, Godley, Creme and former Mindbender Eric Stewart, at a fraction of the price of hiring outside session musicians. He proposed the quartet work at Strawberry Studios, a Stockport (Cheshire), recording studio in which he and Stewart were financial partners. Kasenetz and Katz booked the studio for three months.[citation needed]

Kevin Godley later recalled:[7]

We did a lot of tracks in a very short time – it was really like a machine. Twenty tracks in about two weeks – a lot of crap really – really shit. We used to do the voices, everything – it saved ’em money. We even did the female backing vocals.

When the three-months production deal with Kasenetz-Katz ended, Gouldman returned to New York to work as a staff songwriter for Super K Productions while the remaining three continued to dabble in the studio.[citation needed]

In late 1970, Gouldman returned to the UK to join Stewart, Godley and Creme – who had in the interim scored an international hit single with “Neanderthal Man” under the name of Hotlegs – on an abbreviated British tour supporting the Moody Blues.[citation needed]

10cc: 1972–1983[edit]

The four musicians continued work at Strawberry Studios, producing and backing artists including Cowap, Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana, Herman’s Hermits and Neil Sedaka, as well as recording quite a number of one-off singles on many different labels (RCA, Pye, etc.) using many different performer names (Festival, Tristar Airbus, The New Wave Band, Grumble, etc.). In July 1972, they were signed by entrepreneur, producer and recording artist Jonathan King and given the name 10cc.

Over the course of the next 23 years, 10cc scored three UK No.1 singles and five Top 10 albums, with Gouldman co-writing some of their biggest hits, including “The Wall Street Shuffle” (1974), “I’m Not in Love” (1975), “I’m Mandy, Fly Me” (1976), “Art For Art’s Sake” (1976), “The Things We Do for Love” (1977) and “Dreadlock Holiday” (1978).

When Kevin Godley and Lol Creme departed in 1976 to explore new musical territories, Gouldman remained with Stewart, continuing the band essentially as a two-piece, although with regular collaborators including Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess and Stuart Tosh. 1980’s Look Hear? album marked the end of the band’s run of chart success, and 1983’s Windows in the Jungle became the last 10cc album for almost a decade.

In 1979, Gouldman scored a minor hit with his single “Sunburn”, written for the Farrah Fawcett / Charles Grodin film of the same name. Two years later he produced the Pleasant Dreams album for the Ramones – a record dismissed by the band’s guitarist, Johnny Ramone, as “too slick”.

Wax tracks: 1984–1990[edit]

From 1984-90, Gouldman teamed with American singer Andrew Gold, with whom he had co-written material in 1981, to form Wax. They produced four albums. Gold explained how the partnership began:[8]

I was called by the (then) Head of A&R at Warner Brothers Lenny Waronker, who I had known for years. He asked if I was a fan of 10cc, and I told him that indeed I was, very much. He said the band had a new album they were releasing called Ten Out of 10, and he was of the opinion that, although the album was very strong, it might benefit the US audience to have a few additional cuts tailored more for the American ear. As he knew I was an Anglophile, we might hit it off well.

I said it would be an honour if the band said OK. I spoke to Graham and Eric by phone and soon I was in the UK, co-writing and co-producing three tracks for the album, which was a blast to do and turned out very well. During the course of my three-week stay, Eric, Graham and I fell in love, as it were, and soon they asked me to join the band, which was an extremely exciting offer. For various reasons, which now seem dumb to me, and after great consideration, I demurred in favour of pursuing my own career and returned to America.

But before long Graham and I were talking again, and he asked if I wanted to return to England to write and just kind of hang for a few weeks. I went and ended up staying for seven months. Eric had decided to take some time off from 10cc and Graham, ever happy to be working, hunkered down with me writing and recording in his home studio in Cheshire. Soon we realised that what we were doing was basically writing and recording a home made band album.

10cc again: 1992–1995[edit]

After a nine-year break, Gouldman and Stewart resurrected 10cc for 1992’s …Meanwhile album, which also featured performances by Godley, Creme and Gold. Three years later came the final album by the band, Mirror Mirror.

By then, the decades-long partnership between Gouldman and Stewart was apparently over: the pair each wrote and recorded six songs separately, in different countries, playing together on just one song; an acoustic reworking of “I’m Not in Love“. Two co-written songs were written during the …Meanwhile sessions.

The final album featured a song, “Ready to Go Home”, written by Gouldman in memory of his father, poet and playwright Hymie Gouldman, who had died in 1991. That song was later covered by Morten Harket (singer of the Norwegian pop group A-ha) on his 1995 debut album Wild Seed.

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraph, Gouldman spoke of his father’s influence on his life and career:

I’m always happy to talk about my father. He was the biggest influence on me. I always used to phone him during my 10cc days for help. Kevin called him “Hyme the Rhyme”. He loved words. He always taught me to be original. He had high standards. He was a genius. What he did for a living was incidental, it was the writing that he lived for. And some of that has rubbed off on me.[9]

During the late 1990s, Gouldman wrote with a few different writers; including Paul Carrack on his minor 1997 hit “The Way I’m Feeling Tonight”, and Kirsty MacColl on her final album, Tropical Brainstorm, in 2000.

Gouldman included a new version of “Ready to Go Home” on his 2000 solo album, And Another Thing…. On the liner notes of his solo album, he noted: “It reflects my feelings at the time. I suppose I was trying to put a positive slant on his passing, remembering all the things we had done together and his artistic legacy to me. The last verse of the song best reflects my feelings on this. This song has been recorded by many artists and remains one of my favourites. Very emotional.”

10cc featuring Graham Gouldman and Friends/Godley and Gouldman: 1999–present[edit]

Gouldman began touring as “10cc featuring Graham Gouldman and Friends”, with his band comprising Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess, Mike Stevens and Mick Wilson. They first performed in 1999, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Birmingham. After the release of his solo album, he got the lads back together to celebrate 30 years of 10cc in 2002, billed as “Graham Gouldman celebrates 30 years of 10cc”.[citation needed]

In January 2004, he reconvened with Kevin Godley to write more songs. Godley explained:

In a nutshell … unfinished business. In all the years we’ve known each other we’ve only written three pure, Godley-Gouldman songs. That, and a desire to find out if the music muscle still worked with someone I enjoyed and didn’t have to spend weeks getting to know.

In Gouldman’s words:

Kevin and I have always stayed in touch even though we haven’t actually worked together for many years, so I was delighted when he called to suggest we write some songs. When I asked “Why?” He said, “No reason … just to do it and see what happens.” A good enough reason for me. What followed was a series of writing and recording sessions … Something like the early days when we wrote and recorded for ourselves with one ear half cocked for something that broke the mould.
I always figured Mr. G had the best voice in the band, ironic then that he never sang lead on a 10cc single … Even I managed that. Now justice has been done. Kevin’s voice and razor sharp lyrics take us to places we haven’t visited before… Always a good place to start.[10]

In July 2006, Godley and Gouldman’s website offered four downloadable tracks: “The Same Road”, “Johnny Hurts”, “Beautifulloser.com” and “Hooligan Crane”. The songs are the initial ‘offering’ of a group of songs they have been working on over the past two years. During this period, Gouldman wrote the main riff in the McFly song “I’ve Got You”.

Gouldman and Friends toured the UK in 2009, simply billed as “10cc”. In August 2010, 10cc featuring Graham Gouldman headlined the Sunday bill at the Rhythm Festival.[11]

In April 2013, Gouldman and friends completed a sixteen date tour of the UK. The band were supported by singer-songwriter Garron Frith. In May 2013, tickets went on sale for Status Quo‘s annual UK Winter Tour of medium to large arenas, with 10cc as support.[citation needed]

In February 2014, it was announced that Gouldman would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 45th annual induction ceremony which was held in New York on 12 June at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.[12]

Gouldman toured as a member of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 2018 playing a Rickenbacker bass and performed Dreadlock Holiday.




  • Play Nicely and Share (2017) Wienerworld, UK; WNRCD5102


  • “Stop Stop Stop (or Honey, I’ll Be Gone)” / “Better To Have Loved And Lost” (1966) – UK Decca F-12334; US (no issue)
  • “The Impossible Years” / “No Milk Today” (1968) – UK (no issue); US RCA Victor 47-9453
  • “Upstairs, Downstairs” / “Chestnut” (1968) – UK RCA 1667; US (no issue)
  • “Pamela, Pamela” / “For Your Love” (1968) – UK (no issue); US RCA Victor 47-9584
  • “Windmills of Your Mind” / “Harvey’s Tune” (as The Graham Gouldman Orchestra) (1969) – UK Spark SRK-1026; US (no issue)
  • “Nowhere To Go” / “Growing Older” (1972) – UK CBS 7729; US (no issue)
  • “Sunburn” (1979) UK #52[13] Australia No. 26 – theme music to film Sunburn


    Graham Gouldman – Daylight (Rosala Records)


    10cc – I’m Not in Love (Acoustic Session ’95)/Bluebird (Avex)
    10cc – Ready to Go Home/Margo Wants the Mustard (Avex)
    10cc – I’m Not in Love (Acoustic Session ’95)/I’m Not in Love (The Rework of Art)/Bluebird (Avex/ZYX)
    10cc – Ready to Go Home (Radio Edit)/Ready to Go Home/Age of Consent (ZYX)


    10cc – Across the Universe (Live)/I’m Not In Love (Live)/Bullets Medley(Live) (Creative Man)


    10cc – Woman in Love/Man With a Mission (Polydor)
    10cc – Welcome to Paradise/Don’t/Lost In Love (Polydor)


    Wax – Anchors Aweigh/Bridge to Your Heart (UK RCA PB43145, A-side produced by Peter Collins)
    Wax – Wherever You Are/Right Between The Eyes/For Your Love (Live Version)/Lonely Boy (Live Version) (RCA PD42986)
    Wax – Wherever You Are/For Your Love (live version), Lonely boy (live version) (UK RCA PT 42896, 12″)
    Wax – Anchors Aweigh/Bridge to Your Heart (7″ Version)/Thank You for Being a Friend (Live Version)/Bus Stop (Live Version) (RCA PD43136)
    Wax – Anchors Aweigh (long version)/Bridge to your heart, Thank you for being a friend (live) (UK RCA PT 43146, 12″)
    Wax – Wherever You Are/Right Between the Eyes/For Your Love (Live version)/Lonely Boy (Live version) (UK RCA PD 42986, thin jewel box)
    Wax – Anchors Aweigh/Bridge to Your Heart (7″ version)/Thank You for Being a Friend (live version)/Bus Stop (live version) (UK RCA PD43136)


    Wax – In some other world/People all over this world, Ball and chain (chainsaw mix) (UK RCA PT 41702, 12″)


    Wax – Bridge to Your Heart/Heaven in Her Bed (UK RCA PB 41405, A Side Produced by Christopher Neil, B-side produced by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman)
    Wax – Bridge to Your Heart/Bridge to Your Heart (US RCA 6882-7-RAA, promotional issue)
    Wax – Bridge to Your Heart/Ready or Not (Germany RCA PB41453)
    Wax – Bridge to your heart (Unabridged Version)/Bridge to your heart (7” version), Heaven in her bed (UK RCA PT 41406, 12″)
    Wax – American English/Marie Claire (UK RCA PB 41527 A-side produced by Christopher Neil, B-side produced by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman, mixed by Phil Thornalley)
    Wax – In Some Other World/People All Over This World (UK RCA PB41701, A-side produced by Christopher Neil, B-Side produced by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman)


    Wax – Right Between the Eyes/Only a Visitor (UK RCA PB 40509 Produced by Phil Thornally)
    Wax – Right between the eyes (Extended mix)/Only a visitor (UK RCA PT 40510, 12 inch, A-side mixed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman)
    Wax – Right between the eyes/Right between the eyes (12 inch US promotional issue, US RCA JR-14307)
    Wax – Ball and chain (Chainsaw mix, Dis’ be wacked edit)/Ball and chain (ballroom mix) – The lie (US RCA PW-14383, 12″ Wax – Ball and chain (Chainsaw mix)/Ball and chain (Dis’be wacked edit) (US RCA JW-14383, 12 inch promotional issue)
    Wax – Shadows of Love/Magnetic Heaven (UK RCA PB 40525, UK RCA PB 40525 DJ, (promotional issue Produced and Engineered by Phil Thornally)
    Wax – Shadows of love/Magnetic heaven, People all over this world (UK RCA PT 40526, 12 inch)
    Wax – Systematic/Breakout (UK RCA PB 40939, Germany RCA PB 40939, UK RCA PB 40939D Produced and Engineered by Phil Thornally
    Wax – Systematic (dance remix)/Breakout (dance remix) (UK RCA PT 40940, 12 inch)


    Tony Christie – The Wind Beneath My Wings – A Graham Gouldman Production
    Wax – Ball and Chain/The Lie (UK RCA PB40385 Comp by Graham Gouldman and Andrew Gold)
    Wax – Ball and chain (Chainsaw mix/Ballroom mix) – The Lie (UK RCA PT 40386, 12″)
    Devaney and Young – One More Heartache (Spartan SP 122) Produced by Graham Gouldman)
    The Crowd- You’ll Never Walk Alone/Messages (Spartan SR 12124) (arranged and produced by Graham Gouldman together with Ray Levy. In aid for the Bradford City FC Disaster Fund)


    World in Action – Don’t Break My Heart/J.B. In Arabia (UK Mercury 157)
    Common Knowledge – Don’t Break My Heart/J.B. In Arabia (UK Mercury MER 164, Holland Mercury 818 914-7, written and produced by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman)
    Common Knowledge – Victoria/Big Fat Baby (UK Mercury 171, Mercury 880 295-7, written and produced by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman)


    10cc – 24 Hours/Dreadlock Holiday (Live) (Mercury)
    10cc – Feel the Love (Oomachasaooma)/She Gives Me Pain (Mercury)
    10cc – Food for Thought/The Secret Life of Henry (Mercury)
    10cc – 24 Hours/Dreadlock Holiday (Live)/I’m Not In Love (Live) (Mercury)


    10cc – The Power of Love/You’re Coming Home Again (Mercury)
    10cc – The Power of Love/Action Man in Motown Suit (Warner Brothers)
    10cc – Memories/Overdraft in Overdrive (Mercury)
    10cc – Run Away/Action Man in Motown Suit (Mercury)
    10cc – We’ve Heard It All Before/Overdraft in Overdrive (Mercury)


    10cc – Les Nouveaux Riches/I Hate to Eat Alone (Mercury)
    10cc – Don’t Turn Me Away/Tomorrow’s World Today (Mercury)


    Graham Gouldman – Love’s Not for Me (Rene’s Song)/Bionic Boar (Mercury MER 7)
    Graham Gouldman – Away From It All/Away From It All (Stereo/Mono) (Promo only) (A&M 2251)
    Graham Gouldman – Kit Mambo / Bionic Boar – (Mercury 6059 296)
    Graham Gouldman – We’ve Made It To The Top / Kit Mambo (Mercury 6059 302)
    10cc – One-Two-Five/Only Child (Mercury)
    10cc – It Doesn’t Matter at All/From Rochdale to Ocho Rios (Mercury)
    10cc – It Doesn’t Matter at All/Strange Lover (Warner Brothers)


    Graham Gouldman – Sunburn/Think About It (Mercury/Sunny 1)
    10cc – I’m Not in Love/For You and I (Mercury)


    10cc – Dreadlock Holiday/Nothing Can Move Me (Mercury/Polydor)
    10cc – For You and I/Take These Chains (Polydor)
    10cc – Reds in My Bed/Take These Chains (Mercury)


    10cc – The Things We Do for Love/Hot to Trot (Mercury)
    10cc – Good Morning Judge/Don’t Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste (Mercury)
    10cc – People in Love/I’m So Laid Back I’m Laid Out (Mercury)
    10cc – Good Morning Judge/I’m So Laid Back I’m Laid Out (Mercury)
    10cc – Wall Street Shuffle (Live)/You’ve Got a Cold (Live) (Mercury)


    10cc – I’m Mandy Fly Me/How Dare You (Mercury)
    10cc – Life Is a Minestrone/Lazy Ways (Mercury)


    10cc – Waterfall/4% of Something (UK/Decca)
    10cc – Life Is a Minestrone/Channel Swimmer (Mercury)
    10cc – I’m Not in Love/Good News (Mercury)
    10cc – I’m Not in Love/The Film of My Love (Mercury)
    10cc – Art for Art’s Sake/Get It While You Can (Mercury)


    10cc – The Worst Band in the World/18 Carat Man of Means (UK)
    10cc – The Wall Street Shuffle/Gismo My Way (UK/Decca)
    10cc – Silly Love/The Sacro-Iliac (UK/Decca)


    10cc – Rubber Bullets/Waterfall (UK)
    10cc – Headline Hustler/Speed Kills (UK)
    10cc – The Dean and I/Bee in My Bonnet (UK)


    10cc – Donna/Hot Sun Rock (UK)
    10cc – Johnny Don’t Do It/4% of Something (UK)


    Freddie And The Dreamers – Susan’s Tuba (Comp By Gouldman/Cordell – 10cc Backing)


    Graham Gouldman Orchestra – Windmills Of Your Mind/Harvey’s Theme (UK Spark SRL 1026) (A-side written by Legrand, Bergman, Bergman, B-side by Graham Gouldman, produced by Graham Gouldman and Harvey Lisberg)
    Frabjoy and Runcible Spoon – I’m beside myself/Animal song (written by Godley & Creme, Godley, Creme and Stewart playing, Graham Gouldman bass and guitar) (Marmalade 598-019)
    Graham Gouldman – Late Mr. Late (recorded with Kevin Godley) (on Marmalade 100 Proof sampler LP 643-314)
    Kevin Godley – To Fly Away (recorded with Graham Gouldman) (On Marmalade 100 Proof sampler LP 643-314)


    Graham Gouldman – Upstairs Downstairs/Chestnut (UK RCA 1667) (both sides written by Graham Gouldman, produced by Graham Gouldman and arranged by John Paul Jones)
    Graham Gouldman – The Impossible Years/No Milk Today (US RCA 47-9453)
    Graham Gouldman – Pamela, Pamela/For Your Love (US RCA 47-9584)


    The Yellow Bellow Room Boom – Seeing Things Green/Easy Life (CBS)


    Mockingbirds – One By One/Lovingly Yours (UK Decca F 12434) (A-side Wayne, B-side Spielter; Mockingbirds – How To Find A Lover/My Story (A-side written by Peter
    Cowap, B-side written by Graham Gouldman) (UK Decca F 12510)
    Graham Gouldman -Stop! Stop! Stop!/Better To Have Loved And Lost (Decca F 12334) (both sides written by Graham Gouldman, produced by Gouldman, Lisberg and Collier)


    Mockingbirds – For Your Love – (Unreleased Demo)
    Mockingbirds – That’s How It’s Gonna Stay/I Never Should Have Kissed You (written by Graham Gouldman) (UK Columbia DB 7480)
    Mockingbirds – I Can Feel We’re Parting/The Flight Of The Mockingbird (a-side by Graham Gouldman and Charles Silverman, b-side with Basso, Jacobson, Godley) (UK Columbia DB 7565) Mockingbirds – You Stole My Love/Skit Skat (written by Graham Gouldman) (UK Immediate IM 015)


    Whirlwinds – Look At Me /Baby Not Like You (HMV POP 1301) (A-side Petty/Holly/Allison, B-side Lol Creme. Baby Not Like You)

    Graham Gouldman Unreleased Demo’s

    1. Hotel
    2. Wheel Spins
    3. Ulysses Parts 1 And 2
    4. Cry All Night
    5. Virgin Soldiers / Hot Sun
    6. On My Way To See Her
    7. Love Colours / Smoke Signals
    8. It Is Important To Believe
    9. The Call – (With Henry Priestman)
    10. Have You Ever Been In Love
    11. You Did That For Me (With 10cc) (Released As “Action Man In A Motown Suit”)
    12. The Acapulco Kid – (With Rick Fenn)


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The Creation
Also known as
  • The Mark Four
  • The Blue Jacks
Origin Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England
Years active
  • 1966 (1966)–1968 (1968)
  • mid-1980s–present
Associated acts The Mark Four, The Birds
Past members See members section

The Creation were an English rock band, formed in 1966. Their best-known songs are “Making Time“, which was one of the first rock songs to feature a guitar played with a bow, and “Painter Man“, which made the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1966,[1] and reached No. 8 in the German chart in April 1967. It was later covered by Boney M in 1979, and reached the No. 10 position in the UK chart.[2]Making Time” was used in the movie Rushmore.

Creation biographer Sean Egan defined their style as “a unique hybrid of pop, rock, psychedelia and the avant garde.”[3]


Pre-history: The Mark Four (1963–1966)[edit]

Most of the members of what would eventually become Creation were initially members of The Mark Four, a British beat group based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.[4] By late 1963 The Mark Four was a quintet consisting of Kenny Pickett (vocals), Eddie Phillips (guitars), Mick “Spud” Thompson (rhythm guitars), John Dalton (bass), and Jack Jones (drums).[4] This line-up played regularly in the UK and in Germany before issuing two non-charting singles for Philips’ Mercury Records, “Rock Around The Clock” and “Try It Baby” in 1964.

Dalton then left the band, later joining The Kinks as a replacement for Pete Quaife, and was replaced by new bassist Tony Cooke. Around the same time, Thompson left the band and was not replaced. This Mark Four line-up issued two further non-charting singles: “Hurt Me If You Will” (Decca, August 1965) and “Work All Day (Sleep All Night)” (Fontana, February 1966).

In April 1966, the group signed a management deal with Tony Stratton-Smith. He promptly suggested replacing Cooke with new bassist Bob Garner (previously of the Tony Sheridan Band),[4] and a name change. The band took him up on both suggestions: it was Pickett who came up with the name The Creation, based on a reference he found in a book of Russian poetry.[citation needed]

Initial success (1966)[edit]

The band’s style, produced by Shel Talmy, was, at this point, loud pop art, similar to early records by The Who.[4] Their first single, “Making Time”, was a Pickett/Phillips original. Released in June 1966 on Talmy’s own label, Planet (distributed in the UK by Philips and in the US by Jay-Gee), it reached No. 49 on the UK chart.[1] Almost immediately thereafter, The Creation suffered another line-up change when Jack Jones was fired and replaced by new drummer Dave Preston. However, the band was unsatisfied with Preston’s live work,[citation needed] and in less than three weeks Jones was asked back and rejoined the group.

Their next single, October 1966’s “Painter Man”, became their biggest hit, reaching No. 36 UK[1] and the top 10 in Germany. The track featured Phillips playing his electric guitar with a violin bow. He was reputedly the first guitarist to use this technique.

The Creation took their pop art experimentation slightly further when, during live performances of “Painter Man” Pickett would spray paint a canvas during their concerts, before a member of the road crew set light to artwork on stage.[5]

The Bob Garner era (1967)[edit]

“Painter Man” was the last single issued by the original line-up, and their last single to chart in the UK.[1] In early 1967, the band brought in Kim Gardner as their new bassist, and former bassist Bob Garner moved into the lead vocal slot in February 1967, leaving Kenny Pickett out of the group,[4] at least for the time being.

This line-up issued its first single in June 1967 (“If I Stay Too Long” b/w “Nightmares”). Unsuccessful in the UK, the song did well in Germany, as did a German only follow-up single (“Tom Tom”). Their commercial momentum in Germany was strong enough for a Creation album called We Are Paintermen to be issued in mid 1967 for the German and continental European market, compiled from previously issued singles and several newly recorded songs. By this time, the band’s sound had developed into a more typically mid-1960s psychedelic rock sound, which has been retroactively described as freakbeat.[citation needed]

Also during late 1966 and 1967, four Creation singles were issued in the United States, without commercial success: “Making Time” b/w “Try And Stop Me” and “Painter Man” b/w “Biff Bang Pow” on US Planet (distributed by Jay-Gee/Jubilee), and “If I Stay Too Long” b/w “Nightmares” and “How Does It Feel To Feel” b/w “Life Is Just Beginning” on US Decca. The band remained popular in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

The single “Life Is Just Beginning” was released in the UK towards the end of 1967, but almost immediately afterwards guitarist Eddie Phillps announced his departure. He was replaced for several European tour dates by guitarist Tony Ollard, but within a matter of weeks, vocalist Bob Garner also quit the group and by February 1968, The Creation had officially ceased to exist.[4]

Pickett returns, band breaks up (1968)[edit]

However, demand was still strong in continental Europe for Creation records and live shows, and almost immediately after the band had disbanded drummer Jack Jones formed a new Creation line-up, bringing back Kenny Pickett as singer. Kim Gardner returned as bass player (after a stint in Santa Barbara Machine Head) and brought in his old bandmate from The Birds, Ronnie Wood on guitar.[4]

This line-up debuted with the single “Midway Down”, released in the UK and Germany in April 1968. However this Creation line-up splintered almost immediately, and by June, the band was no more.[4] Two posthumous follow-up singles: “Bony Moronie” and “For All That I Am” were German only releases, appearing later in 1968.

Despite their early demise and lack of hits, The Creation posthumously became highly influential, acknowledged as an inspiration by Paul Weller, Ride, Pete Townshend, The Sex Pistols and others. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin imitated Phillips’ use of the violin bow, while Alan McGee named his massively successful record label Creation after them. Egan asserted, “only the Velvet Underground spring to mind as a band who profoundly affected fellow artists while remaining a secret from the wider public.” [3]

Post-Creation careers[edit]

Eddie Phillips became bass player in P.P. Arnold‘s backing band during the late 1960s. He left the music business for a time in the 1970s, but by 1980 was collaborating again with Kenny Pickett as a songwriter. The two wrote the 1980 hit single “Teacher Teacher” for Rockpile.

Kenny Pickett continued as songwriter for the Creation’s American producer, Shel Talmy, and issued some solo recordings in the 1970s and 1980s. He later sang with The Kennedy Express. In 1970 he co-wrote Clive Dunn‘s Number One hit Grandad (song), with session musician Herbie Flowers.

Ronnie Wood joined the Jeff Beck Group, and later The Faces and The Rolling Stones.

Kim Gardner co-formed Ashton, Gardner & Dyke and was later a member of Badger.

Bob Garner played in Warrington bands Magoos and Golliwog, who changed their name to Smiley for a single in 1972: “Penelope” (written by Kenny Pickett) b/w “I Know What I Want” (written by Garner). He later participated in various Creation reunions (see below).

Jack Jones became a cabaret singer.

Mick Avory was the drummer for the Kinks from 1964 to 1984.

Reformations (1980s – present)[edit]

The Creation re-formed in the mid-1980s with Phillips, Pickett, Dalton, and Mick Avory (drums, ex-Kinks). In 1987, they released a single on Jet Records (“A Spirit Called Love” b/w a new version of “Making Time”) to minimal attention. This line-up also recorded material for a new album in a more contemporary rock style (such as new wave), but this project was never completed (or even titled). The reformed band continued to tour, with various line-up changes, capitalising on their cult notoriety with the underground mod and garage rock audiences.

In 1994, the original line-up (consisting of Phillips, Pickett, Garner and Jones) got together to record the album Power Surge, issued in 1996 on UK indie label Creation Records, which had been named in honour of the group.[citation needed] The 1990s band Ride, who had excursioned with The Creation in 1994, then recorded the song “How Does It Feel to Feel?” on their album, Carnival of Light. Some years earlier The Godfathers, another UK alternative rock band of the time, had also included a cover of the song on their 1991 album Unreal world, so that the tune “How Does It Feel to Feel?” became quite popular in the 1990s in the UK indie scene.

Pickett died on January 10, 1997,[6] but the group continued for a time with Garner as lead vocalist. The band performed in the United States for the first time in 2001.

In 2004, Cherry Red Records released Psychedelic Rose, made up of nine songs from the group’s abandoned 1987/88 sessions including the tracks previously issued on the 1987 single, augmented by two spoken-word recollections of The Creation’s history; the few reviews of the album were almost uniformly negative.[citation needed]

Garner and Jones both exited the band sometime in the early 2000s; Garner died on July 16, 2016. The only original member left in the current line-up is Phillips. The most recent Creation touring line-up consists of Eddie Phillips (lead guitar, vocals), Simon Tourle (lead vocals), Tony Barber (bass), and Kevin Mann (drums).


Present members[edit]

  • Eddie Phillips (born Edwin Michael Phillips, 15 August 1945, Leyton, east London) – vocals, lead guitar (1966-1967, mid-1980s-present)
  • Tony Barber – vocals, bass guitar (early 2000s-present)
  • Kevin Mann – drums (early 2000s-present)
  • Simon Tourle – lead vocals (early 2000s-present)

Earlier members[edit]

  • Bob Garner (born Robert Anthony Garner, 15 May 1946, Warrington, Lancashire; died 16 July 2016) – vocals, bass guitar (1966-1967, 1993-1997); lead vocals (1967–1968, 1997-early 2000s)
  • Kenny Pickett (born Kenneth George Pickett, 3 September 1940, Ware, Hertfordshire; died 10 January 1997)[6] – lead vocals (1966–1967, 1968, mid-1980s–1997)
  • Jack Jones (born Jack Llewleyn Jones, 8 November 1947, Northampton, Northamptonshire) – drums, vocals (1966, 1966–1968, 1993-early 2000s)
  • Dave Preston – drums (1966)
  • Kim Gardner – bass, vocals (1967-1968; died 2001)
  • Tony Ollard – lead guitar, vocals (1967-1968)
  • Ronnie Wood – lead guitar, vocals (1968)
  • John Dalton – bass guitar (mid-1980s–1993)
  • Mick Avory – drums (mid-1980s–1993)




  • June 1966 – “Making Time” / “Try and Stop Me”
  • October 1966 – “Painter Man” / ” Biff Bang Pow”
  • 1967 – “Cool Jerk” / “Life Is Just Beginning” (Germany only)
  • June 1967 – “If I Stay Too Long” / “Nightmares”
  • October 1967 – “Life is Just Beginning” / “Through My Eyes”
  • February 1968 – “How Does it Feel to Feel” / “Tom Tom”
  • May 1968 – “Midway Down” / “The Girls are Naked” (Polydor 56246)
  • 1968 – “Bony Moronie” b/w “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (Germany only, Hit-ton HT 300210)
  • 1968 – “For All that I Am” b/w “Uncle Bert” (Hit-ton HT 300235, Germany)
  • April 1987 – “A Spirit called Love” / “Making Time” (+ bonus track “Mumbo Jumbo” on 12″ EP)
  • July 1994 – “Creation” / “Shock Horror” (limited numbered 7″ – Creation Records CRE200)
  • July 1994 – “Creation” / “Shock Horror” / “Power Surge” (CD single)
  • July 2008 – “Red With Purple Flashes” (1 sided Promo – strictly limited 200 only Planet 240708)


  • 1967 – We Are Paintermen (Hit-ton, issued in Germany, The Netherlands, France and Sweden only)
  • 1987 – Psychedelic Rose: The Great Lost Creation Album (released in 2004 by Cherry Red)
  • 1996 – Power Surge

Compilations and live albums[edit]

  • 1968 – The Best of The Creation (Pop, issued in Germany and Sweden only)
  • 1973 – Creation 66–67 (Charisma, 12″ LP)
  • 1975 – The Creation (UK collection)
  • 1982 – The Mark Four/The Creation (Eva, German collection)
  • 1982 – How Does it Feel to Feel? (Edsel, 12″ LP)
  • 1984 – Recreation (Line, 12″ LP)
  • 1985 – Live at the Beat Scene Club (7″ EP)
  • 1993 – Lay the Ghost (Universal)
  • 1994 – Painter Man (Edsel, UK budget collection)
  • 1998 – Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes (Diablo, UK collection)
  • 1998 – Complete Collection, Vol. 1: Making Time (Retroactive)
  • 1998 – Complete Collection, Vol. 2: Biff Bang Pow (Retroactive)
  • 2007 – The Singles Collection (Get Back Italy)
  • 2017 – Action Painting (Numero Group)[7]


  • 2004 – Red with Purple Flashes: The Creation Live (Cherry Red)


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 1997 Meredith Brooks: Bitch (Video short)
Meredith Brooks

Soundtrack (26 credits)
 2018 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Armie Hammer/Meghan Trainor/Rupi Kaur/Bebe Rexha (2018) … (writer: “I’m a Mess”)
 2017 You, Me and Him (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
  Hoy nos toca (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2017) (writer – 1 episode, 2017)

Episode dated 18 April 2017 (2017) … (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
  Lip Sync Battle (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2017) (writer – 1 episode, 2017)

Ruby Rose Vs. Milla Jovovich (2017) … (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
 2016 Days of Revelation (Short) (performer: “Sin City” (Directors Cut)) / (writer: “Sin City” (Directors Cut))
 2015 Rock the Kasbah (writer: “Bitch”)
 2015 Glee (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

The Hurt Locker: Part 1 (2015) … (writer: “Bitch” – uncredited)
  Guapas (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2014) (writer – 1 episode, 2014)

El final (2014) … (performer: “Bitch” – uncredited) / (writer: “Bitch” – uncredited)
  Orphan Black (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2013) (writer – 1 episode, 2013)

Entangled Bank (2013) … (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
 2012 The X Factor Philippines (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Top 10 Performance Night (2012) … (writer: “Bitch”)
  20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (performer – 1 episode, 2011) (writer – 1 episode, 2011)

Adults Only 20 to 1: Sizzling Supermodels (2011) … (performer: “Bitch” – uncredited) / (writer: “Bitch” – uncredited)
 2008 Black Butler (TV Series) (lyrics – 1 episode)

Sono shitsuji, yuunou (2008) … (lyrics: “I’m Alive!”)
 2008 30 Rock (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Sandwich Day (2008) … (writer: “Bitch” – uncredited)
  100 Greatest Songs of the 90s (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer – 1 episode, 2007) (writer – 1 episode, 2007)

Episode #1.2 (2007) … (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
 2007 Remember the Daze (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
 2005 I Love the ’90s: Part Deux (TV Series documentary) (performer – 1 episode)

1997 (2005) … (performer: “Bitch”)
 2004 Idool 2004 (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Liveshow 7 – Rock (2004) … (writer: “Bitch”)
  Peep Show (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2004) (writer – 1 episode, 2004)

Dance Class (2004) … (performer: “Bitch” – uncredited) / (writer: “Bitch” – uncredited)
  Hinter Gittern – Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2004) (writer – 1 episode, 2004)

Liebe ist stärker als der Tod (2004) … (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
 2003 What a Girl Wants (performer: “Crazy”) / (writer: “Crazy”)
  Undeclared (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2002) (writer – 1 episode, 2002)

Eric’s POV (2002) … (performer: “Bitch” – uncredited) / (writer: “Bitch” – uncredited)
 2000 What Women Want (performer: “Bitch”) / (writer: “Bitch”)
 1999 Edtv (performer: “Careful What You Wish For”) / (producer: “Careful What You Wish For”) / (writer: “Careful What You Wish For”)
 1998 Snake Eyes (performer: “Sin City”) / (writer: “Sin City”)
 1998 Dawson’s Creek (TV Series) (1 episode)

Kiss (1998) … (“What Would Happen”)
 1997 Geld oder Liebe (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode #1.61 (1997) … (performer: “Bitch”)

Early career with Sapphire and the Graces[edit]

Brooks started her music career in 1976 as a member of an all-female band called Sapphire, based in Eugene, Oregon, touring and recording with CMS Records in the Pacific Northwest. Her bandmates were Janis Gaines, Cynthia Larsen, Patricia French and Pam Johnson. Seeking greater success, Brooks pushed the band to move to Seattle without Gaines on keyboards, reducing Sapphire to a foursome. In Seattle, Sapphire recorded at Kaye-Smith Studios at the same time as Heart.[1] When this version of the band split in 1982, Brooks moved to Los Angeles to develop a solo career, releasing an album titled Meredith Brooks in 1986, which saw limited success in Mexico. In 1987, she joined Charlotte Caffey and Gia Ciambotti to form the trio the Graces, releasing the single “Lay Down Your Arms” which rose to number 56 on Billboards charts. The Graces subequently released an album, Perfect View, and three more singles, but these did not chart, and the Graces were dropped from the A&M label in 1991.[2]

Solo career[edit]

In 1995, Brooks landed a solo contract with Capitol Records. After two years, her first single was released, “Bitch“, and she was nominated twice for the 1998 Grammy Awards, for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. The single went Platinum in Australia.[3]

Her album Blurring the Edges achieved Platinum sales, peaking at 22 on the Billboard 200 and 5 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was produced by David Ricketts, formerly of David and David, and he also played keyboards (among other instruments) on the album. Brooks toured in the US and Europe in 1997 and 1998 to support the album, and also participated in the Lilith Fair music festival tour in both of those years.

On March 30, 1998, in Argentina, she opened for the Rolling Stones. During her set the crowd demanded the Stones and became violent, throwing objects including rocks and tampons at the stage and bruising her eye. She appeared again the next day wearing an Argentine soccer shirt, but the crowd again threw things at her, so after singing “Bitch” she threw the shirt on the ground and walked off.[4] [5]

Subsequent career[edit]

In 1999, Brooks recorded her second album, Deconstruction. The track “Sin City” was recorded for the movie Snake Eyes.

In 2002, Brooks signed with independent label Gold Circle Records.[6] She worked on her third album, Bad Bad One. The label folded immediately after releasing the album.

In 2002, she produced Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s album BareNaked and appeared on VH1 Divas Las Vegas as a guest guitar soloist with Celine Dion and Anastacia.

Brooks signed a record deal with SLG Records and re-issued Bad Bad One as Shine in 2004. The track “Shine” was used as the theme music for Dr. Phil from 2004-08. The instrumental remix appears as the last track on the album.[7]

In 2007 Brooks completed a new children’s album titled If I Could Be… and is developing Portland area Sony Music Entertainment artist Becca.

Brooks is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism. [8]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result
1997 MTV VMA Bitch Best New Artist Nominated
Best Female Video Nominated
MTV EMA Herself Best New Act Nominated
1998 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Best New Artist Tour Nominated
Brit Awards Best International Female Nominated
ECHO Awards Best International Newcomer Nominated
Grammy Awards Bitch Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
APRA Awards Most Performed Foreign Work[9] Won



Year Album US Billboard 200[10]
1997 Blurring the Edges 22
See It Through My Eyes
1999 Deconstruction
2002 Bad Bad One
2007 If I Could Be…


Year Title Chart positions Album
1997 Bitch 2 6 19 12 12 2 4 Blurring the Edges
I Need 28 77
1998 What Would Happen 46 49
1999 “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” 96 81 Deconstruction
2004 “Shine” Bad Bad One
“You Don’t Know Me”
“Where Lovers Meet”

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Goodrem attending the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards, May 2016
Born Delta Lea Goodrem
(1984-11-09) 9 November 1984 (age 33)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Website www.deltagoodrem.com

Delta Lea Goodrem (born 9 November 1984) is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age. She began her career as a child actress, starring in various television shows. She rose to prominence in 2002 playing a shy school girl called Nina Tucker in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.

Venturing into the music industry, Goodrem signed to Sony Music at the age of 15 and released her debut album, Innocent Eyes (2003), which topped the ARIA Albums Chart for an all-time record of 29 consecutive weeks and reached number two on the UK Albums Chart. It became one of the highest-selling albums in Australian history, with over four million copies sold worldwide and all five of its singles—”Born to Try“, “Lost Without You“, “Innocent Eyes“, “Not Me, Not I” and “Predictable—reaching number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and the first three reaching the top ten in the UK Single Chart. This made Goodrem the first and only artist to have five number-one singles from a debut album. Innocent Eyes is the best-selling album of the 2000s decade in Australia and the debut album with the most number-one singles.

Her second studio album, Mistaken Identity (2004), was created while she was suffering from cancer and several of its themes reflect this. It became her second number-one album and brought her two more number-one singles, including “Out of the Blue“. In 2007, Goodrem released Delta, her third number-one album, which saw another number-one single, “In This Life“. Her fourth studio album, Child of the Universe (2012), produced the successful single “Sitting on Top of the World“. In 2016, her fifth album, Wings of the Wild, became her fourth number-one album on the ARIA Albums Chart, while giving her another number-one single, “Wings“.

Goodrem has a total of nine number-one singles and 17 top-ten hits on the ARIA Singles Chart. She has sold over eight million albums globally and overall has won three World Music Awards, 9 ARIA Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and several other awards. She has served as a coach on The Voice Australia every year since 2012 (except from in 2014), taking home the win in season five in 2016 and again in season six in 2017. She also won the only edition of The Voice Kids Australia in 2014.


1984–2000: Early life, education, and discovery[edit]

Goodrem was born on 9 November 1984,[1] to Denis and Lea, who are now divorced. She has a younger brother, Trent,[2] who is an Australian rules football player with the Central District Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[3]

Goodrem’s parents named her Delta after Joe Cocker‘s song “Delta Lady”.[4] At the age of seven, Goodrem appeared in an American advertisement for the Galoob toy company, starring alongside fellow Australian Bec Cartwright,[5] and began playing piano at the same age while taking up singing, dancing and acting lessons. She appeared in numerous adverts for companies such as Optus and Nesquik, and had several minor roles in episodes of successful Australian television shows including Hey Dad..!, A Country Practice, and Police Rescue.[6]

While residing at Glenhaven, a suburb of Sydney, Goodrem attended the Hills Grammar School in neighbouring Kenthurst, from kindergarten until Year 11. She is known to return to her alma mater for visits.[7]

At the age of thirteen, Goodrem recorded a five-song demo CD, financed through her television work.[8] It was sent to the Sydney Swans (of which Goodrem is a supporter) and they passed it onto Glenn Wheatley,[9] the manager behind successful Australian artists, Little River Band and John Farnham.[10] Interested in Goodrem’s potential as a recording artist, Wheatley signed Goodrem to an artist development deal with independent label, Empire Records.[11] Between June 1999 to September 2000, she worked with producers Paul Higgins and Trevor Carter on thirteen tracks for an album called Delta,[10] which saw “an ambitious 15-year-old keen to emulate the pop sound of the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Mandy Moore.”[12] The album has yet to surface, Goodrem preventing its release years later via civil action in 2004.[11]

2001–03: Career launch, Neighbours, Innocent Eyes and cancer diagnosis[edit]

Goodrem at The Palazzo resort in Las Vegas

At the age of 15, Goodrem signed a record deal with Sony[13] and began work on an album of popdance songs including the unsuccessful debut single, “I Don’t Care“, which peaked at number sixty four on the ARIA Singles Chart in November 2001.[10] The album and proposed second single “A Year Ago Today” were pushed aside as a result, allowing Goodrem and Sony to re-evaluate her future musical direction. In 2002, Goodrem took up the role as shy school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker in the popular soap Neighbours, which helped re-launch Goodrem’s music career.[14] The piano-based balladBorn to Try“, co-written by Audius Mtawarira, premiered on the show and reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number three in the UK. Born to Try was certified triple Platinum in Australia for sales of over 210,000 copies.[15] Goodrem’s role on the show scored her a Logie for “Most Popular New Talent” at the 2003 Logie Awards[16] In January 2003, “Lost Without You” topped the ARIA Singles Chart and reached number four in the UK. it was certified double platinum for sales over 140,000 copies in Australia.[15]

Goodrem’s largely self-penned debut album, Innocent Eyes, was released on 21 March 2003 in Australia and debuted at number one on the ARIA Album Charts, breaking Australian records previously held by John Farnham‘s Whispering Jack (1986) by staying at number one for 29 consecutive weeks, while tying with Neil Diamond‘s Hot August Night (1972) as the second longest charting number one album with a total of 29 weeks at top spot. It was the highest-selling album in Australia of 2003[17] and sold 1.2 million copies in Australia, and over 4 million worldwide.[18] The album also charted highly in the UK, peaking at number two. The album’s third single “Innocent Eyes” again reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number nine in the UK. it was certified Platinum in Australia for sales over 70,000 copies.[15]

On 8 July 2003, at the age of 18, Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.[19] She was forced to put all working commitments on hold while undertaking treatment for the disease. In an exclusive interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Goodrem revealed that, since 2002, she had suffered from a head-to-toe rash, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, and a lump on her neck.[20] “I was doing sit-ups when I felt something pop in my neck. I reached down and I felt a small lump at the base of my throat. It wasn’t sore, it wasn’t visible, but I could feel it.”[20] As part of her treatment, Goodrem undertook chemotherapy, which resulted in the loss of her hair, and radiation therapy.[20] The news of her diagnosis made newspaper and television headlines and an outpouring of support was shown by fans and the general public alike. Goodrem thanked them during The Visualise Tour for all the letters and well wishes she received.

The album’s fourth single, “Not Me, Not I“, was released following the announcement Goodrem had been diagnosed with cancer. It became her fourth consecutive number one single in Australia, overtaking the previous effort of three number-ones from Kylie Minogue‘s debut album, Kylie (1988).[21] It was certified Platinum for sales over 70,000 copies.[15] In early August, Goodrem announced she would not renew her contract with Glenn Wheatley. Her mother, Lea Goodrem, replaced him as her manager.[22] Later that month, Goodrem won seven ARIA Awards, including “Best Female Artist”, surpassing Natalie Imbruglia‘s previous record of six awards in 1999.[23] As Delta was too unwell to perform at the ceremony herself, singer Darren Hayes performed a rendition of “Lost Without You” as a tribute, bringing an overwhelmed Goodrem to tears. Her first full-length DVD Delta became the highest-selling music DVD by an Australian artist in Australia ever, with a certification of 11x platinum.[24] The Australian-only release “Predictable” became her fifth consecutive number one on the ARIA Singles Chart in December and was certified double Platinum for sales of over 140,000 copies.[15]

2004–06: Mistaken Identity and The Visualise Tour[edit]

After announcing in late December 2003 that she was in remission, Goodrem began work on her second studio album. Goodrem received two nominations at the 2004 Logie Awards including a Gold Logie nomination for “Most Popular Personality on Australian Television”. In September 2004, she became the face of soft drink company Pepsi in Australia, appearing on the product, billboards, TV advertisements and performing an exclusive show for competition winners.[25][26] In October Goodrem launched her own lingerie line titled “Delta by Annabella”.[27]

Delta Goodrem in concert

Goodrem’s second album Mistaken Identity, was released in Australia on 8 November 2004 and debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums chart. It was certified five times platinum for sales of 350,000 copies.[28] The album spent 46 weeks in the top fifty. It also reached number seven in New Zealand, and peaked at number 25 in the UK. The album’s lead single “Out of the Blue“, which was co-written and produced by Guy Chambers was released prior to the album on 8 October 2004. “Out of the Blue” debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and number nine in the UK”. This was Goodrem’s sixth straight number one single in Australia. It was certified platinum in Australia.[29] The second single “Mistaken Identity” was released only in Australia debuted at number seven and was certified Gold.[30]Almost Here“, a duet with Irish singer Brian McFadden was released as the third single and reached number three in the UK and became her seventh ARIA number one, along with her first number one in Ireland. It was certified platinum in Australia.[30]A Little Too Late” was released only in Australia and peaked at number 13. “Be Strong” was released as the album’s fifth and final single in Australia as a digital download on 16 October 2005. At the time of release, digital downloads were not included as part of the main singles chart, therefore it was ineligible to chart. Much of the album, in particular “Extraordinary Day”, was inspired by her battle with cancer.[31] Reflecting on that period of her life, Goodrem said “It’s weird to see pictures of that time. In some ways the fact that I was so sick was so out there, and yet I kept it really private. No-one saw me on the days I was really sick. I was 18 when I was diagnosed and I had a number one album and single in the country. And in the UK, I was number two. It was such a bipolar year.[32][33]

In March 2005, Goodrem starred in her first film role in Hating Alison Ashley, a film based on the children’s novel by Robin Klein, with Goodrem acting the title character. The film performed poorly at the box office and was not a critical success, with some critics citing Goodrem’s performance as too robotic and detached.[34] April 2005 saw Goodrem relocate to New York to launch her career in the United States with a re-worked version of “Lost Without You“. She appeared in the last two episodes of the short-lived American series North Shore in a bid to gain greater exposure. “Lost Without You” proved to be modestly successful, peaking at number eighteen on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, but Goodrem was reportedly dissatisfied with its performance. Plans to release a hybrid of her first two albums were later terminated and Goodrem put America on hold. In July, Goodrem embarked on her first headline concert tour of Australia, The Visualise Tour. Ticket prices, $90 each, came under criticism for being higher than most international acts touring Australia at the time and this initially led to slow sales.[35] By the time the concerts were due to take place, many venues sold out after tickets were reduced to $60. Once the tour concluded, over 80,000 tickets had been bought in total making The Visualise Tour one of Australia’s highest-selling local tours.[36] The Visualise Tour: Live in Concert was released in November and became Goodrem’s second No. 1 DVD.

On 15 March 2006, Goodrem performed a new song, “Together We Are One“, at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in front of 80,000 spectators and up to 1.5 billion television viewers worldwide. The song, written specifically for the event was released in Australia where it peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart.[37] It was performed by the Top 5 contestants on season five of “American Idol“. In June 2006, Goodrem signed to Modest! Entertainment for her worldwide management.[38] In October 2006, Goodrem promoted in Japan with the release of an updated version of Innocent Eyes and the Japan-only single “Flawed“, which reached number one on the Japanese download chart. The album peaked at number eight on the Japanese international chart (excluding Japanese artists) and number nineteen on the official Japanese album chart (including Japanese artists). In November, Goodrem appeared with Westlife on UK talent series The X Factor to perform a duet titled “All Out of Love“, which appeared on the boyband’s ninth LP, The Love Album. She was in Melbourne on Christmas Eve to headline the annual Carols by Candlelight.[39]

2007–10: Delta and Believe Again Tour[edit]

Goodrem’s third studio album, the eponymous Delta, was released in Australia on 20 October 2007. Goodrem described the material as “…a lot lighter” compared to her previous album Mistaken Identity.[40] She has also stated, “As people become more aware of your life, they can pinpoint what songs are about. On this album, I’ve tried to remove a lot of that and just write great pop songs, songs that are from my heart but there’s no baggage with them”.[41][42] The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it her third number one album in her home country.[14] and received platinum certification for shipments of 70,000 records, though sales were much lower; only 23,000 copies were sold during the first week. In December the album was certified 2x platinum.[43] It eventually was certified 3x platinum in 2008.[44] In New Zealand, the album debuted at number twelve on the RIANZ Albums Chart.[45]

On 10 August 2007, Goodrem was in Los Angeles to film the music video for the album’s lead single “In This Life“, which is also the opening theme for the anime Deltora Quest, based on the novels by fellow Australian Emily Rodda. The video premiered on 31 August on Sunrise. “In This Life” was officially released on 15 September. It debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming Goodrem’s eighth number one single in Australia. It was certified platinum.[46]

Goodrem performing during promotion in Australia

The second single, “Believe Again” was released on 10 December. It debuted and peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Gold.[47] The third single, “You Will Only Break My Heart“, was released on 29 March 2008 and peaked at number fourteen. The fourth single to be lifted from the album was “I Can’t Break It to My Heart“, which debuted and peaked at number thirteen.

In 2008, Goodrem focused on promoting music in Japan and the United States. She released “In This Life” on 23 January in Japan. She followed that up by releasing “Delta” on 20 February. The album peaked at number eight on the Japanese international chart and number 39 on the overall chart. The album sold almost 5,000 copies in its first week, 1,000 copies more than her previous album in Japan and overall sold over 30,000 copies in Japan.[48] In the United States, Goodrem released “In This Life” on 15 April 2008. “In This Life” was released to US radio on 9 April. It was first released to the Triple A radio format, and then to the Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary formats. On 17 June 2008, Goodrem appeared for the second time on any Billboard chart with the single, debuting at number 40 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The song later peaked at No. 21.[49] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 7,000 digital downloads in the week ending on 24 June 2008.[50] The song also charted at number 20 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Recurrents. The album was then released on 15 July 2008 in the United States and Canada under the label Mercury Records.[51] It peaked at number 18 on the U.S. iTunes Store. It later debuted at number 116 on the US Billboard Album Chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers with sales of 6,000 copies. Overall the album sold over 21,000 copies in the United States.[52][53]

In July 2008, it was announced that Goodrem would embark on a national tour of Australia, titled the Believe Again Tour.[54] She originally announced nine dates in seven cities, but later announced more shows, performing 14 in eight cities. The tour ran from 9 January to 4 February 2009. A concert DVD of the tour was released on 18 September 2009.[55] It was called Believe Again: Australian Tour 2009. It peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA DVD Chart and was certified Gold for sales over 7,500 copies.[56]

Goodrem also recorded a duet, “Right Here With You”, with Olivia Newton-John to help raise money for Newton-John’s cancer hospital in Melbourne.[57][58]

Goodrem was nominated for two awards at the 2008 ARIA Awards – Highest Selling Single and Highest Selling Album – and won the award for Highest Selling Album of 2008.[59] At the 2008 World Music Awards, held on 9 November in Monaco, Goodrem received her third World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Australian Artist. In March 2010, Goodrem and Guy Sebastian were chosen by the Jackson estate to perform at the Australian launch of Michael Jackson’s This Is It DVD.[60] The invitation-only event was attended by the film’s director Kenny Ortega, Jackson’s choreographer Travis Payne, and Jackson’s brother Jackie Jackson.[61] Goodrem and Sebastian performed “Earth Song“.[62]

2011–14: Child of the Universe, The Voice[edit]

Goodrem at the 2012 Logie Awards

On 24 November 2011, Goodrem was confirmed to be a part of the judging panel of the Australian version of The Voice which aired in early 2012, coaching alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden, and Seal.[63] Some of Goodrem’s decisions on the show sparked criticism, with comments she was “all style” and “little substance”.[64] Rachael Leahcar was Goodrem’s contestant in the final four. This was after Goodrem chose Leahcar over Glenn Cunningham, who was Goodrem’s back up singer on her Believe Again Tour in 2009. Leahcar finished third. Goodrem returned for season two in 2013, again with Madden and Seal, with Ricky Martin replacing Urban. Goodrem’s finalist for season two was Celia Pavey who also finished third.[65]

An announcement was made on 19 March 2012, stating that there is now a countdown on Goodrem’s official website to 30 March, with the promise of “something new, something fresh, something altogether exciting”. On that day, it was then announced that Goodrem would be releasing her new single, “Sitting on Top of the World“.[66] “Sitting on Top of the World” debuted and peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum. It also peaked number twenty three in New Zealand and was certified Gold. The album’s second single, “Dancing with a Broken Heart” was released on 10 August 2012. It debuted and peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and is Goodrem’s second lowest charting single to date. The third single, “Wish You Were Here“, was released on 12 October 2012. “Wish You Were Here” debuted at number seven on the ARIA Charts and later peaked at number five, and was certified Platinum. Goodrem’s fourth studio album, Child of the Universe was released on 26 October 2012, which debuted at number two on the ARIA Charts and spent ten weeks in the top 50. It was certified Gold in its second with for sales of 35,000 copies. Along with the release of the album, Goodrem embarked on her “An Evening with Delta: The Top of My World Shows” which supported the album release with a series of stripped back shows, starting in Brisbane on 27 October then two Sydney shows on 31 October 2012 and 2 November 2012 and finishing with Melbourne on 7 and 8 November 2012. Rachael Leahcar was the tour’s opening act.[67] Goodrem was featured on the album “Spirit of Christmas 2012”, singing “Blue Christmas”. In November, she also recorded a Christmas EP titled Christmas. It was released on 14 December 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.[68][69]

On 1 February 2013, it was confirmed that Goodrem had signed with US manager Irving Azoff.[70] Goodrem performed at the Mardi Gras in Sydney in March 2013. This was a late night performance, in Mardigrasland, which was well received by critics. She performed dance version of some of her hit songs including “Born to Try“, “Lost Without You“, “Predictable“, “Believe Again“, “Child of the Universe” and “Sitting on Top of the World“.[71] In May 2013, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu joined Goodrem for a special performance of “Bayini” on The Voice Australia, in celebration of National Reconciliation Week.[72] The song was later released on iTunes and debuted at number four on the ARIA Singles Chart on 10 June 2013.[73][74] On 17 June 2013, Goodrem released her new single “Heart Hypnotic“, which she also performed on the Live Finale of The Voice.[75]

Goodrem celebrated 10 years since releasing her multi-platinum album Innocent Eyes which topped the Australian ARIA Charts and reached number two on the UK Albums Chart by releasing Innocent Eyes: Ten Year Anniversary Acoustic Edition on 29 November 2013, which debuted and peaked at number 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart. On 26 November 2013, it was announced that Goodrem would not be returning to The Voice Australia for the third season in 2014 but instead chose to be a part of the new Australian version of The Voice Kids.[76] Goodrem revealed on her Twitter account that the decision was made because this would give her more time on her music career and more time to work on her new album. The show premiered on 22 June 2014 and finished on 10 August.[77] Goodrem was a coach alongside Joel Madden, who teamed up with his brother Benji Madden, and Mel B. Darren McMullen hosted The Voice Kids while also remaining on the original version.[78] Goodrem attended the 2014 AACTA Awards where she performed “Kissing You” in tribute to Baz Luhrmann‘s film Romeo + Juliet.[79] Goodrem joined the Australian and New Zealand leg of Andrea Bocelli‘s Passion For Life Tour in September 2014.[80] To celebrate being part of the tour, Goodrem released a cover of Martika‘s 1991 single “Love… Thy Will Be Done” on 12 September 2014.[81][82]

2015–present: Return to Neighbours, stage debut and Wings of the Wild[edit]

It was announced on 13 January 2015, that Goodrem was returning as a judge The Voice Australia for the show’s fourth season.[83][84] Goodrem’s single “Only Human” was released on 13 March to coincide with her return as Nina Tucker for Neighbours 30th anniversary.[85][86] She returned for three episodes starting from 16 March.[87][88] Goodrem also appeared in a documentary special celebrating the anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK.[89][90] She joined the Australian leg of Ricky Martin’s One World Tour in April as his supporting act.[86][91][92] She also revealed that she has been working with DNA and Jon Hume.[93]

On 24 July 2015, Goodrem released “Wings” as the lead single from her fifth studio album Wings of the Wild. The song peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts and was certified double platinum.[94][95] Goodrem also promoted the single in New Zealand and the UK.[96][97] From October 2015 to February 2016, Goodrem made her musical theatre debut playing Grizabella in an Australian version of Cats. She performed the role in the Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane legs of the show.[98][99]Dear Life” was released on 6 May 2016 as the second single from Wings of the Wild.[100][101][102] The single debuted and peaked at number three on the ARIA Singles Chart and was later certified Platinum.[95]Enough” featuring American rapper Gizzle was released as the third single on 24 June 2016 and debuted at number forty six on the ARIA Singles Chart. It later peaked at number twenty seven in its third week on the chart.[103] Wings of the Wild was released on 1 July 2016.[104][105]The River” was later released with a story music video for the tour in September 2016, while she was in New Zealand.[106][107][108]

Goodrem made her House Husbands debut in 2017.[109][110] In 2017 Delta became the V8 Supercars Australia ambassador, promoting the sport and being the official performer at the racing events throughout the year.[111][112] In 2017, an advertisement for Apple Music featuring Goodrem was criticised by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) for promoting unsafe driving. Complaints about the video to the Bureau stated that it “[sic]does not promote safe driving” and features Goodrem placing her head and arms outside a moving a vehicle and “moving around in a motor vehicle with no clearly visible safety belt”. In response to the complaints, Apple Inc. said that it felt “confident” that the advertisement didn’t breach the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) Advertiser Code of Ethics standards and saw no issues relating to car safety, with both individuals in the car wearing lap seat belts. The ASB said that people may not realise that vintage cars are fitted with lap seatbelts which are not clearly seen in the video. The advertisement was pulled from screening and wouldn’t re-air until Apple re-edited it with all parts featuring Goodrem’s arms and hands outside of the car window removed.[113] On 15 February 2018 Goodrem released her latest single called “Think About You“, which was also released for streaming and download on her website on 16 February 2018. Her single “Think About You” was written by Goodrem in collaboration with other popular hit songwriters Julian Bunetta and John Ryan who also wrote for One Direction, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Maroon 5. “Think About You” is described as being a “feel good, upbeat song with an irresistible catchy groove”, yet is also noted for its cheeky sexualised lyrics that earned it to be called a “sexy upbeat banger” by reviewers [114][115][116] Goodrem reinvented her look which included colouring her hair darker for this promotional video.[117]

Delta played Olivia Newton-John in the Olivia Newton-John biopic called Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You and released a covers soundtrack album called I Honestly Love You [118] in May 2018. [119][120]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Goodrem began a nine-month relationship with Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. Her “comeback” single, “Out of the Blue“, was written about his support during her cancer battle.[121][122] The couple’s relationship ended in controversy when newspapers reported Philippoussis had been unfaithful.[123]

Later in 2004, Goodrem began dating former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, with whom she collaborated on the duet “Almost Here”. They were engaged but the pair ended their relationship in April 2011.[124] In May 2011, Goodrem started dating Nick Jonas. They broke up in February 2012.[125]

In July 2017, Goodrem was fined and suspended from driving after at least two accounts of speeding offences. She received a letter in May 2017 informing her about her infringements, and later sought to dispute the notices at a planned trial date with the Downing Centre Local Court on 4 July 2017; however, her management later told the court that she withdrew the appeal.[126][127]

Legacy and artistry[edit]

A wax figure of Goodrem at Madame Tussauds Sydney

Goodrem’s repertoire falls under the pop and adult contemporary styles, and heavily features the piano, which she usually plays barefoot while performing live.[128] Goodrem is also known for her technically skilled soprano voice,[129][130] which in a review of Delta was described as crystalline, fierce and illuminating in quality.[131] Goodrem has also endorsed many products such as WII, Sanitarium, So Good, Nesquik, Sunsilk and Pepsi[132][133][134][135][136] [137] Delta has also released an underwear range, Delta by Anabella (Briefly 2004–2006) and a self-titled perfume in 2017, followed by another perfume called “Dream” in 2018.[138][139][140][141]

Goodrem was honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, which opened in April 2012. The singer donated to the attraction a dress that she had previously worn on stage.[142]

Her debut album, 2003’s Innocent Eyes, made her one of Australia’s highest-selling female recording artists, spending 29 weeks at No. 1,[17] selling over 1.2 million copies in Australia and another 4.5 million internationally, debuting at number 2 in the UK and breaking various records in the process.[31]

In 2004, Goodrem released Mistaken Identity, her second studio album which entered the ARIA charts at No. 1 spawning two No. 1 singles and quickly gained multi-platinum status. In 2005, Goodrem embarked on The Visualise Tour, her debut concert tour of Australia, combining songs from both Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity. Goodrem released her third studio album, self-titled Delta, on 20 October 2007 to yet another number-one debut, gaining multi-platinum status within the first few months of release. Goodrem also shifted attention to different markets, releasing the album in the Far East and the USA. In January 2009, Goodrem embarked on the Believe Again Tour of Australia to support her third studio album.[59] Her fourth album Child of the Universe had two platinum singles, “Sitting On Top of the World” and “Wish You Were Here”. Her fifth album, Wings of the Wild became her fourth No. 1 album on the ARIA Albums Chart, while producing the No. 1 single “Wings” and “Dear Life” went platinum and peaked at #3.

Goodrem has a total of nine number-one singles and 17 top-ten hits on the ARIA Singles Chart.[14] She has sold over eight million albums globally.[143]

Charity work[edit]

In May 2005, Goodrem helped launch “Teen Info on Cancer”, a UK website aimed at supporting young teenage sufferers.[144] In November 2005, Goodrem became an ambassador for Research Australia’s “Thank You Day”, which honours the country’s health and medical researchers and received a Thank You Day Celebrity Advocacy Award “in recognition of her efforts in raising funds and awareness for Australian medical research and charities.”[145][146]

Goodrem is set to be the face of Alternative Hair, the UK hairdressing industry’s top fundraising event, in aid of cancer charity Leukaemia Research.[147] Goodrem is also a member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drink Driving), a group of celebrities raising awareness of the risks of drunk driving.[148] In 2011 Goodrem became an ambassador for the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research.[149][150]

On 27 October 2017, she was featured on a cover of The Beatles‘ “With a Little Help from My Friends“, to raise money for the Sony Foundation’s project Friends4Youth.



Stage Show
  • 2015–2016: Cats: Australia – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Seasons


List of appearances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Hey Dad..! Cynthia Broadhurst Guest role; “The Real Ladies Man”
1993 A Country Practice Georgina Bailey Guest role; “Little Lies, Part 1” and “Little Lies, Part 2”
1995 Police Rescue Sophie Harris Guest role; “Conduct Endangering Life”
2002 Neighbours Nina Tucker Regular role; 2002–2003. Recurring role: 2003–2005. Guest role: 2015
2005 Hating Alison Ashley Alison Ashley Main role
2005 North Shore Taylor Ward Guest role; “The Ex-Games” and “The End”
2009 Australian Idol Herself Guest judge
2011 Santa’s Apprentice Little Beatrice Voice role
2012–13, 2015– The Voice Herself Judge
2012 Take Two with Phineas And Ferb Herself Guest interviewee
2014 The Voice Kids Herself Judge; 2014
2015 Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite Herself Documentary
2016 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Documentary
2016 Play School Herself Guest presenter
2017 House Husbands Izzy Dreyfus 3 episodes, season 5
2018 Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted to You Olivia Newton-John Miniseries

Stage roles[edit]

Year Title Role
2015–2016 Cats Grizabella

Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle

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Nadine Coyle
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Coyle in 2005
Background information
Birth name Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle
Also known as Nadine
Born (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 33)
Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • entrepreneur
  • Voice
  • piano
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts
Website nadine-coyle.com

Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle (born 15 June 1985) is an Irish[1] singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Coyle rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud. The group amassed a joint fortune of £30 million by May 2010. With Girls Aloud, Coyle has been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK top ten singles (including four number ones), two UK number one albums, and received nominations for five BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 for “The Promise“.

Coyle released her debut solo album Insatiable and its title track was released on 8 November 2010 through her own label, Black Pen Records, in partnership with supermarket giant Tesco.[2] In late 2017, she released her new single “Go to Work” on Virgin EMI Records. Although the record failed to chart on the Official Singles Chart, it did chart at number 57 on the Official Singles Sales Chart, which counts only paid-for sales in the UK, and at number 52 on the Scottish Singles Chart.[3] Coyle released “Girls on Fire” as the first song from her upcoming EP on 8 February 2018,[4]Gossip” on 23 February 2018 and “September Song” on 9 March 2018. “Something in Your Bones” was released on 23 March 2018,[5] as well as the Nadine EP[6].

Early life

Coyle was born on 15 June 1985 to Lillian and Niall Coyle in Derry, Northern Ireland.[7] Her parents first noticed her talent for singing at the age of two, when she sang The Drifters‘ “Saturday Night at the Movies.”[7] Coyle was uninterested in her education but received good grades.[7] She recorded a demo CD,[7] which was distributed to Louis Walsh and The Late Late Show. The CD included cover versions of “Fields of Gold“, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow“, “Love Is“, and the ariaSummertime“.[8]


Girls Aloud performing live

2002–2009: Girls Aloud

While attending Thornhill College in 2001, Coyle auditioned for the Irish version of the reality television talent show Popstars, on which Louis Walsh was a judge. She won a place in the band Six, but it was later revealed that she had lied about her age. She was just 16 years old, two years younger than the minimum age requirement of 18.[9] Coyle said she was “exploited” by RTÉ.[10] She returned to Thornhill College in Derry. She later revealed how she had a cancer scare when she found a lump in her breast when she was 17.[11]

Walsh encouraged Coyle to enter Popstars: The Rivals, the second British series of the international Popstars franchise. The series’ goal was to create two winning pop groups – a boy band and a girl group, each consisting of five members who would then partake in “a battle of the sexes” as they vie for the Christmas number one on the UK Singles Chart.[12] Several thousand applicants attended auditions across the UK in hope of being selected. Ten girls and ten boys were chosen as finalists by judges Walsh, Pete Waterman, and Geri Halliwell. These finalists then took to the stage participating in weekly Saturday night live performances (alternating weekly between the girls and boys). Following her performance of “Fields of Gold”, Walsh told her she gave the “performance of the night. Stole the show for me,” while fellow judge Halliwell said, “I’d love to buy a single of yours already”.[13]

Coyle joined Cheryl Tweedy, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh to comprise the new girl group Girls Aloud, formed through the show by a public vote on 30 November 2002.[14] The group’s debut single “Sound of the Underground” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one.[15] Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one.[16] The group released their debut album Sound of the Underground in May 2003,[17] which entered the charts at number two and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) later the same year. Their singles “I’ll Stand by You“, “Walk This Way“, and “The Promise” have charted at number one. Two of their albums have reached the top of the UK Albums Chart: their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008’s Out of Control, both of which entered the chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold.[18] They also achieved seven certified albums and have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for “The Promise”.

The group’s musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud’s collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim,[19] due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records lists them as “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2007 edition. They also hold the record for “Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group” in the 2008 edition, and are credited again for “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone.[20][21]

In 2009, Girls Aloud decided they would partake in a hiatus to pursue solo projects.[22]

2009–2013: Insatiable and Girls Aloud reunion

Coyle after show in 2009

She collaborated with Boyz II Men for their album Love, recording a cover of the Take That song “Back for Good“, although the song was cut from the final track listing.[23] Coyle also worked with Jay Sean,[24] although the duet was later scrapped.[25]

Coyle announced plans to release a solo album during Girls Aloud’s hiatus.[26][27][28] She enlisted Barbara Charone, who has worked with Madonna and Christina Aguilera, as a publicist and Bruce Garfield as her manager.[29][30] Early reports indicated three major record labels interested in Coyle,[31] In April 2010, it was reported she had signed to Geffen Records.[32] The deal later fell through.[33] In August 2010, Coyle officially signed a deal with grocery store chain Tesco‘s new record label, releasing the album through her own Black Pen Records imprint.[2][33]

She worked with a number of famous songwriters and producers during recording sessions, such as Desmond Child, Guy Chambers, Mike Elizondo, Steve Booker, Toby Gad, Tony Kanal and newcomer Ricci Riccardi.[27][30][34] According to an interview with Booker, Coyle had worked on song ideas using GarageBand which she then presented to Booker in England to work on together further.[35] The producer said, “She was singing her songs to loops, and then I took the loops out and rewrote the music from scratch to her ideas.”[35] He described her songs as “very pop”.[35] Booker also worked on songs to show off Coyle’s vocals: “Because she’s got such a belting voice, I tried a couple of things where she could really belt,” he said.[35][36]

The album was preceded by the release of her debut single, the title track “Insatiable“. Co-written with Guy Chambers and produced by Ricci Riccardi, the song has an “80s feel” and “a harder, guitar-led sound.”[37][38] The single peaked at number twenty-six in the UK Singles Chart.

In November 2012, Coyle reunited with the rest of Girls Aloud to celebrate their tenth anniversary. On 18 November 2012, the band released their new single “Something New” which was also the official charity single for Children in Need. The group released their second greatest hits compilation Ten on 26 November 2012. Coyle and the group embarked on the Ten: The Hits Tour in February. After the tour’s conclusion in March 2013, the group announced that they were disbanding.

2013–present: Nadine EP

In late June, Coyle appeared on ITV’s Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember, as part of ITV Music Specials. On the programme she sang a cover of “Dangerous Games”, shortly thereafter she announced she would star alongside Flatley on his 2014 tour on select dates.[39] Coyle, in August, also revealed she has been in the studio recording new songs for her forthcoming second studio album, most likely due in the middle of 2015.[40]

On 16 September 2014, Coyle announced that she began working with longtime collaborator Brian Higgins.[41] In March 2015, Coyle spoke about the details concerning her second album, stating that she intended on signing with a major label and that the sound is “similar” to that of London Grammar.[42]

In July 2017, it was announced that Coyle had signed a recording deal with Virgin EMI Records.[43] She released her new single, “Go to Work“, on 8 September 2017.[44] In February 2018, it was announced that Coyle will release a four-track EP in April 2018.[45]Girls on Fire” was the first track to be released from the EP, on 8 February 2018.[4]

Coyle announced a seven-date tour, touring the UK and Ireland in May 2018.[46] The tour was cancelled[47][48][49][50] without reschedule in April 2018, a month before commencing, with Coyle stating it was becoming “impossible to achieve” what they had wanted to do, and that the cancellation was “definitely a lesson” for her.[47]

Other ventures

As a member of Girls Aloud, Coyle has also appeared in the fly on the wall documentary Girls Aloud: Home Truths, the E4 documentary series Girls Aloud: Off the Record, and a one-off variety show entitled The Girls Aloud Party. Coyle made a cameo appearance in Natasha Bedingfield‘s video for “I Wanna Have Your Babies“.[51]

Coyle contributed to the book Dreams that Glitter – Our Story, an autobiography with her Girls Aloud bandmates, in October 2008. The book was written with a ghostwriter and published by the Transworld imprint Bantam Press.[52][53] The book featured unseen photographs and included insights into the members’ personal lives, their success together, style tips, and “everything we’ve learned about life, love and music.”[53][54]

As a member of Girls Aloud, Coyle has also endorsed Barbie, KitKat, Nintendo DS, Samsung, Sunsilk and Pandora.[55][56]

In December 2009, Coyle visited her hometown of Derry to successfully break the record of the most trees planted in one site in an hour by 100 volunteers.[57] Coyle has also dedicated some of her time to charities, including the Northern Ireland children’s hospice.[57]

Coyle published her new record label Black Pen Records, which additionally released her debut album Insatiable and her further singles.[58] In 2012, Coyle served as a guest judge for an episode of the series America’s Next Top Model.[59]

Personal life

In January 2008, Coyle started dating former American football player Jason Bell, and the two were engaged until their split in May 2011. On 15 August 2013, Coyle announced she was expecting a child on her official Instagram account, with the caption: “I’m having a baby Xx”.[60][61] She further confirmed her reunion with ex-fiancé Jason Bell, who is the father of her baby girl. Their daughter, Anaíya Bell, was born on February 10, 2014 and announced via her Twitter and Instagram on April 20.[62]

After nine years in Los Angeles, Coyle moved back to Northern Ireland to raise her daughter Anaiya [63]. She owns an Irish pub in Sunset Beach, California named Nadine Irish Mist.[64][65][66] In 2013, her estimated wealth was £6 million according to that year’s Sunday Times Rich List.[67]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions
Insatiable 20 51 47

Extended plays

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions
Nadine EP


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Insatiable 2010 20 23 26 Insatiable
“Sweetest High” 2011 Non-album single
“I Could Be”[72]
(with Shane Filan)
2015 Right Here
Go to Work 2017 52 [A] Non-album single
“—” denotes album that did not chart or was not released
  1. Jump up ^ “Go to Work” did not enter the Official Singles Chart, but peaked at number 57 on the Official Singles Sales Chart, which counts only paid-for sales in the UK.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Irish Popstars Herself/Contestant Reality TV Series; Left because she was underage.
2002 Popstars: The Rivals Contestant/Herself/Competitor Reality TV series; 1st place
2005 Girls Aloud: Home Truths Herself Reality TV series; Documentary
2006 Girls Aloud: Off the Record Herself Reality TV series; Documentary
2007 The Friday Night Project Herself Co-Presenter
2008 The Passions of Girls Aloud Herself Reality TV series; Documentary
2008 The Girls Aloud Party Co-presenter Special TV show
2012 America’s Next Top Model Mentor/Judge “Jessica Sutta and Nadine Coyle” (Episode 6; Season 18)
2012 Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top Herself Documentary
2013 Pop Life, I’m in a Girl Group! Herself Documentary; Episode 2 of 3
2013 Ten: The Hits Tour Herself Girls Aloud live from the O2 Arena and last ever interview as a group.
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Surfing with William Young girl Supporting role
2007 St Trinian’s Herself Supporting role
Actress (5 credits)
 2014 Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
Erin the Goddess
 2007 St. Trinian’s
School Band Member
 2005 Children in Need (TV Series)

Episode #1.26 (2005) … Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 1999 Surfing with William (Short)
Young girl

Self (84 credits)
 2018 Celebrity Juice (TV Series)

Episode #20.6 (2018) … Herself
 2018 The Horne Section Television Programme (TV Special)
 2018 The BRIT Awards 2018
 2018 Lorraine (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 14 February 2018 (2018) … Herself – Guest
 2006-2017 Loose Women (TV Series)

Episode #22.39 (2017) … Herself
Episode #9.20 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #9.15 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2017 Sunday Brunch (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode #6.33 (2017) … Herself – Guest
 2015-2017 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Musical Guest

Episode #14.5 (2017) … Herself – Musical Guest
Episode #12.40 (2015) … Herself – Musical Guest
 2012 Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top (TV Movie documentary)
 2012 The Graham Norton Show (TV Series)

Martin Freeman/Dawn French/Lee Mack/Girls Aloud (2012) … Herself (uncredited)
 2012 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series)
Herself – Member, Girls Aloud / Herself – Audience Member

Week Seven: The Results (2012) … Herself – Member, Girls Aloud
Week Two (2012) … Herself – Audience Member (uncredited)
 2012 America’s Next Top Model (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Judge & Recording Artist & Former Member of Girls Aloud

Jessica Sutta and Nadine Coyle (2012) … Herself – Guest Judge & Recording Artist & Former Member of Girls Aloud
 2010 The Album Chart Show (TV Series)
Herself – Performer / Herself – Interviewee

Nadine Coyle Album Chart Show Special (2010) … Herself – Performer
Episode dated 11 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Interviewee
 2004-2010 This Morning (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Interviewee / Herself – Performer

Episode dated 11 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Interviewee
Episode dated 2 November 2007 (2007) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 3 September 2007 (2007) … Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 11 December 2006 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 1 July 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005-2010 The Late Late Show (TV Series)
Herself – Interviewee / Herself

Episode dated 5 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Interviewee
Episode dated 18 March 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2010 Daybreak (TV Series)
Herself – Performer

Episode dated 3 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Performer
 2010 Live from Studio Five (TV Series)
Herself – Interviewee / Herself

Episode dated 2 November 2010 (2010) … Herself – Interviewee
Episode dated 16 September 2010 (2010) … Herself
 2010 Something for the Weekend (TV Series)
Herself – Interviewee

Episode dated 31 October 2010 (2010) … Herself – Interviewee
 2010 Paul O’Grady Live (TV Series)

Episode #1.8 (2010) … Herself
 2010 Boyzone’s Tribute to Stephen Gately (TV Movie)
 2009 Xposé (TV Series)

Episode #4.64 (2009) … Herself
 2009 Girls Aloud: Out of Control – Live from the O2 2009 (Video)
Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2009 Girls Aloud: Out of Control Live from the O2 (TV Movie)
Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2009 Brit Awards 2009 (TV Special)
Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2009 The BRITs 2009 Encore (TV Movie)
Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2009 The BRITs 2009 Red Carpet (TV Movie)
 2002-2008 Top of the Pops (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Performer / Performer

Episode dated 25 December 2008 (2008) … Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 25 December 2006 (2006) … Performer (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 27 November 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 20 August 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 30 July 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2008 The Girls Aloud Party (TV Movie)
Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2008 The Xtra Factor (TV Series)

Episode #5.13 (2008) … Herself
 2008 The Passions of… Girls Aloud (TV Series documentary)

Sarah (2008) … Herself
 2003-2008 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (TV Series)
Herself / Performer / Herself – Performer

Episode #8.3 (2008) … Performer (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #6.3 (2006) … Herself
Episode #5.1 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #4.4 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #2.1 (2003) … Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2007 Keith Barry: The Escape Live (TV Movie)
 2004-2007 The New Paul O’Grady Show (TV Series)

Episode #7.48 (2007) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #5.24 (2006) … Herself
Episode #4.9 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #3.64 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #3.40 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2007 Get Girls Aloud’s Style (Video)
 2007 Saturday Night with Miriam (TV Series)

Episode #3.5 (2007) … Herself
 2007 Comic Relief 2007: The Big One (TV Special)
Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2007 Comic Relief: The Apprentice (TV Movie)
 2007 Comic Relief Does Fame Academy (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Performer

Episode #3.6 (2007) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #3.5 (2007) … Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2007 Richard & Judy (TV Series)

Episode dated 9 March 2007 (2007) … Herself
 2007 Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks (TV Series)

Episode #2.2 (2007) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2006 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (TV Special)
Herself (uncredited)
 2006 Ghost Hunting with Girls Aloud (TV Special)
 2003-2006 Popworld (TV Series)

Episode dated 9 December 2006 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 3 August 2003 (2003) … Herself
 2006 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series)

Episode #11.13 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2003-2006 Children in Need (TV Series)

Episode #1.27 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #1.25 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #1.24 (2003) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2006 Girls Aloud: Off the Record (TV Series)

Episode #1.6 (2006) … Herself
Episode #1.5 (2006) … Herself
Episode #1.4 (2006) … Herself
Episode #1.3 (2006) … Herself
Episode #1.2 (2006) … Herself
 2006 All Time Greatest Movie Songs (TV Special)
Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005-2006 Top of the Pops: Reloaded (TV Series)

Episode dated 11 March 2006 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 27 November 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #1.9 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #1.7 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #1.1 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2006 Davina (TV Series)

Episode #1.4 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2003-2006 CD:UK (TV Series)

Episode dated 4 March 2006 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 18 February 2006 (2006) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 24 December 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 3 December 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 12 November 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 2005 (TV Movie)
Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 Christmas Mania 2005 (TV Movie)
Herself – Presenter & Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 Today with Des and Mel (TV Series)

Episode dated 8 December 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 Girls Aloud: Home Truths (TV Movie)
 2002-2005 Smile (TV Series)

Episode dated 9 October 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 4 May 2003 (2003) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode #1.16 (2002) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 Pepsi Max Downloaded: Stars Without the Sugar (TV Series)

Girls Aloud (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2004-2005 Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown (TV Series)

Episode dated 13 August 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 13 November 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 18 September 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 3 July 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 Girls Aloud: Girls on Film (Video)
 2003-2005 Top of the Pops Saturday (TV Series documentary)

Episode dated 26 February 2005 (2005) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 18 December 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 13 November 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 18 September 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 4 September 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2005 More All-Time Greatest Love Songs (TV Movie documentary)
Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2004 Girls Aloud: Love Machine (Video short)
Herself – Star
 2004 The Royal Variety Performance 2004 (TV Special)
 2004 T4 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 2004 (TV Movie)
 2003-2004 GMTV (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Performer

Episode dated 18 November 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 15 September 2004 (2004) … Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 26 February 2004 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
Episode dated 5 November 2003 (2003) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2004 Disney Channel Kids Awards 2004 (TV Special)
 2004 Simply the Best (TV Series)
Herself – Performer

Episode #1.8 (2004) … Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2004 Big Brother’s Big Mouth (TV Series)

Episode #1.17 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2004 Big Brother’s Little Brother (TV Series)

Episode #4.29 (2004) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2004 Discomania (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Performer
 2004 Childline Concert 2004 (TV Movie)
 2003 SM:TV Gold (TV Series)

Episode dated 27 December 2003 (2003) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2003 Total Request Live (TV Series)

Episode dated 20 November 2003 (2003) … Herself
 2003 The National Music Awards 2003 (TV Special)
Herself – Performer
 2003 Greasemania (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Performer
 2003 Girls Aloud: Life Got Cold (Video short)
 2003 95.8 Capital FM’s Party in the Park for the Prince’s Trust 2003 (TV Special)
Herself – Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2003 Girls Aloud: No Good Advice (Video short)
 2003 Spring Break Live 2003 (TV Special)
Herself / Performer (as Girls Aloud)
 2003 Oblivious (TV Series)

Oblivious Popstars (2003) … Herself
 2002 RI:SE (TV Series)

Episode #1.170 (2002) … Herself (as Girls Aloud)
 2002 Popstars: The Rivals (TV Series)
Winner / Herself – Girls Aloud
 2001 Popstars: Ireland (TV Series)

Antonella Barba

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Antonella Barba
Birth name Antonella Maria Barba
Born (1986-11-26) November 26, 1986 (age 31)
Origin Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States
Genres Pop
Years active 2007–present

Antonella Maria Barba (born November 26, 1986) is an American singer who placed in the top 16 on the sixth season of American Idol. She was eliminated before the top 12 were chosen.


Barba was born in California to parents Vincenzo and Valerie, and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She went to high school at Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey. She has one younger brother and two younger sisters. Barba graduated in 2008 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studying architecture.[1]

Barba is currently a non-partisan spokesperson for ElectionMall‘s Voter Space.[2]

On October 14, 2018, Barba was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia and charged with heroin distribution of 100 grams or more.[3]

American Idol[edit]

Barba was first seen on television at the New York City auditions of Idol in a January 2007 episode. She auditioned with her friend Amanda Collucio; after Collucio sang her rendition of Patsy Cline‘s “Crazy” Barba took center stage and belted out a smooth performance of Deniece Williams‘ “Free.” Paula dubbed Barba “fantastic” and Simon advised her “when someone is down on the floor kick them”. Nevertheless, the judges praised her performance and liked it better than her friend Amanda’s performance; eventually both received golden ticket passes to Hollywood. Barba made it into the top 24 but her friend was cut before the top 40.


Barba received notoriety beyond the show when a series of racy photographs of her surfaced on the Internet prior to the final twelve contestants being chosen. These included photos of her posing in a wet T-shirt in the fountain of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C..[4][5]

Fear Factor[edit]

Barba appeared on the January 9, 2012 show of Fear Factor titled “Roach Coach.” Her partner’s name was Jenna. The fact that she was on American Idol did not come up. However, it stated that Jenna and Barba own a singing telegraph business. The duo was eliminated in the first round when Jenna quit.


Barba appears in Jerseyboy Hero, a documentary film about the Jersey Shore where she is originally from. She and her friend (Amanda Coluccio) comment on their American Idol experience and what they think about the industry’s ups and downs.[6][7]

American Idol performances[edit]

Week # Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Women) N/A I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith 5 Safe
Top 20 (10 Women) N/A Because You Loved Me Celine Dion 5 Safe
Top 16 (8 Women) N/A Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae 3 Eliminated


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Dance CAN
2010 “Jersey Girl”