An interesting fact about Simply Red is that despite the widespread belief, the name is not derived from Micks' Hucknall red hair, but is a token of loyalty to the Manchester United team, being a born and raised in the city. His love and devotion to the club even driven him to try purchase it in 1998 but he couldn't pull it off.Before singing sweetly to the lady's ears, Hucknall was actually a punk singer, front man of a band inspired by the Sex Pistols, which speaks highly about his variable abilities. At first, Mick was backed by Tim Kellet on trumpet and keyboard and Fritz McIntyre as back-up singer and keyboard player. The band had many changing musicians over the years, including from different parts of the world, such as Brazil (guitarist Heitor Pereira) and Japan (Gota Yashiki).The first major hit of the group was "Holding Back the Years" from their debut album "Picture Book", released in 1985 and placed first in the charts in America and Ireland, and second in England. It took another decade for fully winning the heart of the English public – the song "Fairground" released in 1995, accompanied with a unique music video of its time and presenting more electronic music rather the blues style from which everything started.
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