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Feargal Sharkey

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Derry, Northern Ireland, UK (1975 – 1992)

Feargal Sharkey (born Sean Feargal Sharkey on 13 August 1958, in Derry, Northern Ireland, UK) is a singer who first found fame as the lead vocalist of pop punk band The Undertones (1975), famous for the hit single “Teenage Kicks”. Before his actual solo career took off, he was also the singer of the one-shot group The Assembly, with the ex-Yazoo supremo Vince Clarke in 1983 (with their UK singles chart number 4 hit, “Never Never”).

His best-known solo material is the 1985 UK chart-topping single penned by Maria McKee, “A Good Heart”, which went to number one in several countries. His solo work is significantly different from the semi-punk offerings of The Undertones. He also got a UK number 5 in 1986 with “You Little Thief”.

Starting in 1992 Sharkey moved into the business side of the music industry, initially as an A&R manager for Polydor Records and then as Managing Director of EXP Ltd. He was appointed a Member of the Radio Authority for five years from December 1998 to December 2003. He then became Chairman of the UK Government task force the ‘Live Music Forum’ in 2004.

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