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Jimmy Barnes

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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1956 – present)

Jimmy Barnes (b. 1956) is an Australian rock singer.

Barnes was born James Dixon Swan on the 28th April 1956 in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Australia with his family when he was six years old.

He first came to public attention as the lead singer with popular Australian pub-rock band Cold Chisel, which he joined in 1973 and with whom he recorded seven albums between 1978 and 1983. When the band split up in 1983 he launched a solo career almost immediately; his first album, Bodyswerve, entered the Australian charts at number one. It was the first of a remarkable run of top charting albums for Barnes, as each of his first six solo albums entered the charts at number one, a feat that no other Australian artist is likely to match.

In 1986 Barnes recorded two singles with INXS, duetting with that band’s singer Michael Hutchence on a cover of The Easybeats’ “Good Times”, and “Laying Down the Law”, which was co-written by Barnes with INXS members Andrew Farriss and Hutchence. “Good Times” was used as the theme song for the Australia Made series of concerts that toured the country in the summer of 1986-1987. Both songs later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1980s teen vampire film The Lost Boys.

Following Hutchence’s death in 1997, Barnes appeared live on stage with INXS at shows throughout Australia between 1999 and 2001.

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  • CidaDuarteF

    ℒ◎❤ε his voice "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby"

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nachiro

    his voice rocks!

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mitchy39

    i met jimmy the last time he played in glasgow about five years ago,he is a really nice guy and what a singer and brilliant band,going to see him again this year when he is back in glasgow.can't wait.

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    listening to an album from the Sydney opera house, wow really amazing!

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • pascaleledumbo

    If anyone interested..I have a pre-sale code from frontier and I am not using it..Msg me if interested.. Cheers..

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • razzu

    poor tjuderi, still not aware he'll be flippin burgers at mcdonalds all his life :(

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • AzzX

    Tjudel has not a clue, Not expecting much of his musical taste judging by that simplistic comment.

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • kidy11

    hey jimmy barnes, mahalia & son didnt get his name but his smile was great when he looked me in the eyes with a cute smikrk on his face, i hope ur reading this cutie, i want u so bad, keep thinking bout u this chik from mildura at o'malleys

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • razzu

    barnsey, I hate you for not tourin europe!!!

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    nice performance on the footy show he can give anything a cool spin

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Lord_Krichian

    likeable guy

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • divi18

    Aussie Legend.

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • razzu

    he gives some lessons in love ^^

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Saveall

    I just wish he would have made it bigger over here in the states. Love his motown covers too.

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • saladasalad

    fucken classic

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • psvfan

    i seen jimmy live a couple of times and can hey make a party come a life. i manely see him when he is in the netherlands because that's where i''m from. there is however 1time i seen him in germany shutorf open air in i think 1996 as last artist/preformer before the Rolling Stones. that was a superb combo the stones and jimmy barnes see you at a next dutch gig jimmy sinserly yours dave jansen from eindhoven in hollan(the neterherland)

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • hollyy___x

    Check out Baby Animals, fans of this artists will like them. http://www.myspace.com/babyanimals

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • thevelvetending

    as great as this "aussie" artist is, it is funny he it not actually australian.... still a legend though

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Melsmusic

    I really think we need a fresh photo. Personally I'm tired of this one and doesn't reflect the current Barnsey. Anyone got a good image to test out here?

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • SnowyGem

    He was awesome on stage in the rehersals for 2000 Olympic Closing ceremony...... absolute character :D One of my fave Aussie artists :D

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
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