Biography

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.

His album Double Happiness, released in July 2005, reaffirmed his popularity, entering the ARIAnet albums chart at number one, his seventh album to do so. Barnes was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on the 23rd October 2005 for his solo career efforts. Coupled with Cold Chisel’s previous induction, Barnes is the only artist to be entered into the Hall of Fame twice.

Barnes is also the father of singer David Campbell, who recently starred in the Australian production of the musical Sunset Boulevard, and was a contestant on the Australian television programme Dancing with the Stars. The two perform the duet “Wichita Lineman” on Double Happiness.

Edited by Grosseteste on 26 Sep 2013, 20:47

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