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Kim Wilde

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United Kingdom (1981 – present)

Kim Wilde is a musician (born Kim Smith on 18 November 1960 in Hertfordshire, UK) that’s the daughter of singer Marty Wilde. She released her debut single, “Kids in America”, in 1981 at the age of 21. The song was written by both her father and her brother, Ricky. Ironically, Kim had never been to America at the time. “Kids in America” was a huge success in the United Kingdom and around the world, being a U.K. #2 hit. Her debut album, ‘Kim Wilde’, (released on RAK records) came out in July 1981 and stayed in the U.K. album charts for 14 weeks, peaking at number 3 and getting much acclaim. Two more hits from her debut were released: “Chequered Love” and “Water on Glass”.

Picking up fame as a part of the popular ‘’ movement, her second album, ‘Select’, was released in May 1982. It contained the hits “Cambodia” and “View from a Bridge”. Her third album (and last album with RAK), was ‘Catch As Catch Can’, which came out in November 1983. Sadly, it wasn’t much of a success, though tracks “Love Blonde” and “Dancing in the Dark” from the album became minor hits.

When Kim signed with MCA records in 1984, many doubting critics believed that her run of hits were over. Simply put, they were wrong. Kim’s first album with MCA, ‘Teases & Dares’, came out in November 1984. Though not a huge commercial success as an album, it earned praising critical reviews and much fan support while also including three hit singles. Popular tune “Rage To Love” became Wilde’s first top 20 hit in two years.

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