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Murray Head

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London, United Kingdom (1946 – present)

Murray Seafield Saint George Head (b. 1946) is an English actor and singer.

Head was born on the 5th March 1946 in London, his parents being Seafield Head, a documentary-maker, and Helen Shingler, an actress. His younger brother is Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Little Britain star Anthony Stewart Head.

Head began acting and writing songs as a child, and by the mid-1960s had a London recording contract. He had limited success until selected by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Judas Iscariot on the original album version of Jesus Christ Superstar. At around the same time he won a leading role in the Oscar-winning Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), alongside Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson. Despite these successes, he received little public attention in the next ten years (save for 1975’s Say It Ain’t So Joe), reappearing in the spotlight in 1984 as the star of the musical, Chess. The song “One Night in Bangkok”, from Chess, featuring Head on lead vocal, became a radio hit.

After his 1984 hit “One Night In Bangkok”, Head has had little attention internationally. Fluent in French, he has released some albums in that language, notably the song “Une femme un homme”, a duet with Marie Carmen released in 1993 which became a radio hit in French-speaking Canada.

Some of his most recent work was in Luc Plamondon’s musical comedy Cindy, in which he played Cindy’s father.

Head is currently playing a character on ITV’s Heartbeat.

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  • TessaWW

    Thanks Db-luoo :)

    17 Jul 3:01pm Reply
  • Db-Luoo

    TessaWW said is right

    21 Apr 1:53am Reply
  • BoobyNoobie

    One Night in Bangkok is great :D

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sy2nd

    Fantastic artist. Saw him in concert in 1983 and he was rocking. He did the human cannon ball trick and it was classic. Say it ain't so was the best of course but the whole concert just rocked. He even went walking through the crowd and all went wild. Love all his songs.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • zjatteke

    I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • backtothelight

    Came back to post on this lastFM profile after the many discouraging comments on Youtube's video of this re: that OTHER version of One Night In Bangkok being "superior". The singer of which will remain nameless. Happily there's nothing of that ilk here. Here's to you Murray Head!

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Starlita

    'A gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur' OST is brilliant! =)

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • Kejlo4ka

    I Love him. He's great singer.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    One Night In Bangkok Class song!

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • oisinmac

    Searched for his track "She Was Perfection"...i came up with "She Was Perfection" by Murray Head, 2:47, and "Murray Head" by She Was Perfection, 2:47. Think the recordkeeping got it a little garbled. Can understand how it might have happened tho...I have Winamp as my media player, and when I scan this song with their AutoTag function, it also wants to change my metadata to show it as :Murray Head", by She Was Perfection.

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    I get my kicks above the waistline... sunshine. :<0

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • GokKum

    no post in 2010. how popular ^^

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • TessaWW

    Murray Head is NOT a one-hit-wonder. All his other music is just too much underrated. I have every album he ever recorded and I think it's a right shame that he is only remembered for that shitty Bangkok song!

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Rainha_Lupa

    First music I ever heard when I was 6 (my father listened to his first record Say It Ain't So)

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • Vanilla-villa

    LEARN TO SPELL BANGKOK kthxbai

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • coanta

    i love ”one night in BANGKOK!”

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • NecroDancer86

    Say it ain't so Joe!!

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • draco2111

    lol :) One night in Bangkok is a great song!

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Bluke4x4

    Aw, i thought his name was a reference to Monkey Island

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • luisadeza

    I love the Say It Ain't So album!

    17 Nov 2007 Reply
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