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Nik Kershaw


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Bristol, United Kingdom (1976 – present)

Nik Kershaw (born Nicholas David Kershaw, 1 March 1958, in Bristol) is an English singer-songwriter. A former jazz-funk guitarist, he was a 1980s teen idol; his 62 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1984-5 beat all other solo artists at the time. He appeared at Live Aid in 1985, and has penned a number of hits for other artists, including a UK number one single in 1991 for Chesney Hawkes, “The One and Only”.

Kershaw played guitar and sang in a number of underground bands from about 1976 before deciding on a career as a songwriter. However, he ended up performing his own songs rather than giving them to others, and signed a deal with MCA Records in 1983, which spawned a debut single, “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, which just missed out on the UK Top 40. At the beginning of 1984, he made his breakthrough when “Wouldn’t It Be Good”, featuring a video of Kershaw as a chromakey-suited alien, reached Number 4 in the UK charts. He enjoyed three more Top 20 hits from debut album Human Racing , including the title track and a successful re-issue of his debut single, which ultimately proved his biggest hit as a performer when it got to Number 2 in the UK.

Despite winning awards, attracting admirers for his writing such as Elton John & Eric Clapton. He gainied a huge teenage fanbase, Kershaw was not without his critics. Some complained that he did too much onstage when he had a competent backing band called the Krew to play all the required guitar and keyboard parts of his songs.


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  • menswear2112

    An 80's heartthrob...ask my cousinettes.

    31 May 12:34am Reply
  • stefanie2001

    I love his music, even if I'm really young for 80's music.

    6 Apr 8:35pm Reply
  • DjsMix74

    Pure 80's!!! :-)

    2 Apr 3:45am Reply
  • Ev1995

    The Riddle" don't need remakes and remixes [6]

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • NotCoreBased

    It's quite a pity that most people know only The Riddle. Of course The Riddle is an awesome song, but it doesn't display all uncommonness of Nik Kershaw.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • swift933

    nostalgic. Blockbustered in Japan

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    KurtonLFM ... Wow!

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Kershlaus91

    @KurtonLFM : Thanks for citing this artist's cover I got to discover a great cover indeed !

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • KurtonLFM

    Y'all oughta hear Cécile Corbel's version before makin a call like that

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lonely-Traveler

    The Riddle" don't need remakes and remixes [5] P.S. Раздражают.

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Atlantide

    The Riddle" don't need remakes and remixes [4]

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MXB2001

    Yep, "re" anything is lame. The originals are perfect, they should go and do something new, not muck about with what ain't broken.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dynamo_

    "The Riddle" don't need remakes and remixes [3]

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • swistak07

    "The Riddle" don't need remakes and remixes [2]

    27 Mar 2013 Reply

    "The Riddle" don't need remakes and remixes

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    don quixoteeee

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • UnkleGorth

    Kershaw's Ei8ht is really a fantastic album! Thanks for this one!

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Irbidan

    Wide Boy!

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • paulybravo

    Nik Kershaw reminisces about what it was like to play at Live Aid as well as revealing how it felt to be a part of the pop whirlwind that was the 1980s.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • kult

    I've just learn the release of his last album and lurk around to ear some pieces waiting for the album to reach my mailbox. Once again an pure jewel. Can't wait to ear the complete album, but "the sky's the limit" and "I fell" are definitely AWESOME.

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
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