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Paul Heaton


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Paul David Heaton (born May 9, 1962) is an English born singer and songwriter. He was a member of The Beautiful South, and a former member of indie band The Housemartins, who disbanded in 1988.

Paul Heaton formed The martins in the early 1980s. The Housemartins released a number of singles and two studio albums, London 0 Hull 4 and The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death. Their most famous hit was an a-capella version of the Isley Brothers’ Caravan of Love, which was a Christmas number one in the UK.

In 1988, Paul Heaton formed The Beautiful South from the ashes of The Housemartins. The Beautiful South released two top ten singles, Song for Whoever and You Keep It All In, which featured Irish singer Briana Corrigan on vocals. In 1989, the band released an album “Welcome to the Beautiful South” by which time Corrigan had joined the band as a full time member. The band’s biggest success to date is the release of the single “A Little Time” in 1991. It reached number 1 on the charts. In 1993 the band released their third album, “0898 Beautiful South”.

In 1994, Briana Corrigan left the band and a new female vocalist, Jacqui Abbott, was brought in. During the recording of the band’s fourth album “Miaow”, Heaton was increasingly irritated with the band and at one time told them to get their act together or he would leave. “Miaow” is some of Heaton’s most depressing songwriting (only their fifth studio album, “Blue Is The Colour”, is considered sadder). Heaton was going through a break-up with his girlfriend and other problems at the time.


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  • electricchurch

    new album "what have we become" out now but scrobling from spotify tag it under Jacqui Abbott.strange.

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • electricchurch

    the new single D.I.Y. is a good song..welcome back Paul

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • KiMdOm

    I miss him!

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Bowen72

    Haha used to run along Paul on the treadmills at our local gym in Withington! Top bloke, very down to earth

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Calamity_Jones

    Bought Fat Chance yesterday... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! It's absolutely brilliant!

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • electricchurch

    pls come to Greece

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • RustlingRagazza

    One of the best songwriters ever, kudos!

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • fapizzano

    Great song-writer.

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Vino-G

    No one can write songs quite like this man.

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Dawn17

    Hooray! someone has finally changed the photo.

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SLO1318

    Love it, dont know why the album didnt do better....

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jclamond

    Incredible songwriter, so underrated!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Antoneat

    He was brilliant at the Carling Academy Sheffield back in October 08, such a full on performer!

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • hy07asw

    Was extremely impressed when I saw him in Sheffield. Shame about the picture though, can we vote it off or something?

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Calamity_Jones

    'Tis a pretty naff photo.

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • PianoInBush

    can you all try and remove that awful picture? it looks baaaaad on this page

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Calamity_Jones

    The pub is an awesome track.

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • illamentodizuck

    Housemartins albums are fucking brilliant!

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Calamity_Jones

    I've got the majority of the Beautiful South albums and one of the Housemartins, but Cross Eyed Rambler is the first of Heaton's solo stuff I've bought, and it's fucking brilliant. Are any of his other albums good? (stupid question, as I know the answer is yes, but which is best? :P)

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • trentesimo

    Anyone listening to Paul Heaton *and* Jobriath is a celestial being :D

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
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