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Roachford is/was a band based around singer/songwriter Andrew Roachford.

Andrew Roachford was born and raised in South London on 22nd January 1965 to West Indian parents

He has achieved four gold status albums and was Columbia Records’ longest serving recording artist, achieving a total of eleven top 50 hits. His most well known song is 1988’s ‘Cuddly Toy’, which on a re-release a year later reached No.4 in the uk chart. 5 years later in 1994 he gained huge sales and critical acclaim with the album ‘Permanent Shade Of Blue’, combining pop, soul, blues and rock with socially and politically aware lyrics.

Andrew Roachford is currently a member of the reformed Mike & The Mechanics, who are slated to release a new album and tour the UK in 2011.

His chart success in the UK is as follows;

“Cuddly Toy” (1988) UK #61
“Find Me Another Love” (1988) UK #100
“Cuddly Toy” (1989) UK #4 (re-release)
“Family Man” (1989) UK #25
“Kathleen” (1989) UK #43
“Get Ready!” (1991) UK #22
“Only To Be With You” (1994) UK #21
“Lay Your Love On Me” (1994) UK #36
“This Generation” (1994) UK #38
“Cry For Me” (1994) UK #23
“I Know You Don’t Love Me” (1995) UK #40
“The Way I Feel” (1997) UK #20
“How Could I? (Insecurity)” (1998) UK #34
“Naked Without You” (1998) UK #53

Roachford Albums

* Roachford (1988)
* Get Ready! (1991)
* Permanent Shade of Blue (1994)
* Feel (1997)
* The Roachford Files (2000)

Solo Albums

* Heart of the Matter (2003)
* Word of Mouth (2006)


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  • Muldwych

    Just heard a Roachford song for the first time ('Cuddly Toy') in Alan Partridge (the movie) and thought it was great. Will have to have a listen to his other work sometime.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • shibuyadepunch

    v Same here. My dad's a huge fan of Roachford, so I've been listening to his songs since I was very young. Pretty fortunate there.

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • stevo_0

    This guy is pretty amazing, I'm surprised he doesn't have more listeners

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tim_ledger

    Hey guys, Just popping by to let you know about an interview we did with Roachford at the Isle of Wight Festival where talk turned to travelling to the festival, Mike and the Mechanics, and having a food fight with Europe... - Enjoy! All the best, Tim from Absolute Radio

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Geisterreiter

    He did an impressive job singing for (and touring with) Mike and the Mechanics, so i got curious about his own stuff. Seen him yesterday for the first time at a solo gig and loved it !

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • New_guitar

    Permanent shade of blue!! Perfect rockin' and groovin' record!!!

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • joorge_

    I didn't know him until Beverley Knight recorded Cuddly Toy. This song is amazing!

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Laisvis

    anyone listened "River of love"? suuuper..

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Dreamsim

    ”Cuddly Toy” = THE #1 tune when on the move and in a hurry, still — and when I need that extra smile on my face. Played much AR in clubs in the −80`s and have heard EVERYTHING he ever did broadcast! Not much lately — is he still alive??

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LouiseFlory

    Underrated [3]

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • levensblood

    Not my type of music generally - but "Permanent Shade of Blue" is one of all my all time fave albums !! Great crossover appeal.

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • mlover10

    Oh no! Your show with John McKeown at Madame JoJo's is sold out! That's going to be such a great one.

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • CelestialScream

    I've loved Roachford since I was a kid, fav song has to be 'get ready', I never get tired of hearing it!

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TidyMind

    Totally underrated. Forget Cuddly Toy and Familiy man. This is an artist that has grown so much since the 80's. Check out 'A Permanent Shade of Blue' and 'Feel'. You won't be disappointed.

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • gavvyb

    celebrate 90's UK soul with my Spotify playlist, found at

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • benedictpoole

    Roachford jumped up on stage at a Larry Graham gig years ago (Jazz Café London) and sang “Family Affair”: fantastic so it was!

    28 Dec 2008 Reply
  • triphead

    such a wonderful song, brings so much about who you love. so glad ive seen him live great man, big love to him. xxxxx

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • bassman30

    The Way I Feel is a great song :)

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • jimmyjammer

    i thought it was dikembe mutombo when i first saw the thumbnail to the pic

    9 Jul 2008 Reply
  • deadbeatsdave

    Re-written by a true fan. Permenant shade of blue is a stone cold classic.

    1 Jul 2008 Reply
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