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Biography

  • Born

    20 September 1960 (age 60)

  • Born In

    Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom

David Robert "Hammy" Hemingway (born September 20, 1960), was a lead vocalist for Hull-based group The Beautiful South until they disbanded in 2007. Previously, Dave had been a member of The Housemartins.

Dave was the son of lorry driver and local comedian on the club circuit, Harry Hemingway. Harry had quite a reputation as a Lothario, and left his wife to raise their two kids on her own. In Hull's Henry Cooper School, Dave was in the same class as The Housemartins' drummer Hugh Whitaker. The two took an interest in drumming, and one day when the class were asked who would like to learn drums, Dave and Hugh put their hands up first. Dave developed quite a habit of following Hugh into bands, first the Newpolitans with Dave Rotheray on bass, and then the Velvetones.

His lucky break came when he got a call from Rotheray telling him Hugh Whitaker had left The Housemartins. Rotheray recommended Hemingway to Housemartins guitarist Stan Cullimore who rang him just 10 minutes later.

Dave went for a meeting with the band which turned into more of a chat. The only person who didn't speak was Paul Heaton. Dave left thinking his chances were up, but soon he was asked to play a gig with them. Dave was working as a purchase ledger clerk at the time, he quit his job on March 6, 1987, he shut himself in a studio with a walkman of the Housemartins' songs, and was quite surprised by how fast they were. Dave panicked thinking they would kick him out, but Hugh came to give him some advice. He soon found himself in the studio recording the band's second album, The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death.

After the Housemartins disbanded, Paul and Dave soon put together the Beautiful South from its ashes, featuring roadie and bassist Sean Welch.

Going Solo
His first solo album "Hello Cruel World" has been released and is available as download only on i-tunes.

Dave's voice is both powerful and unique and is showcased in all its glory on his forthcoming solo album 'Hello Cruel World'. The album has been a labour of love and has taken a while to record due to "studio difficulties" with the recording in London. Suffice it to say that the albums title was birthed from Dave's experience recording in the capital.

'Hello Cruel World' features a wide array of styles, from stripped down acoustic and piano ballads to full band workouts and even some more contemporary electronic influences. It reflects the wide array of music Dave enjoys and highlights the talent of one of the finest and emotive male vocalists around.

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