- Paul Hardcastle
Paul Hardcastle (born
December 10 1957, London) is an English composerand musician, specializing in the synthesizer.
In the early 1980s, Hardcastle played keyboards on several singles on the Oval
record labelby the dance musicgroups Direct Drive and First Light, before going solo. He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably the popular instrumental, "Rainforest" (1984), but came to greater prominence in 1985.
The 1985 release of "19" brought Hardcastle acclaim and chart success. "19" was a dance record, featuring stuttering samples of
televisionnarrator Peter Thomas speaking about Vietnam warveterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD). Initially unhappy about having his voice used in this way, Thomas later relented and allowed the single to be released. A number one hit singlefor Chrysalis Recordsin the United Kingdomfor five weeks, the record topped the charts in both Franceand Germanyin two versions, the English languageoriginal and an authorised local language alternative. Altogether, it was number one in thirteen countries, selling just under three million copies worldwide.
prog rock musician Mike Oldfieldclaimed that a melodic element of "19" had been copied from a sequence of his multi-million selling concept album, " Tubular Bells", and a settlement was made. Simon Fuller, who was Hardcastle's manager at the time of "19"'s release later adopted the title for his company, 19 Management.
Hardcastle enjoyed several further hits in the UK, including "Don't Waste My Time" (with vocals by
Carol Kenyon) (UK #8) and "The Wizard", a UK #15 that became the theme tunefrom BBC Television's " Top of the Pops". He also had a hit with "Just For Money", which reached #19 in the UK. Earlier, he had cut a cover versionof D-Train's most influential hit "You're the One For Me", segued with his own compositions "Daybreak" and "A.M.". Paul Hardcastle also wrote the theme tune for Saturday Live, a popular entertainment show which ran from 1985-1987.
Hardcastle has also recorded several acclaimed synth jazz
albums, alternating releases under the artist names The Jazzmasters, and Paul Hardcastle. Working regularly with vocalist Helen Rogers, Hardcastle has recruited several top saxophonists including Gary Barnacle(on the first album), Snake Davis, Phil Todd and Tony Woods. All these albums have been played heavily on smooth jazz radioin the United States, where some of the most played tracks include "Northern Lights," "Lost in Space", "Desire", "Shine", and "Serene". In 1988, Hardcastle released the concept album, "No Winners", which focuses on the potential negative effects of the Cold Wararms race.
The table below presents Paul Hardcastle's selected albums releases.
*1984: "You're The One For Me - Daybreak - A.M." (UK #41)
*1984: "Guilty" (UK #55)
*1984: "Rainforest" (UK #41)
*1984: "Eat Your Heart Out" (UK #59)
*1985: "19" (U.S. #15 / UK #1)
*1985: "Rainforest (re-issue)" (U.S. #57 / UK #53)
*1985: "Just For Money" (UK #19)
*1986: "Don't Waste My Time" (UK #8)
*1986: "Foolin' Yourself" (UK #51)
*1986: "The Wizard" (UK #15)
*1988: "Walk In The Night" (UK #54)
*1988: "40 Years" (UK #53)
List of number-one dance hits (United States)
List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
List of 1980s one-hit wonders in the United States
List of performers on Top of the Pops
List of Euro disco artists
List of smooth jazz performers
List of synthpop artists
List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
* paulhardcastle19.com [http://www.paulhardcastle19.com Official Homepage 2008]
* www.paulhardcastle.co.uk [http://www.paulhardcastle.co.uk European website]
* [http://www.trippinrecords.com Trippin 'n' Rhythm Records]
* paul-hardcastle.de [http://www.paul-hardcastle.de Biggest & First German Fanpage to Paul Hardcastle]
* [http://www.paul-hardcastle-fanclub.de World Fan Club Page to Paul Hardcastle]
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