|Birth name Kevin Rowland|
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Mercury, Creation
Years active 1974-present
Name Kevin Rowland
|Born 17 August 1953 (age 62)
Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, England (1953-08-17) |
Associated acts Lucy and The Lovers, The Killjoys, Dexys Midnight Runners, Dexys
Music groups Dexys Midnight Runners (Since 2003), The Killjoys
Albums Too-Rye-Ay, My Beauty, The Wanderer
TV shows 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s, 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s
Genres Punk rock, New Wave, Soul music, Pop music
Similar People Kevin Archer, Helen O'Hara, Seb Shelton, Mick Talbot, Pete Saunders
Kevin rowland suggs singing daft punk
Kevin Antony Rowland (born 17 August 1953) is an English singer-songwriter and frontman for the pop band Dexys Midnight Runners (currently called Dexys), which had several hits in the early 1980s, the most notable being "Geno" and "Come On Eileen".
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- Early life
Kevin rowland of dexys midnight runners thunder road
Rowland was born in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, England on 17 August 1953 to Irish parents from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Republic of Ireland and he lived for three years in Ireland between the ages of one and four before returning to Wolverhampton. The family moved to Harrow, London when he was 11 years old and he left school at the age of 15.
His first group, Lucy & The Lovers, were influenced by Roxy Music and turned out to be short-lived. His next project, punk rock act The Killjoys, were slightly more successful, releasing the single "Johnny Won't Get To Heaven" in 1977. Alienated by the punk scene, Rowland, together with Killjoys guitarist, Kevin Archer, decided to form a new soul-influenced group, Dexys Midnight Runners. Many of the group's songs were inspired by Rowland's Irish ancestry and were recognisable through Rowland's idiosyncratic vocal style. On forming the band Rowland thought it was "important to have a vocal style", he later recalled, "and I had the idea of putting that 'crying' voice on", partly inspired by General Johnson of Chairmen of the Board.
When Dexys disbanded in 1987, Rowland recorded a solo album, The Wanderer, which, together with its three singles, was a commercial failure. His next release was not until 1999 when he recorded a collection of interpretations of classic songs called My Beauty, the album cover of which depicted a heavily made-up Rowland in a dress and women's lingerie.
In 2003, Rowland reformed Dexys Midnight Runners—featuring only one other original member, bassist Pete Williams who fulfilled the role as Rowland's co-vocalist—and embarked on a successful comeback tour backed up with a greatest hits compilation album including two newly recorded songs, "Manhood" and "My Life in England". Both of these new songs were radio tested by the record label, but neither received enough airplay to be considered for release.
In 2012 Rowland re-launched Dexys Midnight Runners as "Dexys" with a new album One Day I'm Going to Soar accompanied by a UK tour.
According to Paul Moody in Uncut in 2007, "Rowland – as singer and songwriter with Dexys Midnight Runners – gave us some of the great pop moments. From the bolshy vision of Searching for the Young Soul Rebels through the celtic-gumbo of Too-Rye-Ay and '85's neglected masterpiece, Don't Stand Me Down, his is a towering contribution to British music, both visually and musically."
I Am a Wanderer
The Greatest Love of All
I Can't Tell the Bottom From the Top
Come On Eileen
Concrete and Clay
The Long and Winding Road
Because of You
Labelled With Love
This Guy's in Love With You
Reflections of My Life
You'll Be the One for Me
Heartaches by the Number
Age Can't Wither You
It's Getting Better
When You Walk Alone
You'll Never Walk Alone