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Tony Hadley

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For ten years, suave Tony Hadley was the tone of voice and image of Spandau Ballet, guiding the one-time New Romantic act to global achievement, crooning a string of smash hits like “To Cut an extended Story Brief, “True,” “Gold,” and “With the Barricades.” Given birth to on June 2, 1960 in Islington, Hadley experienced won a little performing competition in 1974 along with his rendition of Gary Puckett’s “Youthful Lady.” In July of 1979, he became a member of causes with guitarist Gary Kemp and sax participant Steve Norman, who have been piecing together a music group that was shortly christened Spandau Ballet. The group would turn into a regular for the U.K. graphs and, although their achievement in the us will be limited, they do manage to rating using the mammoth strike “Accurate,” which strike number 4 in past due 1983 after topping graphs world-wide. With the past due ’80s, the hitmaking work was finishing and group people were pursuing various other passions. In 1991, hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn revived “Accurate,” sampling the tune because of their smash “Place Adrift on Storage Bliss,” with Hadley producing an appearance within the video. By this time around, Hadley had agreed upon a cope with EMI and released his single debut, The Condition of Play, the next season. A trio of minimal singles through the album charted within the U.K. — “Shed in Your Like” will be the many successful (though it failed to split the very best 40). Five years afterwards, Hadley returned towards the graphs with Tin Tin Out’s strike “Dance beside me.” He also released his second single outing that season — a self-titled record comprised mainly of addresses, including variations of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer,” Bryan Ferry’s “Slave to Appreciate,” and Tom Petty’s “Totally free Fallin’.” Though it would neglect to restore his industrial clout, Hadley continuing to execute live at Western european festivals and discharge records.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tony Hadley
Height 1.93 m
Profession Actor, Singer-songwriter, Radio personality
Nationality British, English
Spouse Alison Evers, Leonie Lawson
Children Genevieve Hadley, Zara Hadley, Toni Hadley, Thomas Hadley, MacKenzie Hadley
Parents Josephine Hadley, Patrick Hadley
Siblings Lee Hadley, Steve Hadley
Music Groups Spandau Ballet, Band Aid
Music Songs True, Through The Barricades, Gold, To Cut a Long Story Short, I'll Fly for You, Only When You Leave, Chant No. 1, Instinction, Round and Round, Save a Prayer, Lifeline, Be Free With Your Love, Communication, How Many Lies?, Steal, Highly Strung, Musclebound, Once More, This Is the Love, Fight for Ourselves, Slave to Love, Maybe You and I, Lost in Your Love, She Loved Like Diamond, First of May, Man in Chains, Woman in Chains, Boys of Summer, Walking in Memphis, With the Pride, Crashed Into Love, Suspicious Minds
Albums The State of Play, True, Once More, Parade, Journeys to Glory, Diamond, Heart Like a Sky, The Christmas Album, The Singles Collection, Passing Strangers, When Saturday Comes EP, Tony Hadley, Russian Beauty, True Ballads, The Story - The Very Best Of
Movies Shoot the DJ
TV Shows Reborn in the USA, The Pop Years


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#Fact
1 Competing in the TV talent contest "Reborn in the USA" [March 2003]
2 DJ on the UK's Virgin Radio playing from 7pm to 10pm on a Friday night for the UK's Party Classics show. [November 2007]
3 He considers "Through the Barricades" to be Spandau Ballet's best song.
4 Has a daughter, Zara Katie Hadley (born December 21, 2006), with his wife, Alison Evers.
5 His favorite albums are "A Night at the Opera" by Queen, "Give 'Em Enough Rope" by The Clash, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" by David Bowie, "Abandoned Luncheonette" by Daryl Hall and John Oates and "Songs for Swingin' Lovers!" by Frank Sinatra.
6 Winner of "Reborn in the USA", beating Michelle Gayle in the final in London, UK. [April 2003]
7 He was a member of Band Aid (1984).
8 He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
9 Hadley's band, Spandau Ballet, had one UK number one single, 'True', which topped the chart for four weeks in 1983.
10 Has 3 children with his ex-wife, Leonie Lawson: Sons, Thomas Hadley (born 1989) and MacKenzie Hadley (born 1992), and daughter, Toni Hadley (born 1996).
11 Was the lead singer and synthesizer player of Spandau Ballet.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eddie the Eagle 2016 performer: "Moment"
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The 5 O'Clock Show 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
When Saturday Comes 1996 performer: "Build Me Up"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shoot the DJ 2010 Eddie Richards
Goldenpop: The New Romantics 2010 TV Movie Performing Music Artist
Spandau Ballet: The Reformation Tour 2009 - Live at the O2 2009 TV Movie Vocals
Gas 2006 Short Builder / Dentist
Down to Earth 2001 TV Series Tom Marshall

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2005 TV Series soundtrack - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Daily Brunch with Ocado 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Nation's Favourite Queen Song 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014 TV Series Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2014 TV Series Himself
SXSW Flashback 2014 2014 TV Movie Himself
La pista 2014 TV Mini-Series Himself - Team Leader (Tacco 10)
Soul Boys of the Western World 2014 Documentary Himself / Vocals
Piers Morgan's Life Stories 2014 TV Series Himself
Steamin' + Dreamin' 2: Cash Back 2011 Himself
80s Rewind Festival 2010 2011 TV Movie Himself
Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2010 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Christmas TV Moments 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Michael Ball Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The 5 O'Clock Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Sport Relief 2010 2010 TV Special Himself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2009 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2006-2009 TV Series Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Strictly Come Dancing 2009 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Celebrity Masterchef 2006-2009 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2009 TV Series Himself
RocKwiz 2008 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Cook 2008 TV Series Himself
The Wright Stuff 2003-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Gylne tider 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Podge and Rodge Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Now That's Embarrassing: The 80s 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
DiscoMania 2: Don't Stop the Music 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live Aid Remembered 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Celebrity Stitch Up 2005 TV Series Himself
Ireland AM 2005 TV Series Himself
Car Cruzin' 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Band Aid Story 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
GMTV 2003-2004 TV Series Himself
SingStar Party 2004 Video Game Himself (as Spandau Ballet)
Band Aid: The Song That Rocked the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
All-Time Greatest Love Songs 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2004 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Today with Des and Mel 2003-2004 TV Series Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1999-2004 TV Series Himself
Liquid News 2001-2004 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2003-2004 TV Series Himself
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brainiac: Science Abuse 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Loose Lips 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Greasemania 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
Celebrities Under Pressure 2003 TV Series Himself
Reborn in the USA 2003 TV Series Himself
The Pop Years 2002 TV Series documentary Himself / Regular Contributor
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Killer Queen! 2002 Himself - Friend of Freddie
When Shoulderpads Ruled the World 2002 TV Special Himself
This Is Your Life 1999-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Searching for Roger Taylor 2000 Documentary Himself
Young Guns Go for It 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Hunting Venus 1999 TV Movie Himself
Top Ten 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Pebble Mill at One 1994 TV Series Himself
The 1992 World Music Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Spandau Ballet: Live 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself (lead vocals)
¡1990! 1990 TV Movie Himself - Performer (as Spandau Ballet)
Juke Box Jury 1989 TV Series Himself - Panellist
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1989 TV Movie Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Three - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
The Second Annual Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1987 TV Movie Himself
Tocata 1986 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1980-1986 TV Series Himself / Himself - Spandau Ballet
Saturday Superstore 1986 TV Series Himself
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (as Spandau Ballet)
Wogan 1985 TV Series Himself
Pop Quiz 1984 TV Series Himself
Superstar 1984 TV Series Himself
Steppin' Out 1979 Short documentary
Jazzie B's 1980s: From Dole to Soul 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Children in Need 2016 TV Series Himself
BBCProms, Last NIght from Around the UK 2016 TV Series Himself
Sounds of the 80s 2016 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Loose Women 2003-2016 TV Series Himself
National Television Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Spandau Ballet
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 2015 TV Series Himself
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number One 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2015 TV Series Himself - Performer
Channel 4 News 2015 TV Series Himself - Spandau Ballet

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Granada Reports 2016 TV Series Himself
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
Whatever Happened to the Gender Benders? 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2 2001 TV Series Himself
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary as Spandau Ballet
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series Himself - Spandau Ballet

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#Quote
1 [on his relationship with the reformed Spandau Ballet] I feel it's a bit like Phil Collins and Genesis, where we'll come together and then do our thing for a while. Now, we'll write new album and then tour again in a couple of years.
2 Just because I'm a Tory supporter doesn't mean to say I agree with every single thing that they do.
3 [on the 1980s] It was a very defining decade. If you look, the politics, the economics, the music, I mean, you know, really identifiable bands, and also Live Aid (1985), so that was a kind of focal point as well. But also, bands got loads of TV exposure, we were doing TV all the time and we were around for ten years. And even when we had a dip in records, unlike today where they'd drop you, that's it, sorry, you're unsigned, they would stick with you so you did have some kind of longevity as a musician. And also, some of the songs were really naff but a lot of them were really good.
4 I'm a frustrated drummer. I'm always trying to get on top of the drum kit but I'm not very good.
5 [on Spandau Ballet songs] They're quite grand. They're quite luvvie, really, aren't they?
6 [on Spandau's hits] They've stood the test of time, which is good.
7 I was touring Australia with Spandau Ballet and heard that Queen were playing at a big open-air festival in New Zealand. I flew over and got invited to the sound check. It was very Spinal Tap - a crazy entourage and different colored Smarties all separated out in dishes. Freddie Mercury asked if I wanted a drink. We ended up polishing off a bottle of Stolichnaya at the bar. Then he said he had a bottle of port in his room. "Darling," he said as we finished the port, "you must come on stage tonight. Do you know Jailhouse Rock?" Neither of us could remember the words. At the concert I stood at the side of the stage watching Freddie, the consummate frontman. And Brian May, off on those guitar solos. They were my heroes from childhood. Then Freddie flounced across to me and hissed: "Hadley, you bastard, I'm pissed." Then we did Jailhouse Rock. We made up the words. It was brilliant. Ecstatic. One of those nights you never forget.
8 In the beginning, my grandad refused to sit on the same carriage as me on the train, and I quite liked that really. That was what it was all about. But even by 1983 it was all coming to an end. We wore nice clothes and people were hoping I would marry their daughters.
9 I don't really care what people think any more. I do whatever I want to do now and I have the freedom to do it. I have been shafted again and again and I have learned the hard way with a lot of heartache and a lot of financial cost, too.
10 For me, everything about being a singer was about rebellion. The idea was to shock the establishment - you didn't want your parents to like the same music as you. That would have been a nightmare!
11 I always loved Duran Duran. Especially after what's happened with Spandau Ballet since, I wish I had joined them in the first place.
12 To be a pop star you've got to want it so badly that there will be nights where you'll just sob in bed over the disappointment.

#Trademark
1 Powerful, smooth and soulful voice
2 Dramatic warble

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