Mick Hucknall is as fiery as his red hair. In his youth he collected rare soul records and was a fan of jazz and reggae. His raspy voice goes perfectly with his repertoire. With covers of relatively unknown songs such as ‘Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)’ and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, as well as his own ‘Holding Back The Years’, he proved right from the start that he was here to stay. The biggest hit of his career was ‘Stars’ (1991); the best-selling album in the UK for two years in a row. One in five UK families owns something by Simply Red. In the rest of the world, Hucknall has sold 50 million records, and everyone can hum along with at least ten of his songs. In the words of one of his fellow singers: he’s simply the best.