The 80's lunch

Happy Birthday to Songwriting Gold


Musician, actor and songwriter with Spandau Ballet, Gary Kemp, is 60 on the 16th of October.

In '76 Gary formed a band called Roots with school mates Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and John Keeble.

The band changed their name to The Cut, then The Makers, Gentry and finally Spandau Ballet after Gary's brother Martin joined to complete the line up.

Their first single To Cut A Long Story Short went Top 5 in the UK and Top 20 in Australia.

Other hits from their first two albums included Communication, Chant No. 1, Lifeline and Instinction.

In '83 they had their first Number One single and album with True, which was also their first hit in America.

This started a run of international hits in the 80's like Gold, Only When You Leave, Through The Barricades and I'll Fly For You.

1989's Heart Like A Sky was their sixth album and fans had to wait 20 years for their next release.

The group stopped performing in early 1990 and Gary moved into acting.

He played Sy Spector in the movie The Bodyguard and the Kemp brothers played criminals brothers Ronald and Reggie in the film The Krays.

Following a messy court case over royalties, the reformation of Spandau Ballet in 2009 was a surprise.

The original line up played gigs around the world and recorded a new album called Once More.

In 2012 the band documentary Soul Boys of the Western World was released.

Lead singer Tony Hadley left Spandau Ballet in 2017 and Tony William Wild fronted the group in 2018 and 2019 leaving in May this year.

Photo credit: Andrew D Hurley