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Happy Birthday to a 64 Year Old Boy

Singer, songwriter, producer, musician, and half of The Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant, is 64 on the 10th of July.

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In the early 80's Neil worked for music magazine Smash Hits, interviewing artists and writing album and concert reviews.

He met future band mate Chris Lowe in an electronics store in 1981.

As they had a mutual interest in music, they began writing and recording together.

In 1983 they met with producer Bobby Orlando, who produced a number of their compositions.

West End Girls became a club hit but the duo decided to cut ties with Orlando and Neil left Smash Hits to concentrate on music full time.

In late 1985 they recorded West End Girls with a new producer.

It took almost three months after it first charted but the single reached Number One in the UK and USA, and another seven countries.

Further hits followed including Love Comes Quickly, Suburbia, and a re-recorded version of Opportunies (Let's Make Lots Of Money).

In the 80's they teamed with Dusty Springfield for the hit What Have I Done To Deserve This and did a great cover of Always On My Mind.

Hits in the 90's included a cover of the U2 song Where The Streets Have No Name and their version of the Village People track Go West.

In the 2000's they continued to chart with hit songs, mainly in the UK.

In 2012 they performed West End Girls at the closing cermony of the Olympic Games in London.

As producers they have remixed tracks for the likes David Bowie, Madonna, and Robbie Williams.