The Undertones’ former lead singer is 60 this week.
He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and was famously the lead singer of the Undertones between their formation in 1975 and their split in 1983. Following their split and before he embarked on a solo career, he was invited by Vince Clarke (post Yazoo and pre-Erasure) to be a guest vocalist on a project which Clarke called The Assembly. The original idea was to release a number of single with different guest lead vocalist, but after their only hit, Never Never, Sharkey pursued a solo career which culminated with A Good Heart reaching number one in 1985.
In 1992, he moved into the business side of the music industry, initially as an A&R man and then in 2008 became the CEO of British Music Rights and the head of UK Music. Such was his success that when the Undertones reunited in 1999 he turned down the offer of lead singer again.
Let’s enjoy and remember this number 11 hit from 1980.