Simply Red were a British soul-pop band formed in 1984 by singer Mick "Red" Hucknall (born Michael James Hucknall, June 8, 1960, Manchester, England). The band sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew influences from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic, rock, reggae and jazz. Since their early days the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who by the time the band broke up in 2010 was the only original member left.
'My dad was working full-time. His friends advised him to put me in a home but my dad – God bless him – wouldn’t do it. My dad was my world,' said Mick Hucknall (pictured aged eight with his father Reg)