Paul Hardcastle

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Paul Hardcastle
Birth namePaul Hardcastle
Born(1957-12-10) 10 December 1957 (age 56)
Kensington, London, England
GenresSynthpop, freestyle, electronica, ambient, electro house, breakstep
OccupationsMusician, producer, songwriter, radio presenter (in US)
InstrumentsSynthesizer, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, programming
Years active1982–present
LabelsChrysalis, Motown, Hardcastle, Trippin' 'n' Rhythm, V2, Profile
Websitewww.paulhardcastle.com
 
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Paul Hardcastle
Birth namePaul Hardcastle
Born(1957-12-10) 10 December 1957 (age 56)
Kensington, London, England
GenresSynthpop, freestyle, electronica, ambient, electro house, breakstep
OccupationsMusician, producer, songwriter, radio presenter (in US)
InstrumentsSynthesizer, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, programming
Years active1982–present
LabelsChrysalis, Motown, Hardcastle, Trippin' 'n' Rhythm, V2, Profile
Websitewww.paulhardcastle.com

Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England[1]) is an English composer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. Although he specializes in the synthesizer, he can also play multiple instruments.

Career[edit]

In the early 1980s, Hardcastle played the keyboards on several singles on the Oval record label by the dance music groups Direct Drive and First Light, before going solo.

He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, "Rain Forest", which along with the track, "Sound Chaser" hit number two on the dance chart.[2] "Rain Forest" also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100.[3] In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit "19", a song about America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. Simon Fuller the most successful manager of all time and creator of American idol named his company 19 Management after Pauls Mega worldwide hit. Hardcastle and Fuller continued to work on projects long after 19

Hardcastle enjoyed several further hits in the UK, including "Don't Waste My Time" (with vocals by Carol Kenyon) (UK No. 8) and "The Wizard", a UK No. 15 hit that became the theme tune for BBC Television's music chart show Top of the Pops from April 1986 until September 1991. He also had a hit with "Just For Money", which reached No. 19 in the UK and featured Bob Hoskins and Laurence Olivier. Earlier, he had cut a cover version of D-Train's most influential hit "You're the One For Me", segued with his own compositions "Daybreak" and "A.M." Hardcastle also wrote the theme tune for Saturday Live, a popular entertainment show which ran from 1985-1987.

He also made the hit single "The Voyager", which was used for the BBC One programme Holiday. Paul now acknowledges he was behind the "N-N-Nineteen Not Out" track with Rory Bremner.

After 1986, Hardcastle started to specialise in television soundtracks and remixed work, for artists as such as Five Star, Barry White, Third World, Sinitta, Johnny Logan, Hiroshima and Ian Dury.

In 1988, Hardcastle released the concept album, No Winners, which focuses on the potential negative effects of the Cold War arms race. In 2000, he released Hardcastle III, which included a remake of "Rainforest" and a hit single, "Desire."

Hardcastle has also recorded several synth jazz albums, alternating releases under the artist names Kiss The Sky (with Jaki Graham), The Jazzmasters, and Paul Hardcastle.[1] Working regularly with vocalists such as Helen Rogers, Becki Biggins, and Margo LeDuc, Hardcastle has recruited several saxophonists including Gary Barnacle (on the first album), Snake Davis, Phil Todd, Tony Woods, and Rock Hendricks. All these albums have been played on smooth jazz radio in the United States, where some of the most played tracks include "Northern Lights", "Lost in Space", "Desire", "Shine", and "Serene". He won the Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist Of The Year award in 2008.

2010's The Jazzmasters VI track "Touch and Go", featuring his son Paul Jr. on saxophone, reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Jazz songs chart, becoming his tenth number one on the Smooth Jazz chart in total.

His album, Hardcastle VI, released in September 2011, features yet another remake of "Rainforest"—this time mixed with R&B legend Marvin Gaye's signature song, "What's Going On." In Feb 2014 Paul was appointed Chairman of NUA entertainment http://www.nuaentertainment.com which was founded by one of the Uks top businessman Neil Utley and his wife Nicky,

Personal life[edit]

Hardcastle is married to Dolores Baker, and they have three children:[4] Maxine (born April 1986[5][6]), Paul Jr. (born August 1990[7]), and Ritchie (born May 1997).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbum
1984Daybreak (First Light)
1985Zero One
1985Rainforest
1985Paul Hardcastle
1988No Winners
1990Sound Syndicate
1993The Definitive
1997First Light
1999Cover To Cover: A Musical Autobiography
2003The Very Best of Paul Hardcastle 1983-2003
2009Zero One
2012Perceptions Of Pacha VIII
201219 Below Zero
2013Electrofied 80s: Essential Paul Hardcastle

(Music Club Deluxe release. A division of Demon Music Group)

Smooth jazz albums[edit]

Hardcastle series

YearAlbum
1994Hardcastle
1996Hardcastle 2
1997Cover To Cover
2002Hardcastle III
2005Hardcastle 4
2008Hardcastle 5
2009Paul Hardcastle: The Collection
2011Hardcastle VI
2011Desire
2013Hardcastle VII

The Jazzmasters series

YearAlbum
1993The Jazzmasters
1995The Jazzmasters II
1999The Jazzmasters III
2000Jazzmasters: The Greatest Hits
2004The Jazzmasters 4
2004The Smooth Cuts
2006The Jazzmasters V
2010The Jazzmasters VI[8]
2014The Jazzmasters VII

Kiss The Sky series

YearAlbum
1992Kiss The Sky
1994Millennium sky way

The Chill Lounge series

YearAlbum
2012The Chill Lounge, vol.1
2013The Chill Lounge, vol.2

Singles[edit]

Complete Chart from 1981 to 2013 can be seen here.... http://www.paulhardcastle.com/charts.html [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 117. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 244. 
  4. ^ Paul Hardcastle @ Discogs Accessed 8-23-2009.
  5. ^ Maxine Hardcastle @ Discogs Accessed 8-23-2009.
  6. ^ "I'll never work in TV again, howls Playboy model at judge as she's convicted of battering pop star's daughter in nightclub toilet". Daily Mail (London). 24 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Paul Hardcastle, Jr. @ Discogs Accessed 8-23-2009.
  8. ^ The holidays are coming and so is Jazzmasters 6 – Paul Hardcastle
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 243. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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