Paul Hardcastlewas born on December 10, 1957, in London, England. He is an English songwriter and musician and he specializes in the synthesizer. Paul began in the early 1980's by playing the keyboard on a couple of singles with the Oval Record label with the dance music groups, Direct Drive and First Light. After that he decided to try it solo and pursue a solo career. His early singles released were, Rainforest, which was released in 1984, and in 1985, he released the single, 19. The singles, especially, 19, brought him chart success and a lot of attention. Rainforest was an instrumental and 19 was a dance record. It was also number one in the U. K. For five weeks and it also charted in France and Germany in 2 different versions. It was released in the English Language and also in an authorized local language alternative. The song was number one in 13 countries and sold just under 3 million copies. Worldwide.
Mike Oldfield, a U. K. Rock musician made the claim that an element of the song, 19, had been copied from his album, Tubular Bells, of which he sold multi million copies. There was a settlement on the claim. Hardcastleís manager at the time, Simon Fuller, later adopted the songís title to name his company, and called it 19 Management.
Paul had several other hits in the U. K. Which included, Donít Waste My Time, (with Carol Kenyon on vocals), and The Wizard, which was the theme song for BBC Televisionís show, Youíre the One For Me (which was a cover version of D-Trainís most popular hit). Other compositions of his were, Daybreak, and A. M.. Paul began to focus on TV soundtracks after 1986, and also remix work for Johnny Logan, Sinitta, Third World, Barry White, Five Star, Hiroshima, and Ian Dury Paul also released a few jazz albums using the names, The Jazzmasters, and Paul Hardcastle. He worked on a regular basis with vocalist, Helen Rogers. He also recruited the assistance of Gary Barnacle, Snake Davis, Phil Todd, and Tony Woods to play saxophones on his releases. His albums have been played a lot on jazz radio stations in the United States. He released the album, No Winners, which focused on the potential negative effects of the Cold War.
Paul made his mark, in the 1980's, in the music industry and has many fans who still listen to his music. Some of his charted hits were, Youíre the One For Me, (1984), Guilty (1984), Rainforest (1984), Eat Your Heart Out (1984), 19 (1985), Rainforest (re-issue, 1985), Just For Money (1985), Donít Waste My Time (1986), Fooliní Yourself (1986), The Wizard (1986), Walk In the Night (1988), and 40 Years (1988).
Arists by Song Title
80s Music Artists
'80s Music Quiz
'80s Arcade Games