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Mick Hucknall

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Michael "Mick" Hucknall
Mick Hucknall (2008)
Born 8 June 1960
Occupation artist
Spouse Gabriella

Michael "Mick" Hucknall (born 1960) is an English singer and songwriter. Hucknall achieved international fame in the 1980s as the lead singer and songwriter of the soul-influenced pop band Simply Red[wp], with whom he enjoyed a 25-year career and eventually sold over 50 million albums. Hucknall is recognisable for his smooth, distinctive voice and wide vocal range, as well as his red curly hair. He has been described by critic Trevor J. Leeden as "one of the truly great blue-eyed soul[wp] singers". [1]

Personal life

Hucknall was born in Denton[wp] as an only child. His mother left him when he was three; the upheaval caused by this event inspired him to write "Holding Back the Years[wp]", which would become one of Simply Red's biggest and most well-known hits. He was raised by his father, Reginald (1935-2009)[2], a barber in Stockport. It would not be until the mid-1990s that he would finally reconnect with his mother, Maureen, who was by then living in Dallas.[3] As of a 2008 interview, he had only seen her on two occasions since she first abandoned the family.[4]

Quote: «I grew up in Denton, east Manchester, and was raised by my late father, Reg, a barber. I don't have any memories of my mother because she left when I was three. I had a happy childhood until I was 10. Then I clashed a lot with my dad because there was no woman to act as referee.»[5]

As he acknowledges,

Quote: «If you are abandoned by your mother as a child, you are inevitably going to be looking for approval and adoration further down the line.»[6]

But after a false accusation of rape in 2000, the party boy decided to change his lifestyle.[6]

Quote: «I admit I was a typical rock star, but that's why everybody wants to be a rock star. They want success with women, they want to be rich, and I have been very very fortunate in that I have done it all.»[7]

Although he readily admits that fatherhood has softened him, Mick is clear that he has no interest in reestablishing contact with his mother:

Quote: «It is a psychologically traumatic experience to be abandoned by your mother. It is the worst thing that can happen to anyone. It is more common that the father is gone, in most cases it is the mother who brings up the child, in my case it was the opposite.
It was virtually unheard of in 1963 - so I feel like a bit of a social experiment and I am relieved I have come out the end a relatively sane human being. But I don't know her. She abandoned me when I was three. What’s there to know?
That void can not be filled, that time is gone. At the time I needed her she wasn’t there, She can't suddenly go "I'm here". I'd be like "Oh really, well I'm not". I don't harbour any hatred, but I don't harbour any love, It is just a void, But the void has been filled with the love of my wife, my daughter and my father.»[7]
Quote: «As the lead singer of the band Simply Red, Mick Hucknell was at the height of his fame in the mid 1980s. Known for his trademark curly red hair he has openly spoken about being abandoned by his mother as a toddler. He married wife, Gabriella, in 2010 with whom he has one child, a daughter called Romy.»


  1. Trevor J. Leeden: Mick Hucknall - American Soul, Rhythms Music Magazine
  2. Reginald Hucknall 1935–2009 R.I.P., Mick Hucknall - Simply Red - Official Site, retrieved 22 November 2009
  3. Barbara Ellen: The mother of all bachelors, The Observer on 23 March 2003
  4. Simply Red star Mick Hucknall exclusive: Day one, 3am & Mirror Online on 18 February 2008 (As pop's most unlikely womaniser, who pursued the world's greatest beauties, it seemed he would never settle down to married life.)
  5. Angela Wintle: Mick Hucknall on his daily routine, going solo and etching, The Telegraph on 23 February 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Maureen Paton: In a taxi with... Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, Daily Mail Online on 21 February 2009 (The elder statesman of British soul on the band's. 25 years at the top, fatherhood and leaving the party lifestyle behind.)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Simply dad: How having a wife and daughter changed Mick Hucknall's life, Mirror Online on 28 October 2012 ("They have filled the void my mum left": The star was raised by his father from the age of three when his mother left.)

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