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Tony Hadley

For a decade, suave Tony Hadley was the voice and image of Spandau Ballet, guiding the one-time New Romantic act to global success, crooning a string of smash hits like "To Cut A Long Story Short, "True," "Gold," and "Through The Barricades." Born on June 2, 1960 in Islington, Hadley had won a small singing competition in 1974 with his rendition of Gary Puckett's "Young Girl." In July of 1979, Hadley joined forces with guitarist Gary Kemp and Steve Dagger, who were putting together a band which soon was christened Spandau Ballet. The group would become a regular on the UK charts and, although their success in the States would be limited, they did manage to score with the mammoth hit "True," which hit #4 in late 1983 after topping charts world-wide. By the late ‘80s, the hit-making run was ending and group members were pursuing other interests. In 1991, hip-hop duo revived "True," sampling the song for their smash "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" with Hadley making an appearance in the video. By this time, Hadley had signed a solo deal with EMI and would release his solo debut, The State Of Play, the following year. The record would chart a trio of minor singles in the UK, of which "Lost In Your Love" would be the most successful (although failing to crack the Top 40). Five years later, Hadley would return to the charts Tin Tin Out's hit "Dance With Me." He would also release his second solo outing that year with a self-titled album comprised mostly of covers including versions of Duran Duran's "Save A Prayer," Bryan Ferry's "Slave To Love," and Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'." Although it would fail to regain him commercial clout, Hadley continued to perform live at European festivals with the occasional record being released. ~ Tom Demalon, Rovi
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kingtocalp51 1 4
I remember listening to this and other songs like this on the radio as a child and how much I loved them! Good memories never fade :)
I love this song. The 80's rocks.:):) Kiss me :)
johnbuvalic
Great song...
And the song by PM Dawn was titled "Set Adrift a Memory Bliss(of you)"
It fails to mention the name of the hip hop group who sampled "True" which was PM Dawn.
a_tellez00
It's 4 in the morning had to listened to this song ... Nite ... Gotta get up for work in 2 hours
a_tellez00
My soul is swaying
This love was so true and still is the sound of my soul...
This is the sound of my soul
Cool song
Fantastic song! I have many memories to this song, and even more as an adult looking back...the car commercial with the friends reminds me of my days in college...Th e Wedding Singer brings it all back...and I have danced with my kids ages 7 and 2 to this song in many a living room jam! :)
i777v12
I love this..
Lots of memories ...
naomiwilliam s 2 7
I think when I was in school best of times
garammasala1 9 6 8
Such a smooth, beautiful song. If I could give it a million "thumbs up," I would:)
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bfly4kc
OMG! I LOVE THIS SONG BRNGS BACK MEMORIES!!!!
Classic!!!
I love Tony Hadley what a babe and this song it is so romantic he has a wonderful angelic voice. What a romantic song it is so sweet to listen to.
They don't make good music like this no more
The wore killer suits designed by Sade in the video. If im not mistaken.
Awesome jam!!
Music is my down time!
I dance to this song with my mom!
Love this song
Wow such a beautiful song !!
One of my all time favorites!
Great song! love it!!!! :D
My god I love this song
GREAT SONG BRINGS BACK SOME GOOD MEMORIES . THEY DONT MAKE SONGS LIKE THIS ANYMORE. WITH FEELING AND THE WORDS MEANT SOMETHING NOT LIKE TODAYS MUSIC WHICH IS MEANINGLESS NOISE. WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS! ROME
They'll never make em like the 80's did !!!!
Had my first kiss to this song!
Does anyone remember when they were on Johnny Carson's Late Night Show? I recall Johnny asking them where they came up with the name of their group, Spandau Ballet. Tony didn't answer. Often, people who were exposed through Johnny Carson went on to big futures and those who didn't fair well w/ Johnny, saw a drop in popularity. Go figure. Anyway, anyone have a clue as to how they came to the name S.B?
Great song
it is very relaxing and give me alot of memories.
jolene.saile r
I feel so much and comfort and peace to this song. His voice is very gifted.
balancement1 9
I was in 7th grade when this came out. So nostalgic. 80s were epic and trend setting. True is a part if my childhood. Will always love the song. Reminds me of days when my father was still alive.
listen to the lyrics.the beat good.love it when saxophone played solo:)
gammasigmaph i
Spandau Ballet is one of my all-time favorite smooth rock groups.
majolynstar
I love this sing
With a pill on my tongue.... This is the sound of my soul. Maybe the first ecstasy inspired song!
robertshaw54
All of your comments are great! Thanks 80's
I agree jbtaurus
jbtaurus69
I love 1982-83!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
smooooooth! :)
Without the 80s dubstep would not exist
I loved the 80's too! But, this is a new year and open to be what we make it. Take what you learned from the 80's and use it today. Where is my flying car and cool sound system to play songs like this?
I agree with you. I can't stand this year
I agree with all of you!! 80's had great people....be a u t i f u l music...not happy with 2013...bring back the 80,s...
This song is on the soundtrack to my life...a true fan of the 80s! Those were the days when life was so simple and uncomplicate d . Ahhhh...yes, the good old days...Sherm a n Oaks Galleria, Santa Monica Pier, breakdancing , flourescent colors, lacy blouses, rubber bracelets, big hair, iridescent lipgloss, Molly Ringwald, Madonna, WHAM!...
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