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In The Swing Of It

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Writing for Classic Pop since our first issue, John has been to Adam Ant’s house, sworn at by Bob Geldof, touched Johnny Marr’s favourite guitar, interviewed Richard Coles on his vicarage bed and serenaded with Last Christmas by Shirlie Kemp. kind of came about because I was just a friend of George and Andrew's and before the band even started we were just making up these little dance routines and messing around with music.

But earlier this year an opportunity came up to record a swing album with Martin, despite only ever having sung Islands In The Stream together at Christmas karaoke. I love every song and can't get overdosed as the energy as husband and wife really feeds their love in each song.It'd mean more if he plays us on the radio though," quips ex-EastEnders star Martin, referring to their son's job as a Capital FM host.

I just couldn’t understand the concept, but I was there because George wanted someone he could trust. It was around this time that Martin fell ill, with two brain tumours meaning he was unable to work for four years.On 20 January 2006, Kemp opened a new CT scanning suite at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands. The show provided detailed accounts of crimes and a step-by-step forensic analysis as to how the evil killers were eventually identified.

Yet, up until the summer of 2019, the only singing the couple did together was probably in the kitchen while cooking a Sunday roast. I never saw myself going back into this industry or putting myself out there, and even when Martin suggested that maybe I'd go and sing a song with him - because that's how it started, I was just going to sing one song - I was still a bit reluctant. Alongside classic tracks including ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’, ‘Ain’t That a Kick in the Head’ and ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, the album features two original tracks written by Martin and Shirley’s daughter, Harleymoon. Poking fun at her long time away from singing and joking that she was a little bit rusty, Martin says: "I did have to scrape her off a little bit and put a bit of WD-40 on her! who went on to form Pepsi and Shirlie with fellow bandmate Pepsi DeMacque – and in doing so made the puffball skirt an 80s fashion statement.

This album is wholly upbeat, even the potential ballads (A Nightingale Sang,The Way You Look Tonight) are swung. As well as Spandau Ballet, Martin has, of course, enjoyed one of the most varied careers in showbusiness.

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