Holding Back the Years – Simply Red

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………………on July 12th of 1988 Simply Red reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart with “Holding Back the Years”. Simply Red is singer Mick Hucknall (“Red” was his nickname because of his red hair). He originally recorded this in 1979 with his band The Frantic Elevators. Hucknall wrote this in his bedroom at his father’s house. He was still a teenager. The chorus did not come to him until many years later. His mother left the family when he was three; the upheaval caused by this event inspired him to write the song. The music was co-written with Neil Moss, a member of Hucknall’s first group, the Frantic Elevators. Simply Red went on to record 10 UK Top 10 hits, including “Fairground” a 1995 #1. In the US, their cover of Harold Melvyn’s “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” became their second American chart topper and the best selling British single in the US in 1989.”Holding Back the Years” is the 7th track on Simply Red’s debut studio album Picture Book (1985). It remains their most successful single. The song reached #2 in the UK.