Paul Heaton

Born 9 May 1962.
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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Live in Session

The duo perform live in the Weekend Wogan studio

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Paul David Heaton (born 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter.

Heaton was a member of The Housemartins, who had success with the singles "Happy Hour" and the number-one "Caravan of Love" in 1986 before disbanding in 1988. He then became a member of The Beautiful South, whose debut single and album was released in 1989 to commercial success and continued with a series of hits throughout the 1990s, including the number-one single "A Little Time". They disbanded in 2007. He subsequently pursued a solo career, which produced three albums, and in 2014 he released What Have We Become?, a well-received collaboration with former Beautiful South vocalist Jacqui Abbott.

British newspaper The Guardian has described Heaton as "one of our finest songwriters: his music reveals an exuberant ear for melody, his lyrics a keen eye and a brilliant wit". AllMusic said: "The warm, mellifluous voice of Paul Heaton often masks the jagged satirical content of his lyrics."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Presents the 8th

    Presents the 8th 2012

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    An experiment that should revitalise Heaton’s always eccentric muse.
  2. Review of Acid Country

    Acid Country 2010

    Reviewed by Rob Crossan
    The former Beautiful South leader releases his second solo LP.
  3. Review of Cross Eyed Rambler

    Cross Eyed Rambler 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Intelligent, humorous and adult but ultimately quintessentially English.
  4. Review of Soup

    Soup 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    This shows exactly why Heaton and his bandmates have been so successful.
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