Simply Red was always just about Mick Hucknall. Many other accomplished musicians have been part of the ride but, as the group's lead vocalist and songwriter, Simply Red is a vehicle for Hucknall's carefully crafted marriage of pop and soul. After forming punk band Frantic Elevators and playing for seven years with little success Hucknall changed course to launch Simply Red - popularly believed to be named after either his red hair or his beloved Manchester United. Their first single - a cover of the Valentine Brothers' 'Money's Too Tight (To Mention)' - charted and, following it with a re-recording of old Frantic Elevators' track 'Holding Back the Years', Hucknall was on his way to stardom. Gradually becoming more mainstream, he hit the jackpot with 1991's 'Stars', Europe's best-selling album for two years running. The group then secured their first UK number single with 'Fairground' in 1995. In 2009 Mick Hucknall announced his intention to retire Simply Red in 2010 following a farewell tour. However, they reunited five years later for a 30th anniversary tour and recorded their eleventh studio album, 'Big Love' (2015). They then embarked on a tour to mark the 25 anniversary of 'Stars' and released their 12th studio album, 'Blue Eyed Soul', in 2019.