Peak UK Chart Position: #9 in December 1991.

On the birthday list today, February 4th, are the following:

  • Alice Cooper – born Vincent Damon Furnier, in Detroit, Michigan, United States – singer/songwriter/actor, turns 69 today (“School’s Out” UK #1/US #7 in 1972, “Poison” UK #2/US #7 in 1989, “Elected” UK #4 in 1972)
  • Natalie Imbruglia – born Natalie Jane Imbruglia, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – singer/songwriter/actress/model/artist, turns 42 today (“Torn” UK #2 in 1997, “Big Mistake” UK #2 in 1998, “Smoke” UK #5 in 1998)
  • Kimberly Wyatt – born Kimberly Kaye Wyatt, in Warrensburg, Missouri, United States – singer/dancer/choreographer/television personality, turns 35 today (with Pussycat Dolls: “Don’t Cha” with Busta Rhymes UK #1 in 2005, “Stickwitu” UK #1 in 2005; with Aggro Santos: “Candy” UK #5 in 2010)
  • Cam’ron – born Cameron Ezike Giles, in Harlem, New York, United States – rapper/actor/entrepreneur, turns 41 today (“Hey Ma” with Juelz Santana UK #8/US #3 in 2002/3, “Horse & Carriage” with Ma$e UK #12 in 1998, “Oh Boy” with Juelz Santana UK #13/US #4 in 2002)

Concluding today’s list is Tim Booth – born Timothy John Booth, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England – perhaps best known as the lead vocalist of indie group James, who turns 57 today. James formed in 1982, gradually building up a respectable fanbase (aided by the ‘Madchester’ movement late in 1989) until they finally broke through the chart ceiling in 1990 with a trio of hits peaking in the thirties. It was the remake of their 1989 track “Sit Down” which catapulted them into the big time, peaking at number two in April 1991 and going on to be the 20th best selling single of the year. The hits continued through to 2001, when Booth departed the group – although the group reformed in 2007 and continue performing and recording to this day. Booth focused on solo work during the group’s hiatus, as well as branching out into acting, and has continued this through the reformation.

“Sound” was the first single from 1992 album “Seven”, the group’s fourth studio album which peaked at number two (the same as predecessor “Gold Mother”). Here it is, an excellent seven minute performance, with the YouTube billing: “Le groupe James interprète “Sound” lors de leur superbe #Live à Fip au studio 105 de Radio France avec CultureBox”.

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