Peak UK Chart Position: #4 in June 1982.

Happy birthday to Martin Fry (born Martin David Fry, in Stretford, Lancashire, England), he of the gold lamé suit, frontman of – and currently the man known as – ABC, who celebrates turning 59 today. Originally known as Vice Versa, who were then a rock band, ABC switched to synthpop and enlisted the help of Trevor Horn to produce their debut and chart-topping album – the iconic “Lexicon Of Love”. Four top twenty singles came from the album:  “Tears Are Not Enough”, “Poison Arrow”, “The Look of Love” and “All Of My Heart”. Thirty-four years on, 2016 saw “Lexicon Of Love II” released, with it making number five on the album charts.

Quick facts:

  • “The Look Of Love” was their highest charting single in the UK, spending two weeks at number four, and selling over 250,000 copies.
  • It topped the charts in Canada. and went top twenty in most territories, including America.
  • Their 1987 album “Alphabet City” was also a top ten album, and spawned the single “When Smokey Sings”, which got to number 11.
  • ABC will be performing at several festivals this year, as well as at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 6th.

Here is that aforementioned suit, on display during this performance by Fry at the Prince’s Trust concert in honour of Trevor Horn from 2004.

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