Peak UK Chart Position: #15 in February 1989.
Hue and Cry comprised brothers Pat and Greg Kane, originating from Coatbridge, Scotland – and it is Pat, vocalist, and the elder of the two, who celebrates his 53rd birthday today. They formed the group as far back as 1983, but it wasn’t until 1987 that “Labour Of Love”, their second major label release, steadily climbed the charts and gave them their first hit, spending two weeks at number six. Aside from a 1993 remix of the same track, “Violently” in 1989 was their only other track to make the top forty in the UK. Still performing, they can be seen live in Glasgow on 21st and 22nd April, and with Howard Jones in Liverpool on May 19th.
They made an appearance on ITV’s revival show ‘Hit Me, Baby, One More Time’ in 2005, winning through to the final by performing not only “Labour Of Love”, but also Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love”. They were beaten in the final by Shakin’ Stevens.
Here’s a live vocal performance of the fabulous “Looking For Linda”, taken from Top of the Pops on February 23rd 1989, and introduced by Susie Mathis – a show that also included “What I Am” by American singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, who is also a birthday celebrant today, turning 51.