Kirsty MacColl

(1959—2000) singer and songwriter

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b. 10 October 1959, England, d. 18 December 2000, Mexico. The daughter of the celebrated folk singer Ewan MacColl, Kirsty enjoyed success in her own right as an accomplished songwriter and pop vocalist. Originally signed to Stiff Records as a 16-year-old after they heard her singing with punk outfit the Drug Addix, she was most unfortunate not to secure a massive hit with the earnest ‘They Don’t Know’. Many years later, the television comedienne Tracey Ullman took an inferior rendition of the song to number 2 in the UK charts. MacColl had to wait until 1981 for her first chart hit. A change of label to Polydor Records brought her deserved UK Top 20 success with the witty ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis’. Her interest in country and pop influences was discernible on her strong debut, Desperate Characters.


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