Chris Difford

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Chris Difford
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Background information
Birth name Christopher Henry Difford
Born (1954-11-04) 4 November 1954 (age 59)
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook
Website chrisdifford.com

Christopher Henry Difford, born 4 November 1954,[1] is an English singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was a founding member and songwriter of the British group Squeeze.

Musical career[edit]

Born in Greenwich, London, Difford has written lyrics for over 30 years, most notably in partnership with Glenn Tilbrook. The two were primary members in Squeeze and Difford & Tilbrook. Some of their best-known songs are Tempted, Pulling Mussels (From the Shell), Black Coffee in Bed, Cool for Cats, Up the Junction and Annie Get Your Gun.

Chris Difford performing at London's Royal Albert Hall, October 2009, in aid of the PRS (Performing Right Society) for Music Members' Benevolent Fund.

After the breakup of Squeeze in 1983 Difford continued writing songs with Glenn Tilbrook for artists such as Jools Holland,[2] Helen Shapiro, Billy Bremner and Elvis Costello. He has also written lyrics for music by Jools Holland, Elton John,[3] Wet Wet Wet,[4] Marti Pellow and others. He was involved with Tilbrook and John Turner in the creation of a musical, Labeled with Love, which was created using the songs of Squeeze.[5] The 1983 musical performed in Deptford was short-lived. In 1984 the pair released the album Difford and Tilbrook and had a minor hit in the UK with Love's Crashing Waves which reached 57 in the UK charts.[6] In 1985 Squeeze reunited, having hits in the U.S. with Babylon and On, Hourglass and 853-5937. Difford left the group in 1999 launching a solo career in 2003 with his album I Didn't Get Where I Am.[7] Difford was also manager of Bryan Ferry.[8]

In March 2010, Difford curated Songs In The Key Of London, an evening of music dedicated to the capital at the Barbican Centre, London.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Difford was raised in Greenwich. He has lived in New York with his first wife and their two children and in Rye, Sussex with the mother of his two youngest children. He lives just outside Brighton, Sussex with his wife, Louise, whom he married in April 2013.[10]

Solo discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs.com
  2. ^ Koda, Cub. Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues - Jools Holland at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Elton John – The Duets Collection". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wet Wet Wet – The Little Picture". www.disogs.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Duke". www.thedukedeptford.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Difford and Tilbrook - UK Charts". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Chris Difford". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Duerden, Nick (20 February 2008). "Chris Difford: It's a bit of a Squeeze". The Independent. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Green, Thomas H (10 March 2010). "Songs in the Key of London at the Barbican, review". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Magic Summer Live: An interview with Chris Difford.". www.essentialsurrey.co.uk. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

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