|Birth name||Paul Hardcastle|
10 December 1957 |
Kensington, London, England
|Genres||Synthpop, freestyle, smooth jazz, ambient, electro, house|
|Occupations||Musician, producer, songwriter, radio presenter (in US)|
|Labels||Chrysalis, Motown, Hardcastle, Trippin' 'n' Rhythm, V2 Records, Profile Records|
He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, "Rain Forest", which along with the track, "Sound Chaser" hit number two on the dance chart. "Rain Forest" also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100. In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit "19", a song about America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. Mike Oldfield sued Hardcastle over the similarities between this track and his song "Tubular Bells." On some releases of 19, Mike Oldfield is credited.
Hardcastle enjoyed several further hits in the UK, including "Don't Waste My Time" (with vocals by Carol Kenyon) (UK No. 8) and "The Wizard", a UK No. 15 hit that became the theme tune for BBC Television's music chart show Top of the Pops from April 1986 until September 1991. He also had a hit with "Just For Money", which reached No. 19 in the UK and featured Bob Hoskins and Laurence Olivier. Earlier, he had cut a cover version of D-Train's most influential hit "You're the One For Me", segued with his own compositions "Daybreak" and "A.M." Hardcastle also wrote the theme tune for Saturday Live, a popular entertainment show which ran from 1985-1987.
In 1988, Hardcastle released the concept album, No Winners, which focuses on the potential negative effects of the Cold War arms race. In 2000, he released Hardcastle III, which included a remake of "Rainforest" and a hit single, "Desire."
Hardcastle has also recorded several synth jazz albums, alternating releases under the artist names Kiss The Sky (with Jaki Graham), The Jazzmasters, and Paul Hardcastle. Working regularly with vocalists such as Helen Rogers, Becki Biggins, and Margo LeDuc, Hardcastle has recruited several saxophonists including Gary Barnacle (on the first album), Snake Davis, Phil Todd, Tony Woods, and Rock Hendricks. All these albums have been played on smooth jazz radio in the United States, where some of the most played tracks include "Northern Lights", "Lost in Space", "Desire", "Shine", and "Serene". He won the Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist Of The Year award in 2008.
2010's The Jazzmasters VI track "Touch and Go", featuring his son Paul Jr. on saxophone, reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Jazz songs chart, becoming his tenth number one on the Smooth Jazz chart in total.
|1984||Daybreak (First Light)|
|1999||Cover To Cover: A Musical Autobiography|
|2003||The Very Best of Paul Hardcastle 1983-2003|
|2012||Perceptions Of Pacha VIII|
|2012||19 Below Zero|
|2013||Electrofied 80s: Essential Paul Hardcastle
(Music Club Deluxe release. A division of Demon Music Group)
Smooth jazz albums
|2009||Paul Hardcastle: The Collection|
The Jazzmasters series
|1995||The Jazzmasters II|
|1999||The Jazzmasters III|
|2000||Jazzmasters: The Greatest Hits|
|2004||The Jazzmasters 4|
|2004||The Smooth Cuts|
|2006||The Jazzmasters V|
|2010||The Jazzmasters VI|
Kiss The Sky series
|1992||Kiss The Sky|
|1994||Millennium sky way|
The Chill Lounge series
|2012||The Chill Lounge, vol.1|
|2013||The Chill Lounge, vol.2|
- 1984: "You're the One For Me - Daybreak - A.M." (UK No. 41)
- 1984: "Guilty" (UK No. 553,)
- 1984: "Rainforest" (UK No. 41)
- 1984: "Eat Your Heart Out" (UK No. 59)
- 1985: "19" (Switzerland No. 1 (7 Weeks) ; Norway No. 1 (7 Weeks) ; Germany No. 1 (6 Weeks) ; UK No. 1 (5 Weeks); Netherlands No. 1 (5 Weeks); New Zealand No. 1 (4 Weeks); Sweden No. 1 (2 Weeks); Austria No. 1; Italy No. 1; Ireland No. 1; US Dance Club Play Chart No. 1 (2 Weeks); France No. 15; U.S. No. 15)
- 1985 "N-N-Nineteen Not Out" as producer of Rory Bremner's parody single recorded under the name of the Commentators (UK No. 13)
- 1985: "Rainforest" (re-issue) (US No. 57 / UK No. 53)
- 1985: "Just for Money" (UK No. 19; Ireland No. 15)
- 1986: "Don't Waste My Time" (UK No. 8; Ireland No. 15)
- 1986: "Foolin' Yourself" (UK No. 51)
- 1986: "The Wizard" (UK No. 15; Ireland No. 10)
- 1988: "Walk in the Night" (UK No. 54)
- 1988: "40 Years" (UK No. 53)
- 1989: "Are You Ready" as Paul Hardcastle Sound Syndication (UK No. 90)
- 2011: "Rainforest"/"What's Going On" - Smooth Jazz Indicator Chart (#16)
- 2011: "Easy Come, Easy Go - Smooth Jazz Indicator Chart (#1)
- 2013: "No Stress (At All)" - peak position: #1 (Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart)
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- List of 1980s one-hit wonders in the United States
- List of performers on Top of the Pops
- List of Euro disco artists
- List of smooth jazz performers
- List of synthpop artists
- List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
- "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 117.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 244.
- Paul Hardcastle @ Discogs Accessed 8-23-2009.
- Maxine Hardcastle @ Discogs Accessed 8-23-2009.
- "I'll never work in TV again, howls Playboy model at judge as she's convicted of battering pop star's daughter in nightclub toilet". Daily Mail (London). 24 December 2009.
- Paul Hardcastle, Jr. @ Discogs Accessed 8-23-2009.
- The holidays are coming and so is Jazzmasters 6 – Paul Hardcastle
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 243. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Official website
- European website
- Trippin 'n' Rhythm Records
- Paul Hardcastle at the Internet Movie Database