Kim Appleby

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Kim Appleby
Birth name Kim Lorraine Appleby
Born (1961-08-28) 28 August 1961 (age 53)
Stoke Newington, London
Origin London Borough of Hackney, London
Genres Dance-pop, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1985–present
Labels Parlophone (1990-1993)
Associated acts Mel and Kim

Kim Appleby (born 28 August 1961), is an English singer, songwriter and actor. She participated in the duo Mel and Kim, with her sister Melanie Appleby, until her sister's death from pneumonia following treatment for cancer.


Appleby was born in Stoke Newington[1] to a Jamaican father and white British mother.[2] She grew up in Hackney where her childhood was spent in poverty, with her parents splitting when she was fifteen and she was a mother by the age of seventeen.[2] She attributed her maturity to becoming a mother, stating that she "grew up overnight" and that she "changed and became a better person because of it".[2] She found success at the age of 24 and enjoyed chart hits with her sister between 1986 and 1988, including a number one UK single with "Respectable", although they had stopped performing and recording in 1987 due to Mel's illness.[3][4] When her sister Mel was diagnosed with cancer, Kim took time out of her career to nurse her for two and a half years until her death in January 1990.[2]

With the aid of her boyfriend, ex-Bros bassist Craig Logan, Kim launched a solo career with much of her debut solo album composed of songs co-written with Mel, for what was intended to be the next "Mel and Kim" album.[2] The album, Kim Appleby, contained her debut solo single "Don't Worry" which reached number two on the British charts in November 1990.[5] A follow up single "G.L.A.D." was a UK #10 hit.[5] Subsequent singles from her debut album were "Mama" [#19] and "If You Cared" [#44].[5] Kim's second album, Breakaway, was not a commercial success and had a limited release. She released three further singles, "Light Of The World [#41, 1993], "Breakaway" [#56, 1993], and reunited with Stock and Aitken on "Free Spirit" [#51, 1994].[5] A download only single called "High" was released in 2007.

Appleby has chaired the Best Contemporary Song category of the Ivor Novello Awards since 2003.[citation needed]

In December 2010, the single "Took a Minute" by Levthand featuring Kim Appleby was released in Europe.[citation needed]



  • 1990 Kim Appleby (#23 UK) - (Gold)
  • 1993 Breakaway
  • 1993 Breakaway - Extended Mixes (8-Track Promo CD of exclusive extended versions of the album tracks)

Album track lists[edit]

Kim Appleby[edit]

  1. "Don't Worry"
  2. "Mama"
  3. "If You Cared"
  4. "Downtown Clown"
  5. "I'll Be There"
  6. "G.L.A.D."
  7. "Hey You"
  8. "What Did I Do Wrong?"
  9. "Dodgy People"
  10. "Teach Me"


  1. "Breakaway"
  2. "Missing You"
  3. "Light of the World"
  4. "Love Will Find A Way"
  5. "Strong Love"
  6. "Loving You Boy"
  7. "The Tables Have Turned"
  8. "I’m Not Your Property"
  9. "Good to Me"
  10. "That’s Life"
  11. "Everybody Needs Someone"
  12. "Little Child"


Year Single Peak positions Album
1990 "Don't Worry" 2 5 3 2 35 8 9 6 12 Kim Appleby
1991 "G.L.A.D." 10 7 16 6 19 22 14
"Mama" 19 25 41
"If You Cared" 44
1993 "Light Of The World" 41 58 Breakaway
"Breakaway" 56
1994 "Free Spirit" 51
2007 "High" single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
  • 2004 "Believe" (Whiteman feat. Kim Appleby) [German Promo CD]
  • 2010 "Took a Minute" (Levthand feat. Kim Appleby) (German Release "Download Only" - December 2010)
  • 2011 "Took a Minute" (Levthand feat. Kim Appleby) (UK Release)
  • 2011 "The World Today is a Mess" (Levthand feat. Kim Appleby)

B-sides and other tracks[edit]

  • "Shame" (included on the "Light of the World" CD Single) (1993)
  • "Believe" (on Tonka's 84 album) (2004)
  • "Follow You" (on Tonka's 84 album) (2004)
  • "Something Pour Moi" (2007)
  • "Just Took a Minute" (2007)
  • "Keep Trying" (on Levthand's Taxidrive album) (2010)
  • "The World Is A Mess" (on Levthand's Taxidrive album) (2010)

Unreleased songs[edit]

  • "Don't Give Up"
  • "Happy You're Mine" (1996)
  • "I Think of You"
  • "Let's Talk About It"
  • "Turn on the Night"
  • "Out There"
  • "Two of Us"
  • "Up Where I Belong" (Kim's version) (1996)
  • "Mistakes (We All Make)" (2006)
  • "One Minute You're Hot"
  • "Wonderful"
  • "Everybody Needs Somebody"
  • "Symphony of Life"
  • "I Can Hear Your Voice"
  • "Material Love"
  • "Kooky"

She worked with a string of different record producers such as Anders Bagge, Michael Garvin, Sheppard Solomon, and Terry Roland amongst others. The above list of unreleased songs are titles that have been registered on and under Kim Appleby songs.

Mike Stock stated that they also worked on two-three additional songs at the time they recorded "Free Spirit" in 1994.


  1. ^ Genes Reunited. "Genes Reunited". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kee Hua Chee (1993) "Kim Appleby - Breakaway", New Straits Times, 7 November 1993, retrieved 22 May 2010
  3. ^ "Mel & Kim", Chart Stats, retrieved 22 May 2010
  4. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy (2008) The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 978-1-55652-754-8, p. 253-4
  5. ^ a b c d "Kim Appleby", Chart Stats, retrieved 22 May 2010
  6. ^ "Official Charts Company: Kim Appleby". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kim Appleby - German Chart". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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