|Birth name||Paul Hardcastle|
10 December 1957 |
Kensington, London, England
|Genres||Synthpop, freestyle, electronica, ambient, electro house, breakstep, smooth jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, producer, songwriter, radio presenter (in US)|
|Instruments||Synthesizer, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, programming|
|Labels||Chrysalis, Motown, Hardcastle, Trippin' 'n' Rhythm, V2, Profile|
Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England) is an English composer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. Although he specializes in the synthesizer, he can also play multiple instruments.
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. Producer Simon Fuller named his company '19 Entertainment' after the song, and the two are known to collaborate.
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.
After 1986, Hardcastle started to specialise in television soundtracks and remixed work, for artists as such as Five Star, Barry White, Third World, Sinitta, Johnny Logan, Hiroshima and Ian Dury. His piece "The Shuffle" was included in the soundtrack of the movie When the Wind Blows.
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 "Rain Forest" and a hit single, "Desire".
Hardcastle has also recorded several synth jazz albums, alternating releases under the pseudonyms Kiss The Sky (with Jaki Graham) and The Jazzmasters, as well as under his real name 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 U.S. Billboard Jazz songs chart, becoming his tenth number one on the Smooth Jazz chart in total.
In February 2014, Hardcastle was appointed Chairman of NUA Entertainment, which was founded by one of the UK's top businessmen, Neil Utley and his wife, Nicky.
|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)
|2014||Movin & Groovin|
Smooth jazz albums
|1997||Cover To Cover|
|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|
|2014||The Jazzmasters VII|
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: "Rain Forest" (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: "Rain Forest"/"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 Retrieved 23 August 2009.
- Maxine Hardcastle @ Discogs Retrieved 23 August 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 Retrieved 23 August 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.