Alan Barton

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Alan Barton
Born(1953-09-16)16 September 1953
Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
Died23 March 1995(1995-03-23) (aged 41)
Cologne, Germany
GenresRock, pop
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1969–1995
Associated actsBlack Lace, Smokie

Alan Leslie Barton (16 September 1953 – 23 March 1995) was a British singer and member of the hit-making duo Black Lace.[1] Their hits included "Agadoo", "Superman" and their United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest 1979 seventh-place finisher "Mary Ann" in Jerusalem.[2][3]


Born in Barnsley, Yorkshire,[1] Barton replaced Chris Norman in Smokie in 1986, recording six albums with them, and touring extensively as their lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist.[1] He was the lead singer on Smokie's revival of their hit, "Living Next Door to Alice", recorded with British comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown, as "Living Next Door to Alice (Who the F**k Is Alice)".[1] In the early 1990s, he released his only solo album, Precious (1991) and two accompanying singles: "July 69" (1990) and "Carry Your Heart" (with Kristine Pettersen) (1991).[4]

Barton died in March 1995, at the age of 41, from injuries incurred when Smokie's tour bus crashed during a hailstorm in Cologne, Germany.[1][5]

He is buried at Liversedge cemetery, West Yorkshire.


  1. ^ a b c d e Pierre Perrone. "Obituary: Alan Barton | People | News". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ "Eurovision 1979 Jerusalem : United Kingdom - Black Lace : Mary Ann". 11 May 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Black Lace - Mary Ann (United Kingdom 1979) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest". 1979-03-31. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  4. ^ "Alan Barton Discography". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  5. ^ "Entertainment | 'Worst song' Agadoo re-released". BBC News. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2016-01-26.

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