Alan Barton

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Alan Barton
Born (1953-09-16)16 September 1953
Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
Origin Barnsley, England
Died 23 March 1995(1995-03-23) (aged 41)
Cologne, Germany
Genres rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1969-1995
Associated acts Black 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]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pierre Perrone. "Obituary: Alan Barton | People | News". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  2. ^ [1]
  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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