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Barry John Upton (born 25 February 1954, Hastings, Sussex, England) is an English songwriter, arranger, musician and producer of various forms of pop music. He is also an audio engineer and stage performer having appeared around the world in various capacities. He now lives in Pattaya, Thailand where he continues writing, producing and performing music. In addition, he is the Executive Producer for radio & TV at Pattaya People Media Group and has been presenting the morning show on 96FM radio since 2010 to present.
In the early 1980s, Upton was a member of Brotherhood of Man, appearing in concert with them internationally. Although not a member of the band at the time of their Eurovision win, he was their musical arranger and co-wrote much of their material during his time with them. In 1997 he created the million selling pop band, Steps.
His writing and/or production credits include:
- Lightning Flash – Brotherhood of Man (1983)
- "I'm in the Mood For Dancing '89" – The Nolans (1989)
- "Only Fools (Never Fall in Love)" – Sonia (1991)
- "5,6,7,8" – UK Top Twenty hit co-written with Steve Crosby – Steps (1997)
- Dollar's Greatest Hits – Dollar (re-recorded versions)
- "Bunsen Burner" – UK Top Ten hit co-written with John Otway (2002)
- Gold: Greatest Hits – Steps (2002)
- "Cheeky Flamenco" – The Cheeky Girls (2003)
- "You've Got Me Dancing" (featured in the movie, Little Miss Sunshine, and co-written with Gordon Pogoda)
PEACE, LUV & HOTPANTZ
My Favourite Musicals 1, My Favourite Musicals 2 & The Grease Party album (Gut Records)
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