Bill Sharpe (musician)

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Bill Sharpe
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Sharpe as Member of Shakatak in Wuppertal, Germany (2014)
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Jeffrey Revell Sharpe
Born1952 (age 66–67)
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Years active1980s–present
Associated actsShakatak, Gary Numan, Sharpe & Numan, Don Grusin

Bill Sharpe (born William Jeffrey Revell Sharpe, November 19, 1952, Bishop's Stortford, England) is a British musician, who has worked solo, with Shakatak and with others, such as Gary Numan, and Don Grusin.

Life and career[edit]

Bill Sharpe as Member of Shakatak in Wuppertal, Germany (2014)

Sharpe was educated at Bishop's Stortford College. From there he studied music at Birmingham University where he gained an honours degree.

He worked for the BBC as a studio manager for six years and then, in the early 1980s, was a founding member of the group Shakatak.[1]

In 1985, he teamed with Gary Numan; billed as Sharpe & Numan, the duo scored a British Top 20 hit with the single "Change Your Mind".[2] That same year, Sharpe released his debut solo album, Famous People, which included the duet with Numan. Other vocalists featured on the album include then-frequent Numan backing singer Tessa Niles, who sang the title track.[3] It was released as the second single from the album, but did not chart.

A follow-up Sharpe & Numan single, "New Thing From London Town", was featured on Numan's 1986 album Strange Charm. Two years later, Sharpe & Numan returned with the single "No More Lies", and in early 1989 the duo released a full album together, Automatic. A second single, "I'm on Automatic", was a modest UK Top 40 hit. "Change Your Mind" was also included on that album.[2][4]

In 1999, he recorded his second solo album State of the Heart, in Los Angeles co-produced by Don Grusin. This featured many artists including Jeffrey Osborne and Gerald Albright.[5] He continued to work with Don Grusin on a joint project called Geography released in 2007. Sharpe's second collaboration with Grusin, Trans Atlantica,[6] was released on 3 September 2012 through the London label, Secret Records, and included their first album Geography as a special 2-CD package.[7] In recent years he has worked with Jah Wobble on the album Kingdom of Fitzrovia; Roberto Tola in the album Bein' Green and "Fast" Eddie Clarke on his album, Make My Day.

Sharpe continues to tour and record with Shakatak.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Shakatak". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 398/9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Bill Sharpe - Famous People (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Sharpe & Numan Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Bill Sharpe - State Of The Heart (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Trans Atlántica - Bill Sharpe, Don Grusin : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Trans Atlántica - Bill Sharpe, Don Grusin : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 February 2013.