Dave Wakeling

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Dave Wakeling
Wakeling performing in 2007
Wakeling performing in 2007
Background information
Born (1956-02-19) 19 February 1956 (age 66)
Birmingham, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1978–present
Member ofThe Beat
Formerly ofGeneral Public

David Wakeling (born 19 February 1956) is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his work with the band the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat) and General Public.


Wakeling began his professional career when he formed the band, the Beat. The debut studio album by the Beat included the singles "I Just Can't Stop It", "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Hands Off...She's Mine" and "Can't Get Used to Losing You", all of which charted within the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. The band also had UK hits from the studio albums Wha'ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982).

Wakeling then formed General Public with Ranking Roger in 1984, and they released their debut studio album All the Rage that year. He also recorded two other studio albums with General Public, Hand to Mouth (1986) and Rub It Better (1995), shortly after which the band disbanded.

He then produced the soundtrack for the John Hughes romantic comedy film She's Having a Baby (1988), in which he also recorded the title track.

In 1991, Wakeling released his sole solo studio album No Warning, on I.R.S. Records and has lived in California for a number of years. He regularly performs as the English Beat in North America,[1] and has recorded two new songs that feature in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Dance of the Undead" which debuted in March 2013."[2]

Throughout his career, Wakeling has mainly used a left handed Vox Teardrop guitar aka: Vox Mark III, he was initially drawn to the guitar as his favourite artist and guitarist Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones used one. "I wanted to be him and I used to play my cricket bat or my tennis racket and pretend it was a teardrop in the mirror when my mom had gone out shopping. I even bought a blond wig from a second-hand shop and I cut it out into a bob. As soon as I heard the front door I would think "Great, she’s gone". I would take out the wig, the cricket bat and play in front of the mirror."[3] On 8 April 2006, he donated his Vox of 26 years to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[4]


In July 2012, Wakeling expressed concern over the United States' economic problems: "I have a nose tuned to the smell of the death of an empire, and I smell it now."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wakeling is divorced, with two children, Max and Chloe. He resides in the San Fernando Valley, California.[citation needed]

In 1985, Wakeling announced in a press interview with Mother Jones magazine that he was bisexual.[6]


  • No Warning (1991 I.R.S. Records)

Side one

  1. "I Want More" (Dave Wakeling, Parthenon Huxley) – 4:16
  2. "No Warning" (Wakeling, Mark Goldenberg) – 4:53
  3. "Remember in the Dark" (Wakeling) – 5:23
  4. "Every Time You Look at Me That Way" (Wakeling) – 4:12
  5. "Sensation" (Wakeling, Mickey Billingham, Goldenberg) – 4:04

Side two

  1. "Freedom Fighter" (Wakeling, Billingham) – 5:53
  2. "One + One + One" (Wakeling, Goldenberg) – 5:15
  3. "Sex with You" (Wakeling) – 3:32
  4. "I'm Not Ready" (Wakeling, Billingham) – 3:58
  5. "She's Having a Baby" (Wakeling, Ian Ritchie) – 3:44

Produced by Mark Goldenberg (tracks 1–9) and Steve Levine ("She's Having a Baby")


  1. ^ [1] Archived 15 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Marco on the Bass: Scooby Doo Episode Features New Music by the English Beat". Marcoonthebass.blogspot.com. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Ask The Artist: Dave Wakeling (The English Beat) - NRG Recording Studios". Nrgrecording.com. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Dave Wakeling's guitar donated to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". Punknews.org. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Dave Wakeling's Tuned Nose Knows Tenderness". Nymn.com. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ Block, Adam (February 1985). "Music: Dave Wakeling Goes Public". Mother Jones. San Francisco, USA: Foundation for National Progress. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  • 1. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, Third Edition (Fireside, 2001)
  • 2. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Books, 2004)

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