Kim Appleby

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Kim Appleby
Birth name Kim Lorraine Appleby
Born (1961-08-28) 28 August 1961 (age 55)
Stoke Newington, London, England
Origin Hackney, London, England
Genres Dance-pop, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1985–present
Labels Parlophone (1990–1993)
Associated acts Mel and Kim

Kim Lorraine Appleby (born 28 August 1961), is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. She participated in the duo Mel and Kim, with her sister Melanie Appleby, until her sister's death from pneumonia following treatment for cancer.

Biography[edit]

Appleby was born in Stoke Newington[1] to a Jamaican father and white British mother.[2] She grew up in Hackney where her childhood was spent in poverty, with her parents splitting when she was fifteen and she was a mother by the age of seventeen.[2] She attributed her maturity to becoming a mother, stating that she "grew up overnight" and that she "changed and became a better person because of it".[2] She found success at the age of 24 and enjoyed chart hits with her sister between 1986 and 1988, including a number one UK single with "Respectable",[3] although they had stopped performing and recording in 1987 due to Mel's illness.[4] When her sister Mel was diagnosed with cancer, Kim took time out of her career to nurse her for two and a half years until her death in January 1990.[2]

With the aid of her boyfriend, ex-Bros bassist Craig Logan, Kim launched a solo career with much of her debut solo album composed of songs co-written with Mel, for what was intended to be the next "Mel and Kim" album.[2] The album, Kim Appleby, contained her debut solo single "Don't Worry" which reached number two on the British charts in November 1990.[5] A follow up single "G.L.A.D" was a UK #10 hit.[5] Subsequent singles from her debut album were "Mama" [#19] and "If You Cared" [#44].[5] Kim's second album, Breakaway, was not a commercial success and had a limited release. She released three further singles, "Light Of The World [#41, 1993], "Breakaway" [#56, 1993], and reunited with Stock and Aitken on "Free Spirit" [#51, 1994].[5] A download only single called "High" was released in 2007.

Appleby has chaired the Best Contemporary Song category of the Ivor Novello Awards since 2003.[citation needed]

In December 2010, the single "Took a Minute" by Levthand featuring Kim Appleby was released in Europe.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
[5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[13]
BEL
(FLA)

[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
IRE
[17]
NED
[18]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[19]
1990 "Don't Worry" 2 119 9 2 35 8 5 3 12 6 Kim Appleby
1991 "G.L.A.D" 10 158 22 6 19 7 16 14
"Mama" 19 25 41
"If You Cared" 44
1993 "Light of the World" 41 137 58 Breakaway
"Breakaway" 56
1994 "Free Spirit" 51 single only
2007 "High"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • 2004 "Believe" (Whiteman feat. Kim Appleby) [German Promo CD]
  • 2010 "Took a Minute" (Levthand feat. Kim Appleby)
  • 2011 "The World Today is a Mess" (Levthand feat. Kim Appleby)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genes Reunited. "Genes Reunited". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kee Hua Chee (1993) "Kim Appleby - Breakaway", New Straits Times, 7 November 1993, retrieved 22 May 2010
  3. ^ "Official Charts > Mel and Kim". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy (2008) The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 978-1-55652-754-8, p. 253-4
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Official Charts > Kim Appleby". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 15 July 2015". Imgur.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "austriancharts.at > Kim Appleby – Kim Appleby" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Kim Appleby – Kim Appleby (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Kim Appleby – Kim Appleby" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Kim Appleby in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "hitparade.ch > Kim Appleby – Kim Appleby" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for Kim Appleby (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (original source published by British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "austriancharts.at > Suche nach: Kim Appleby (songs)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen > Zoeken naar: Kim Appleby (songs)" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "lescharts.com > Kim Appleby dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  16. ^ German singles chart peaks:
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Kim Appleby (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Zoeken naar: Kim Appleby (songs)" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Kim Appleby (songs)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 

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