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Jardim is a cousin of Alberto João Jardim (former president of the regional government of Madeira). He still remains married to his second wife, Maria Jardim. They have been married since 1987 and have two daughters together, Natassia and Stefania. He also has two daughters from his first marriage to Linda Jardim. They are Gabrielle and Rebecca. His first wife was a successful session singer and the lead vocal in the Buggles hit Video Killed the Radio Star.
Jardim's career includes music composition, production, arrangements, and studio work. He took part in the UK selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, fronting the group 'Headache' in the A Song for Europe contest broadcast on BBC1. The song, "Not Without Your Ticket (Don't Go)", placed 7th of the 8 entries.
Beginning with ABC's debut The Lexicon Of Love in 1981/82, Jardim has worked extensively on projects with Trevor Horn, including with Seal and on Grace Jones' Slave to the Rhythm, including playing bass on the title track. He produced 'Everything Could Be So Perfect', the debut album by Anne Pigalle for Horn's ZTT label. He went on “tournées” with Tina Turner, George Michael, Rod Stewart, etc. Luís Jardim plays various instruments. He's best known for playing drums, bass, percussion, and guitars. He played live at the 2004 Produced by Trevor Horn show and with The Producers in 2006/7.
He has worked with Madness (on Keep Moving and Mad Not Mad), Asia (on Astra and Arena and Aura), Claire Martin (Take My Heart), Yes, Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, They Might Be Giants, Clinks Turner, Mike Batt, David Bowie, Cher, Grace Jones, Björk, Mezzoforte, Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Gareth Gates, Tom Jones, Alejandro Sanz, Nina Hagen, João Pedro Pais, Eros Ramazzoti, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Johnny Hallyday, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Sir Elton John, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Katie Melua, Modern Romance, Jeff Beck, Fish, Tina Turner, Roddy Frame, Billy Idol, Coldplay, David Gilmour, and many others.
Work on Portuguese TV
Jardim became best known in Portugal after his appearance on the Portuguese version of Pop Idol and on other music talent shows on Portuguese television channels. He was then a judge on Uma Canção Para Ti (A song for you), a talent show for young people (between 8 and 15 years old) for two seasons. Currently, he is a judge on A Tua Cara Não Me é Estranha (Your face seems familiar), a show where 8 Portuguese celebrities in the field of acting and music mime (vocal and physically, including resorting to blackface frequently) a randomly selected musician every week.
With Nina Hagen
With Robbie Williams
With Duncan James
- Future Past (Innocent Records, 2006)
With Grace Jones
- Slave to the Rhythm (Island Records, 1985)
With Eric Clapton
- Pilgrim (Reprise Records, 1998)
With Céline Dion
- One Heart (Columbia Records, 2003)
With David Gilmour
- About Face (Harvest Records, 1984)
With Michael W. Smith
- Live the Life (Reunion Records, 1998)
With Barry Manilow
- Barry Manilow (Arista Records, 1989)
With Melanie C
- Reason (Virgin Records, 2003)
- Black (A&M Records, 1991)
With Julia Fordham
- Julia Fordham (Virgin Records, 1988)
With Mark Owen
- Green Man (RCA Records, 1996)
With Beverley Craven
With Joan Armatrading
- Square the Circle (A&M Records, 1992)
With Will Young
- Keep On (19 Recordings, 2005)
With Dusty Springfield
- Reputation (Parlophone Records, 1990)
With Annie Lennox
With Nerina Pallot
- Dear Frustrated Superstar (Polydor Records, 2001)
With Garland Jeffreys
- Wildlife Dictionary (MCA Records, 1997)
With Maggie Reilly
- Elena (EMI, 1996)
With Murray Head
- Sooner or Later (Virgin Records, 1987)
With Oleta Adams
- Circle of One (Fontana Records, 1990)
With Bryan Ferry
With Lisa Stansfield
- The Moment (Edel Records, 2004)
- Marie Claire D'Ubaldo (Polydor Records, 1994)
With Jennifer Rush
- Credo (EMI, 1997)
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