Martin David Fry (born 9 March 1958, Stockport, Cheshire ) is the [1 ] lead singer (and currently sole member) of the British new wave band ABC.
Biography [ edit ]
He grew up in
Bramhall, Stockport, alongside his younger brother Jamie (of Earl Brutus). [2 ]
Martin Fry first met up with future bandmates
Mark White and Stephen Singleton while interviewing them for a fanzine that he edited called Modern Drugs. White and Singleton, then fronting a rock band called Vice Versa, invited Fry to join their band to play the keyboards. The group changed its name to ABC and changed its sound to a synthpop style that at that time led them to be categorized with bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and The Human League.
Between 1982 and 1992, ABC recorded six studio albums (
, The Lexicon of Love , Beauty Stab , How to Be a...Zillionaire! , Alphabet City and Up ) and released a greatest hits compilation, Abracadabra . During this time, the band went through numerous personnel changes, with Martin Fry and Mark White being the only permanent members. Absolutely
Zillionaire album, ABC temporarily disappeared from the limelight while Fry was treated for Hodgkin's disease.
ABC split up in 1992, with White leaving the music business to pursue an interest in
Reiki therapy. Martin Fry continued to work with EMI in the months thereafter but was axed from the label before his solo material was ever released.
Fry resurrected the ABC name in 1997 for the album
, a homage to several of his musical heroes, including Skyscraping David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Sex Pistols. The album was a collaboration with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 and Honeyroot's Keith Lowndes.
The band has toured extensively and performed live at events such as the 2001
Night of the Proms, where Fry was supported by a 72-piece orchestra and 50-piece choir.
In 2008, Fry released a new ABC album called
In April 2009, Fry and original drummer David Palmer performed the Lexicon Of Love album at the
Royal Albert Hall in London. The band was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Anne Dudley of Art of Noise fame, who arranged and played keyboards on the original record, conducted the Royal Albert Hall performance.
Fry and Palmer (as ABC) toured the U.S. as part of the 2009 'Regeneration Tour',
which also featured [3 ] Terri Nunn of Berlin, Wang Chung, and the Cutting Crew.
Other work [ edit ]
In 1989, Fry recorded a song called "Mythical Girl" with
Arthur Baker for Baker's album Merge, a project that included songs with various artists, including Love Is the Message featuring Al Green. Together with Mark White, Fry co-wrote and produced a couple of songs of
Paul Rutherford's 1989 album . Oh World In 1997, Fry contributed to
David Arnold's , an album made up of re-recordings of James Bond movie themes featuring vocals by contemporary artists. The song Fry performed was the theme of Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project Thunderball In 2005, Fry embarked on an extensive UK tour with
Tony Hadley, former lead singer of popular 1980s Pop group Spandau Ballet. Highlights of the tour were released on CD and DVD compilations, both titled . The DVD is available in Europe, but has yet to be released in Tony Hadley vs. Martin Fry NTSC format. Fry, Tony Hadley and
Richard Drummie of Go West fame, together with manager John Glover, went on a trek to The Lost World in Venezuela in February 2006. Fry appeared in the
BBC Television program in February 2006. This was a Just the Two of Us reality TV competition in the style of , but this time with contestants (one celebrity being a famous singer, the other celeb being a novice) judged upon their singing skills as part of a duet. He was teamed with TV presenter Strictly Come Dancing Gaby Roslin and they were eliminated in the first show after battling the team of Nicky Campbell and Beverley Knight. Fry was featured extensively in the 2006
VH1 mini-series 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's. When asked, Fry revealed that he hoped ABC's 1982 single " The Look of Love" would land a coveted slot in the Top 10. Despite his plea, the song was ranked No. 43. Fry worked on several songs for the 2007 movie
starring Music and Lyrics Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Fry also served as Grant's vocal coach for the movie. [4 ] Fry has a track called "New Man" on the
Sonic Hub Eye of the Storm debut album. The song features a section of " Cars" by Gary Numan. Fry toured the U.S. in the summer of 2008 with the
Regeneration Tour 2008, a show that also featured the Human League as the headliners, Belinda Carlisle, A Flock of Seagulls, and Naked Eyes. In 2012, Fry received an honorary doctorate from the
University of Sheffield.
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