Martin Fry

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Martin Fry
Martin Fry Canal Room 20060615.jpg
Martin Fry performing at the Canal Room in New York City, 2006
Background information
Born (1958-03-09) 9 March 1958 (age 57)
Origin Bramhall, Stockport, England
Genres New wave
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts

Martin David Fry (born 9 March 1958, in Stockport, Cheshire[1]) is an English singer. He is the lead singer (and currently sole member) of the new wave band ABC.


He grew up in Bramhall, Stockport, alongside his younger brother Jamie (of Earl Brutus).[2]


Main article: ABC (band)

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.[citation needed] White and Singleton, then fronting a rock band called Vice Versa, invited Fry to join their band to play the keyboards.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Between 1982 and 1992, ABC recorded six studio albums (The Lexicon of Love, Beauty Stab, How to Be a...Zillionaire!, Alphabet City, Up and Abracadabra) and released a greatest hits compilation, Absolutely. During this time, the band went through numerous personnel changes, with Martin Fry and Mark White being the only permanent members.[citation needed]

Following the Zillionaire album, ABC temporarily disappeared from the limelight while Fry was treated for Hodgkin's disease.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Fry resurrected the ABC name in 1997 for the album Skyscraping, a homage to several of his musical heroes, including David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Sex Pistols.[citation needed] The album was a collaboration with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 and Honeyroot's Keith Lowndes.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2008, Fry released a new ABC album called Traffic.[citation needed]

In April 2009, Fry and original drummer David Palmer performed the Lexicon Of Love album at the Royal Albert Hall in London.[citation needed] The band was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.[citation needed] Anne Dudley of Art of Noise fame, who arranged and played keyboards on the original record, conducted the Royal Albert Hall performance.[citation needed]

Fry and Palmer (as ABC) toured the U.S. as part of the 2009 'Regeneration Tour',[3] which also featured Terri Nunn of Berlin, Wang Chung, and the Cutting Crew.

Other work[edit]

Fry (left) and Tony Hadley (right) performing in 2005


  1. ^ Paul Lester (15 November 2008). "Steel crazy: The Human League, ABC, Heaven 17". Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Frame, Pete. Pete Frame's Rockin' Around Britain: Rock'n'roll Landmarks of the UK and Ireland. Omnibus, 1999. ISBN 0-7119-6973-6, ISBN 978-0-7119-6973-5. BRAMHALL ABC 's Martin Fry and his younger brother Jamie (currently in Earl Brutus) grew up in this leafy middle- class suburb.
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  4. ^ "ABC's Fry Is Hugh Grant's New Vocal Coach". Billboard. 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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