Nick Heyward

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Nick Heyward
Nick Heyward 2015.jpg
Heyward at the Let's Rock Bristol, June 2015
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Heyward
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 55)
Beckenham, Kent, England
Genres Pop, rock, new wave, alternative, indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1980–present
Labels Arista 1981-1986
Reprise 1988-1989
Epic 1993-1996
Creation 1997-1998
Associated acts Haircut 100
Boogie Box High

Nicholas "Nick" Heyward (born 20 May 1961 in Beckenham, Kent)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist known for being the frontman of the early 1980s band Haircut 100 and for his solo career.


Early life[edit]

Born in Beckenham, Heyward spent his early years in and around south London. He attended Kelsey Park School for Boys where he studied art and photography. He left school at 16 to work as a commercial artist.[2]

Haircut One Hundred[edit]

Heyward and school friends Graham Jones and Les Nemes,[3] the core of Haircut One Hundred, started bands together as far back as 1977. They were first known as Rugby, then the Boat Party, Captain Pennyworth and Moving England, before settling on Haircut One Hundred.[4] The band signed with Arista Records in 1981 and had four UK Top 10 singles between 1981—82.[5] Their debut album, Pelican West (1982), written by Heyward, reached No. 2. It was Certified Platinum[6] by the British Phonographic Industry.

Work on the band's second album commenced in October 1982 but, in January 1983, a statement was issued confirming that Heyward had left the band and percussionist Marc Fox had taken over on vocals. At the time of the announcement, Heyward told Smash Hits magazine that he had been contemplating going solo for a while and had already recorded some tracks with session musicians.[7] However, many years later, Heyward stated that he had been struggling with stress and depression at the time after a year of constant work and pressure which led to him being, in effect, sacked by the other members of the band.[8][9]

Solo career[edit]

Heyward's solo career took off in March 1983 with the single "Whistle Down The Wind", which reached No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart.[10] Two further Top 20 hits followed: "Take That Situation" (#11) and "Blue Hat for a Blue Day" (#14).[10] His debut solo album, North of a Miracle, was released in October 1983 and peaked at No. 10 in the UK. The successive non-album singles, "Love All Day" and "Warning Sign" both went Top 40 although a final single "Laura" failed to do so.[10]

Postcards From Home, Heyward's second solo album, was released in 1986 and featured the singles "Over the Weekend" and "Goodbye Yesterday".[10] By 1988, he had moved to Warner Bros. Records and released his third album, I Love You Avenue, which included the single "You're My World".

Heyward's 1993 album, From Monday to Sunday, on Epic Records, featured a more classic rock style.[11] and brought him his first hits of the 1990s. The first single, "Kite", reached No. 44 in the UK Singles Charts[10] and No. 4 in Billboard magazine's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[12]

In 1995, Heyward released his second Epic Records album, Tangled, providing him with a UK Top 40 Single "Rollerblade".[10]

In 1998, Creation Records released The Apple Bed,[13] Heyward's most recent major label release. It featured three singles, "Today", "The Man You Used to Be" and "Stars In Her Eyes".[14]

Since 1998, Heyward has released two independent albums: Open Sesame Seed (2001), a collaboration with British actor/singer Greg Ellis, and featuring Ellis reading Heyward's poetry to the accompaniment of Heyward's musical backing; and The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper (2006), an album of songs recorded with singer/actress India Dupre.[15]

In November 2013, Heyward announced on his website that he was in the process of recording a new album with his son, Oliver.[16] A preview of the album was made available on the site in October 2015.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Heyward married Glaswegian Marion Killen in 1987. They had two children, Oliver and Katie, before divorcing in 2000.[18] In 1998 he had a spiritual awakening [19] that he described as a feeling of complete contentment and a deep connection with nature.

After his divorce, he met model Beth Caterer and they spent many years together as partners, but did not marry. He split up with her in 2012 to be with his current American girlfriend, Sara Johnson.

Heyward currently lives in Stoke Row [20] and in February 2016 announced his engagement to his American girlfriend.[21]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Pelican West
(with Haircut 100)
2 31 29 12 BPI: Platinum[6]
North of a Miracle
  • Released: 14 October 1983
  • Label: Arista (NORTH1)
  • Format: LP, CS
10 BPI: Gold[24]
Postcards From Home
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Arista (610461)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
I Love You Avenue
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Reprise (925 758-1)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
From Monday to Sunday
  • Released: 7 December 1993
  • Label: Epic (EK 57755)
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Released: 9 October 1995
  • Label: Epic (4811732)
  • Format: CD
The Apple Bed
  • Released: 11 August 1998
  • Label: Creation (CRECD 210)
  • Format: CD
Open Sesame Seed
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Private release
  • Format: CD
The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Up the Ante
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Hot 100
Bubbling Under
Adult con.
1981 "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" 4 41 50[26] 32 BPI: Silver[6] Pelican West
(Haircut 100 album)
1982 "Love Plus One" 3 37 18 8 18 22 BPI: Gold[6]
"Fantastic Day" 9 29
"Nobody's Fool" 9
1983 "Whistle Down the Wind" 13 20 North of a Miracle
"Take That Situation" 11
"Blue Hat for a Blue Day" 14
"On a Sunday" 52
1984 "Love All Day" 31 Non-album single
"My Pure Lady" (Japan only)
"Warning Sign" 25
1985 "Laura" 45
1986 "Over the Weekend" 43 Postcards From Home
"Goodbye Yesterday" 82
1988 "You're My World" 67 I Love You Avenue
1989 "Tell Me Why"
1993 "Kite" 44 107 4 From Monday to Sunday
"He Doesn't Love You Like I Do" 58 55
1995 "The World" 47 Tangled
1996 "Rollerblade" 37
1997 "Today" The Apple Bed
"The Man You Used to Be"
1998 "Stars in Her Eyes"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 0-85112-072-5. 
  2. ^ Rice, Maureen (19 June 1985). "Love, Money and Perfect Pop" (jpg). Smash Hits. Flickr: EMAP. pp. 58–59. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Stand, Mike (4 February 1982). "Bitz" (jpg). Smash Hits. Flickr: EMAP. p. 11. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Ellen, Mark (29 April 1982). "The Boy Wonder" (jpg). Smash Hits. Vol. 4 no. 9. Flickr: EMAP. pp. 28, 31. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Haircut 100". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "British Phonographic Industry". 23 June 1982. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bitz: Cuts Up". Smash Hits. Vol. 5 no. 3. EMAP Metro. 3 February 1983. p. 13. 
  8. ^ Williams, Andrew (26 January 2011). "Facebook is the reason Haircut One Hundred are reuniting". Metro. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Tennant, Neil (31 March 1983). "Back to Square One". Smash Hits (jpg). Flickr: EMAP. p. 14. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nick Heyward". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Allmusic: Nick Heyward". Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nick Heyward". Billboard. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "The Apple Bed". Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper". Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "New album update". Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "New album preview". Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "BEYOND THE FRINGE; Oasis boss gives Haircut 100 star new lease of life". Daily Record. Glasgow. 13 February 1998. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Heyward, Nick (7 February 2016). "Clare Balding's Sunday Best with Nick Heyward". Good Morning Sunday (Interview). Interview with Clare Balding. London: BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Nick Heyward". Henley Life: 7. August 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Heyward, Nick (21 February 2016). "Gaby Roslin" (Interview). Interview with Gaby Roslin. London: BBC Radio London. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Sweden charts portal". Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "British Phonographic Industry". 24 November 1983. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "Nick Heyward". Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  26. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955 - 2002. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 297. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 

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