Simon Climie

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Simon Climie
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Simon Climie (right) with Rob Fisher at the Montreux Pop Festival in Switzerland 1988.
Background information
Birth nameSimon Crispin Climie[1]
Born7 April 1957 (1957-04-07) (age 62)
Fulham, London, England
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active1987–present
LabelsEMI, Columbia
Associated actsClimie Fisher, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, TDF, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Chris Medina, Larry Mullen, Jr. of U2
WebsiteSimon Climie Songs

Simon Climie (born 7 April 1957[2]) is an English songwriter/producer and the former lead singer of the UK duo Climie Fisher.

Biography[edit]

Climie was born in London. He formed Climie Fisher together with Rob Fisher, whom he had met when they were both session musicians at Abbey Road Studios.[3] Climie Fisher had hits in many territories, with the singles "Love Changes (Everything)", which won an Ivor Novello Award,[4][5] "Rise to the Occasion", "This Is Me" and more.

After leaving EMI and the final Climie Fisher album Coming in for the Kill, Climie signed to Sony's Columbia label as a solo artist, releasing an album called Soul Inspiration in 1992.[6]

From the mid-90s Climie expanded to production, producing and writing songs for a number of artists, including Eternal, Louise Redknapp, B.B. King, Michael McDonald and Zucchero Fornaciari.

In Climie's first couple of years as a songwriter, he had songs recorded by George Michael and Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Smokey Robinson and Jeff Beck. Then, on the fringes of session work, he did the Fairlight programming for Scritti Politti's legendary album Cupid & Psyche.[citation needed]

Climie collaborated with Eric Clapton on his albums Pilgrim, Reptile, Riding with the King, Me And Mr Johnson, Back Home and The Road to Escondido.

During this time he produced albums for other artists, including Michael McDonald's Motown, Motown II and Soul Speak. The latter featured collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Toni Braxton, while the Grammy-nominated Motown spawned the US hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

In 2011 success continued with Climie's songs. Sara Evans was in the American country music charts for more than six months with "My Heart Can't Tell You No", and Chris Medina – who had already reached number one in a number of territories round the world with his first single – collaborated with Climie on his second single, "One More Time", and several songs on the album What Are Words.

Together with U2 member Larry Mullen, Jr., Climie has co-written the movie score and theme for Man on the Train (2011 TriBeCa Productions film) in which Larry stars with Donald Sutherland.[7]

In 2013, he worked on production and mixing of Eric Clapton's album Old Sock,[8] which shot to number one in the American Billboard Independent Chart in March 2013 [9] after hitting number seven in the Billboard 200 [10] In 2014 Climie was co-producer again with Eric Clapton of the album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, a tribute to Clapton's long time friend, the late singer/songwriter J.J. Cale.

In 2016, Climie was the co-producer with Clapton on the album Live in San Diego which was recorded during the "Doyle & Derek World Tour" in 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Climie is the son of David Climie, co-writer of the 1960s and 1970s television comedy series, Oh, Brother!, which starred Derek Nimmo.[11] as well as Lulu's Back in Town (see Lulu), the comedy series Bootsie and Snudge, Backs to the Land, Wodehouse Playhouse, That Was The Week That Was, The Army Game, the sci-fi series Out of the Unknown, the radio version of Whack-O! and the comedy film Desert Mice.

Discography[edit]

Includes songs and albums Climie has written, performed and/or produced.

Albums[edit]

  • Everything (as part of Climie Fisher - 1988)
  • Coming In for the Kill (as part of Climie Fisher - 1989)
  • Soul Inspiration (solo - 1992) – (Soul Inspiration / Does Your Heart Still Break / Love in the Right Hands / Dream With Me / Oh How The Years Go By / Don’t Give Up So Easy / Spell / Don’t Waste Time (Make Your Move) / Losing You / Life Goes On)
  • Retail Therapy - T.D.F. (Production & Writing)
  • Pilgrim – Eric Clapton (1998, Production & Writing)
  • Riding with the King – BB King & Eric Clapton (2000, Production)
  • Motown I - Michael McDonald - (Production)
  • Reptile – Eric Clapton (2001, Production & Writing)
  • One More Car, One More Rider – Eric Clapton (2002, Production & Writing)
  • Motown II - Michael McDonald - (Production)
  • Me and Mr. Johnson – Eric Clapton (2004, Production)
  • Back Home – Eric Clapton (2005, Production & Writing)
  • Soul Speak - Michael McDonald (Production & Writing)
  • Lara Fabian - TLFM
  • Chris Medina - What Are Words
  • Live in San Diego – Eric Clapton (2016, Production)

Singles[edit]

T.D.F.[edit]

T.D.F. was a dance act project featuring Climie and Eric Clapton, with Clapton working under the name of x-sample. "TDF" is an acronym for Totally Dysfunctional Family.[12] The project released one album called Retail Therapy on the Reprise record label. The title supposedly alludes to Clapton's "addiction" to buying clothes.[13] Eric Clapton states in his autobiography that he persuaded Giorgio Armani, a friend of Clapton's, to let them do the music for one of his fashion shows.[14] The track "Seven" from the album contains a sample of B. B. King's "How Blue Can You Get".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title and details Notes
Retail Therapy
  • Type: Album
  • Record label: Reprise
  • Released: 11 Mar 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr Simon Crispin Climie company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  2. ^ Freebmd: Search birth records
  3. ^ Sutton, Michael. "Biography of Climie Fisher". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  4. ^ Lister, David (28 May 1994). "Pop Ballads Bite Back". The Independent Newspaper. London: The Independent Newspaper.
  5. ^ Climie, Simon. "Simon Climie Pocket Bio" (PDF). Simon Climie Songs.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 111. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Climie, Simon. "Biography". Si-Bio. Simon Climie Songs. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Eric Clapton: Old Sock - exclusive album stream". London: Daily Telegraph. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Billboard Independent Albums Chart". Old Sock. Billboard Chart. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Oh, Brother!". IMDb.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  12. ^ Where's Eric - The Eric Clapton Fan Club Magazine Archived 17 July 2012 at Archive.today
  13. ^ "ALAN DOUGLAS: Recording With Eric Clapton". soundonsound.com. Sound On Sound Magazine. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  14. ^ Wald, Elijah. "Eric Clapton: The Autobiography: Eric Clapton: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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