Tim Kellett

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Tim Kellett
Born (1964-07-23) 23 July 1964 (age 56)
OriginKnaresborough, Yorkshire, England
InstrumentsTrumpet, keyboards
Years active1984–present
Associated actsThe Durutti Column, Simply Red, Olive

Tim Kellett (born 23 July 1964 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer.


Kellett has worked in the British music industry for the past twenty five years. His professional career began in 1984, when he joined the British post-punk band the Durutti Column as trumpeter, but he left in 1985[citation needed] to join Simply Red where he also played keyboards and performed backing vocals live. According to MTV he joined Simply Red earlier in 1981.[1] They had a No.2 UK / No.1 US hit in 1986 with "Holding Back The Years". Kellett left the band in 1991.[2][1] In 1994, Kellett formed Olive with Robin Taylor-Firth, also of Nightmares on Wax. Olive had a No.1 UK hit in May 1997 with "You're Not Alone" before going on hiatus in 2001.

Kellett also had success in writing songs for the Lighthouse Family and, more recently, James Morrison and Matthew Ward[citation needed]. Other collaborations include Nate James, Ella Chi, Emma Bunton, Gareth Gates, Girls Aloud, Christophe William and Taio Cruz. The latter wrote and produced with Kellett on the track "Never Gonna Get Us" for Cruz's 2008 Departure album.


The Durutti Column[edit]

  • Without Mercy (1984)
  • Circuses and Bread (1986)

Simply Red[edit]


James Morrison[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Olive: Like an Extra Virgin". MTV. 25 September 1997. Retrieved 17 August 2006.
  2. ^ Jung, Fred. "A Fireside Chat with Olive". Jazz Weekly. Retrieved 17 August 2006.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll – 3rd Edition
  • The 1000 UK Number One Hits

External links[edit]