Saturday, April 18, 2015
Kirsty Anna MacColl
Kirsty Anna MacColl (1959 –2000) was an English singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded several pop hits between the early 1980s and the 1990s. She came to notice when Chiswick Records released an EP by local punk rock band the Drug Addix with MacColl on backing vocals under the pseudonym Mandy Doubt (1978). Stiff Records executives were not impressed with the band, but liked her and subsequently signed her to a solo deal.
Her debut solo single "They Don't Know", released in 1979, peaked at number two on the Music Week airplay chart. However, a distributors' strike prevented copies of the single getting into record stores, and the single consequently failed to appear on the UK Singles Chart.
MacColl featured regularly in the third series of the French and Saunders Show, a comedy show on the BBC.
She also sang on hit recordings produced by her then-husband Steve Lillywhite, notably on tracks by The Smiths and "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. MacColl was killed by a power boat while swimming with her children at Cozumel, Mexico. The boat involved in the accident was owned by Mexican supermarket millionaire Guillermo González Nova, who found a willing employee to take the blame for him.
She was the daughter of songwriter Ewan MacColl.