Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Kevin Rowland

Kevin Rowland (1953) is a British singer and musician best known as the frontman for the pop band Dexys Midnight Runners (currently called Dexys).

The band had several hits in the early 1980s, the most notable being "Geno" and "Come On Eileen", both of which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Many of the group's songs were inspired by Rowland's Irish ancestry and were recognisable through Rowland's idiosyncratic vocal style.

Kevin Rowland & Madeleine Hyland

When Dexys disbanded in 1987, Rowland recorded a solo album, The Wanderer, which, together with its three singles, was a commercial failure. His next release was not until 1999 when he recorded a collection of interpretations of classic songs called My Beauty, a record mocked by the music press at the time for the choice of songs, Rowland’s earnest delivery and, above all else, the fact he chose to wear stockings and a pearl necklace for the cover image.

Before his music career, Rowland worked as a hairdresser.

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