Chiswick, London, England, UK
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Songs - Kids in America; You Keep Me Hangin' On
Hi-NRG, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Electronic, Dance-Pop, New Wave, Punk/New Wave, Euro-Pop, Club/Dance
Party/Celebratory, Stylish, Sexy, Campy, Exuberant, Playful, Energetic, Carefree, Happy, Fun
Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith; 18 November 1960) is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single "Kids in America", which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female solo artist. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with her version of the Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which also went on to be a major US hit, topping the charts there in 1987. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart. Her other hits include "Chequered Love" (1981), "You Came" (1988) and "Never Trust a Stranger" (1988). In 2003, she collaborated with Nena on the song "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime", which topped the Dutch charts.
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Singer, songwriter, author, television presenter, DJ, landscape gardener
St. Albans College
Marty Wilde (birth name Reginald Smith)
Oakfield Preparatory School, Presdales School in Ware
Marty Wilde Jr.
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Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith, 18 November 1960) is an English pop singer, author and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with the number 2 UK Singles Chart New Wave classic "Kids in America". In 1983, Wilde received the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 1987 she had a major hit in the US when her version of The Supremes' classic "You Keep Me Hangin' On" topped the charts. Starting in 1998, while still active in music, she has branched into an alternative career as a landscape gardener.
The eldest child of 1950s rock 'n' roller Marty Wilde (birth name Reginald Smith) and Joyce Baker, who was earlier a member of the singing and dancing group The Vernons Girls, Kim Smith was born in the West London suburb of Chiswick and attended Oakfield Preparatory School, in the Southeast London area of Dulwich. When she was nine, the family moved to Hertfordshire, where she was educated at Tewin and later Presdales School in Ware. In 1980, at age 20, she completed a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design and, as Kim Wilde, was signed to RAK Records by Mickie Most.
New wave, Hi-NRG
MCA Records, Emi, Columbia SevenOne Music, Coppenrath, Wildeflower Records, 10 Records, Edel, Warner Strategic Marketing
Mel Smith, Nena Kerner (aka Nena), Major Boys
O2, EMI Music France
Capitol Music , Universal Music, Not On Label, Zouk Recordings
Fibes, Oh Fibes!, Reflekt, British Electric Foundation, Lawnmower Deth , Ricky Wilde
RAK, MCA, EMI, Columbia SevenOne
new wave (early 1980s)
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