Chesney Hawkes

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Chesney Hawkes

He IS the only and only, Mr. Chesney Hawkes!

by Christopher Smith

…and you can’t take that away from him! Yes, Chesney Hawkes, mister one hit wonder himself. Back in 1991 he topped the UK singles chart for five weeks and broke the top ten in the US, and was tipped as the next big thing! So what happened? And where did he go?

Chesney was born in Berkshire, England in 1971. His father is Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes who joined the band The Tremeloes in 1966 and played on their biggest and best known hits including “Silence Is Golden” and “Here Comes My Baby”. His mother Carol was briefly an actress, appearing in an episode of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) and the film ‘The Haunted House Of Horror’ (1969). Chesney made his name straight away playing the lead role of Buddy Clark in the film ‘Buddy’s Song’. filmed during 1990 and released in March 1991. The film co-starred Roger Daltry of The Who and proved a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

From it came the main theme “The Only And Only”, written by 80’s heart-throb Nik Kershaw. The song stormed to the top of the UK singles chart and spent a total of five weeks there, becoming the seventh biggest seller of the year. It also made the top ten around the world including America, where it was so successful it was later used in the films ‘Doc Hollywood’ (1991) and ‘Moon’ (2009). Two further tracks were lifted from the soundtrack and released as singles “I’m A Man Not A Boy” and “Secrets Of The Heart”, neither made the impact of “The One And Only”, with only “I’m A Man” making the top 40 in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden.

After a well earned break, Chesney returned in 1993 with his debut album proper, “Get The Picture”, which included the single “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”. Neither performed very well at all, with the single peaking at No.63 in the UK and the album sinking without trace. Chesney pretty much disappeared out of sight soon after, only making a brief appearance in the 1997 film ‘Prince Valiant’.

He released the single “Stay Away Baby Jane” with Adam Schlesinger of the Fountains of Wayne in 2002 but, again, it sank without trace. In 2005 he turned up on the third series of the short-lived British TV show The Games (2003-06), based on a small scale olympic style sports event. Chesney would go on to win the Bronze medal in his series. Later that year he appeared on the TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time and released a new single “Another Fine Mess” which made No.48 in the UK, his highest chart position since “I’m A Man Not A Boy” fourteen years earlier.

Since then he has released two further albums, “Me, My Mouse And I” (2009) and “Real Life Love” (2012). He is married to Kristina and the couple have three children.

Chesney will be performing on May 31st on A Weekend with Chesney Hawkes in Leicestershire, England hosted by the Back to the 80’s & 90’s Festival. For more information and tickets click here.

Chesney Hawes 2019

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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