Pat and Mick

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Pat and Mick

Radio DJ’s, kings of the charity record in the late 80’s/early 90’s, what happened to Pat Sharp and Mick Brown next?

In 1975 London’s Capital Radio founded the Help a London Child (later renamed Help a Capital Child) to help disadvantaged young people with in the city, supporting children and young people affected by abuse, homelessness, disability, poverty and illness. The charity provides small grants to hundreds of local projects and groups located throughout London, who provide support and opportunities for these young people.

Capital DJ’s Mick Brown (born 1957) and Pat Sharp (born 1961) decided one way to raise money was through music and in 1988 they teamed up with hit songmakers Stock Aitken Waterman and recorded their version of the Michael Zager Band’s 1977 hit “Let’s All Chant”.

The song made it to No.11 on the UK singles chart, selling over 60,000 copies and raising awareness of the charity nationally. One year later they went back to the Hit Factory, this time to record Gonzalez’s 1979 hit “I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet” and, this time, reached No.9 on the UK singles chart!

And so every April, the pair graced the charts with a re-worked cover and ‘helped’ a London child, eventually raising over £500,000 in doing so! In 1990 they covered Odyssey’s 1980 hit “Use It Up And Wear It Out”. In 1991 it was Jimmy “Bo” Horne’s 1975 hit “Gimme Some”.

The following year they recorded Peaches & Herb’s 1978 classic “Shake Your Groove Thing” and in 1993 it was Arrow’s steamy 1983 hit “Hot, Hot, Hot”. The singles stopped coming after that, but what happened to Pat and Mick?

Alongside his Djing, Pat Sharp co-hosted ITV’s alternative to Top Of The Pops, The Roxy in 1987 and 1988 and hosted the children’s TV show Fun House for ten years from 1989. He won the Worst Haircut award at the Smash Hits Poll Winners party three years running (1987, 1988 and 1989)! He joined Heart FM in 1997 and Smooth Radio in 2010. In 2011 he appeared in the 11th series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!. He continues to DJ and also co-hosts many 80’s music festivals, most notably Let’s Rock.

Mick Brown left Capital FM in 2007, after 29 years with the station. He has also hosted a number of TV shows including Video And Chips, BMX Beat and Night Network.

In 2011 it was announced that Capital FM had raised a total of £1,586,340 that had been awarded to 431 charities and voluntary groups through all our London grants programmes, benefiting over 84,000 of the Capital’s disadvantaged and most vulnerable children and young people.

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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!