Paul Heaton was born 9th May 1962 and is from Cheshire, England. He is best known for being in the successful ‘90s band The Beautiful South as well as ‘80s outfit the Housemartins. The Housemartins featured Paul Heaton, Stan Cullimore on guitar, Ted Key on bass and Hugh Whitaker on drums.
Like cult group The Smiths, The Housemartins had some success and enjoyed cult status for some time. They had success with the single “Happy Hour” and the song was hailed as the ‘Hip Clip’ of The Week on MTV at the time.
Paul Heaton’s next adventure would come in the shape of pop and country band The Beautiful South which consisted of Sean Welch (bass), Dave Stead (drums) and Dave Rotheray (guitar) and a succession of female vocalists - Briana Corrigan, Jacqui Abbott and Alison Wheeler.
The band had relative success in the US but was more popular in the UK, achieving several number one albums and lasted almost two decades until they disbanded in 2007.
Post The Beautiful South and Housemartins, came Heaton’s solo work in the form of Biscuit Boy (known as Crackerman). His debut album Fat Chance was not a success and he went on to create the band “The Sound of Paul Heaton”.
His second album The Cross Eyed Rambler (2008) reached #43 in the UK Album Chart and he performed at Glastonbury 2010. After bringing out his third solo album Acid Country, he went on to support Madness on tour in December 2010.