James William Somerville was born in Glasgow in June, 1961, and is considered one of the UK’s most successful male recording artists, known particularly for his falsetto singing voice.

In 1983, Jimmy co-founded the synth pop group Bronski Beat, which proceeded to have a number of hits in the British Charts. Their biggest hit was their debut single ‘Smalltown Boy’ which was Top 3, and had a very controversial video in which Somerville played the songs titular character leaving his hostile ‘straight’ hometown for the friendlier ‘gayer’ big city!

Jimmy left Bronski Beat in 1985 and formed The Communards with classically trained pianist Richard Coles (who is now a Church of England Vicar!). They had a number of hits, including a cover version of ‘Dont Leave Me This Way’, which spent 4 weeks at number 1 in the UK charts, and went on to become the biggest selling single of 1986.

The Communards split in 1988, and Somerville launched his solo career. He had several hits between 1989 and 1991, including a cover of the Sylvester disco classic ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ and ‘To Love Somebody’. Jimmy is still recording today, most recently releasing an album of acoustic interpretations of his favourite songs.


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