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Dave Wakeling

Dave Wakeling (born David Wakeling, 19 February 1956, Birmingham, England) is an English rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is most famous for singing and writing songs for the 1980s 2-Tone band The Beat (known in the U.S. as the English Beat) and also General Public. The first album by The Beat, I Just Can't Stop It, was a hit and singles from this album included "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Hands Off She's Mine" and "Can't Get Used To Losing You" which all entered the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. They also had UK hits from the albums Wha'ppen? and Special Beat Service. In 1983 The Beat disbanded, citing, "every great band only has three really good albums". Wakeling then formed General Public with Ranking Roger in 1984 and they released their debut album, All the Rage. He would go on to record another two albums with General Public, Hand To Mouth (1986) and Rub It Better (1995), shortly after which the act would disband. He then produced the soundtrack for the John Hughes film She's Having a Baby (1988), in which he also recorded the title track. Wakeling released a solo album, No Warning, on I.R.S. Records in 1991 and has lived in California for a number of years. He

Wakeling Up

Wakeling Up

The 54-year-old resurfaced at a concert in Seattle recently, looking fun.In 2004, VH1's "Bands Reunited" tried unsuccessfully to unite the original members of The English Beat.Recently, Wakeling… READ MORE >

English Beat Singer Dave Wakeling: 'Memba Him?

English Beat Singer Dave Wakeling: 'Memba Him?

In the '80s, Dave Wakeling (right) became famous as the lead singer of new wave bands The English Beat and General Public with songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness." Guess what he… READ MORE >

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