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Marillion – The Artist
Marillion are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s. Marillion’s recorded studio output since 1982 is composed of eighteen albums, generally regarded in two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original lead singer Fish in late 1988 and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth in early 1989. The band achieved eight Top Ten UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a number one album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood, and during the period the band were fronted by Fish they had eleven Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart. They are best known for the 1985 singles “Kayleigh” and “Lavender”.
Kayleigh – The Song
Kayleigh is a song by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. It was released as the first single from the concept album Misplaced Childhood. It was the band’s most successful single in the UK, where it peaked at number-two and stayed on the chart for a total of 14 weeks. It also became the band’s most successful single worldwide. The song popularised the name Kayleigh in the UK. Kayleigh has been characterised as a “tremulous torch song”. Fish, the band’s lead singer and lyricist, said that writing the lyrics was “his way of apologizing to some of the women he had dated in the past.” Although he had at one point dated a woman whose forenames were Kay Lee, the song was more a composite of several different women with whom he had had relationships.
The Fish – The Shape
Derek William Dick (1958), better known by his stage name Fish, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and occasional actor. Fish became widely known as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988. He released 11 UK Top 40 singles with the band, including the Top Ten singles Kayleigh, “Lavender” and “Incommunicado”, and five Top Ten albums, including a number-one with Misplaced Childhood. In his solo career, Fish has explored contemporary pop and traditional folk, and released a further five Top 40 singles and a Top Ten album.
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