Suggs' singing revelation

Madness vocalist Suggs says it was a "revelation" that he could sing, as he never thought he would end up fronting a band

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This article is from 2012.

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Madness vocalist Suggs says it was a "revelation" that he could sing.

The 'House of Fun' band were formed in London in 1976 by a group of friends, but their singer was never picked to front the group because of his vocal abilities.

He told the Yorkshire Post newspaper: "I never considered that I could be a singer, but I remember me and some mates went to watch 'American Graffiti' and when I came out my head was spinning.

"We started talking about starting a band and someone suggested I could be the singer. I was quite a charismatic kid and when I found out that I could actually sing it was a bit of a revelation."

Suggs - born Graham McPherson - also explained how he got his name from a book on Jazz musicians.

He added: "I was looking though one of my mum's books about jazz musicians and I took a pin, closed my eyes, and stuck it into a page at random and it landed on the name Peter. That didn't sound very interesting but I looked at the second name 'Suggs' and that sounded a bit different and it's stuck ever since."

Suggs is currently on tour with his solo show, My Life Story in Words and Music, across the UK now.

Madness

Ska-tinged pop classic after classic on the Nutty Boys' latest tour.

Best Western Plus Hardwick Hall Hotel, Durham

Fri 18 Aug

£49.50 (Children £8.80)

Clapham Common, London SW4

Mon 28 Aug

£39.38 (Children free)

Falkirk Stadium

Fri 4 Aug

£42.90–£60.50 / 01324 618740

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