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


This article is from 2012.



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.

This article is from 2012.


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