Paul Heaton is a singer, songwriter, and musician from England. He was in the bands The Housemartins and The Beautiful South. The Guardian called Heaton “one of our best songwriters: his music reveals an expert ear for a tune, his lyrics a keen eye and a brilliant wit.”
Real Name: Paul David Heaton
Birth Place: Bromborough, England
Date of Birth: May 9 1962
Age: 60 years old
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Hazel
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse Name: Linda Heaton
Kids: Yes (3)
Paul Heaton has an estimated net worth of about $4 million.
The band featured Ted Key on bass, Stan Cullimore on guitar, and Hugh Whitaker on drums. Soon afterwards, Key left the band and was replaced with Norman Cook. Their most famous hit was a cappella cover version of “Caravan of Love”. The second album saw Hugh Whitaker being replaced by Dave Hemingway on drums. Shortly afterwards, the Housemartins split up.
The Beautiful South
The band’s most significant success to date is the single “A Little Time”, which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 1990. The Beautiful South released two top singles, “You Keep It All In” and “Song for Whoever”. The first lineup consisted of Heaton, Dave Rotheray on lead guitar, Sean Welch on bass, David Stead on drums and Dave Hemingway, now in the role of joint lead singer and frontman.
His solo album Fat Chance peaked at number 95 for one week on the UK albums chart in 2001. Heaton soon rejoined the Beautiful South in 2002 till 2007. With 2007 disbanding of the Beautiful South, Heaton formed a new band, The Sound of Paul Heaton.
In 2001, Heaton released a solo album. He used the persona of Biscuit Boy (a.k.a. Crackerman).
The 8th is an anthology of songs based on the seven deadly sins, called The 8th. The original piece was performed by Wayne Gidden, Aaron Wright, King Creosote, Simon Aldred, Cherry Ghost, Jacqui Abbott, Yvonne Shelton, and Mike Greaves. It debuted in July 2011 at the Festival Pavilion Theatre in Manchester’s Albert Square.
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s What Have We Become? reached top 3 in the UK Albums Chart. Heaton and Abbott’s following two albums, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines and Crooked Calypso, reached the UK top 10. On November 11 2014, BBC Radio 2 broadcast a world premiere of “Real Hope”. It featured the Grimethorpe Colliery Band from the deluxe edition of What Have We Become?
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s The Last King Of Pop was released on November 16 2018. The album reached Number 10 on the Charts in the UK and was officially certified Gold on January 11 2019. It featured 23 songs Heaton wrote throughout his career in the Housemartins, The Beautiful South, and his collaboration with Jacqui Abbott.
Paul David Heaton was born on May 9, 1962, in Bromborough, Cheshire, to Doris and Horace Heaton. Mark Heaton and Adrian Heaton are Heaton’s two older brothers. His family moved to Sheffield when he was four years old. Heaton’s father took a job in management after moving to Sheffield, and Heaton described his childhood as “fairly middle class, although you wouldn’t know it given the schools I went to and the friends I had.”
Heaton grew up in Sheffield before moving to Chipstead, Surrey, during his adolescence, describing his childhood as “bred in Sheffield, fed in Surrey.” While living in Surrey, he and his brother Adrian formed their first band, “Tools Down,” with friends John Box and Stuart Mair. Heaton spent time hitchhiking around Europe after leaving Surrey before settling in Hull in 1983 and forming the Housemartins. Heaton also spent a year in Leeds.
Heaton’s primary interest throughout childhood was football, and he regularly attended Sheffield United games. Heaton competed in over 700 competitive games as a junior and amateur.
Heaton, his wife, and their three children live in Manchester.
On several occasions, Heaton has described the Beautiful South as having a heavy drinking culture. Many Beautiful South songs, including “I May Be Ugly,” Woman in the Wall,” “Liars’ Bar,” “Look What I Found in My Beer, “The Slide,” ” and “Old Red Eyes Is Back,” have references to alcohol-fueled violence. In December of 2011, Heaton bought the lease of The Kings Arms public house on Bloom Street in Salford, Greater Manchester. In December 2015, he sold the pub.
He is an avid collector with a diverse collection that includes football memorabilia, crisp packets, beer mats, postcards, and comic books.