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Chris Difford
British musician

Chris Difford

Chris Difford
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Intro British musician
Is Lyricist Songwriter Record producer Singer
From United Kingdom
Field Business Music
Gender male
Birth 4 November 1954, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Age 68 years
Star sign Scorpio
New wave
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Christopher Henry Difford (born 4 November 1954) is an English singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is a founding member and songwriter of the British group Squeeze.

Musical career

Born in Greenwich, London, Difford has written lyrics for over 40 years, most notably in partnership with Glenn Tilbrook. The two were primary members in Squeeze and Difford & Tilbrook. According to Difford, he stole 50p from his mother's purse to put a card in a local sweetshop window advertising for a guitarist to join his band, although he did not have one at the time. Tilbrook was the only person who responded to the advert and they met for the first time shortly afterwards. Some of their best-known songs are "Tempted", "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)", "Black Coffee in Bed", "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction" and "Annie Get Your Gun".

Chris Difford performing at London's Royal Albert Hall, October 2009, in aid of the PRS (Performing Right Society) for Music Members' Benevolent Fund.

After the break-up of Squeeze in 1983 Difford continued writing songs for artists such as Jools Holland, Helen Shapiro, Billy Bremner and Elvis Costello. He has also written lyrics for music by Jools Holland, Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow and others. He was involved with Tilbrook and John Turner in the creation of a musical, Labelled with Love, which was created using the songs of Squeeze. The 1983 musical performed in Deptford was short-lived. In 1984 the pair released the album Difford and Tilbrook and had a minor hit in the UK with Love's Crashing Waves which reached 57 in the UK charts. In 1985 Squeeze reunited, having hits in the US with Babylon and On, "Hourglass" and "853-5937". Difford left the group in 1999 launching a solo career in 2003 with his album I Didn't Get Where I Am. Difford was also manager of Bryan Ferry and The Strypes. Squeeze reunited again in 2007, and Difford maintains a concurrent solo career alongside his work with the band.

In March 2010, Difford curated Songs in the Key of London, an evening of music dedicated to the capital at the Barbican Centre, London.

In 2017 Chris published his autobiography 'Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze'

Personal life

Difford was raised in Greenwich. He lived in New York with his first wife and their two children. He then lived in Rye, Sussex, with the mother of his two youngest children. Currently, he lives just outside Brighton, Sussex with his wife, Louise, whom he married in April 2013.

Solo discography

  • I Didn't Get Where I Am, 2003
  • South East Side Story, 2007
  • The Last Temptation of Chris, 2008
  • Cashmere if You Can, 2011, (SMMC Media SMMC1)
  • Chris To... The Mill, 2017 (compilation)
  • Pants, 2018
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 18 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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