Alan Hull

Alan Hull

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Alan Hull

Img_capt = Alan Hull on stage with Lindisfarne in 1991
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = James Alan Hull
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Born = birth date|1945|2|20
Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Died = death date and age|1995|11|17|1945|2|20
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Instrument = Vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
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Genre = Folk rock
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Associated_acts = Lindisfarne
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Alan Hull (James Alan Hull, 20 February 1945, Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 17 November 1995) was an English singer-songwriter and founding member of the Tyneside folk rock band, Lindisfarne.


Hull took up the guitar as a boy and became a member of the band The Chosen Few alongside keyboard player (and future Ian Dury colleague) Mickey Gallagher in 1962. He supported himself one year by working as a nurse at a mental hospital while appearing as a folk singer and guitarist in local clubs before helping to form Brethren and Downtown Faction, which evolved into Lindisfarne in 1970. He also released a one-off solo single, 'We Can Swing Together', which was re-recorded with the group on their first album, 'Nicely Out of Tune', and became a regular favourite in their stage performances.

As the most prolific songwriter and joint lead vocalist, Hull came to be regarded as the de facto leader of the group. After dissatisfaction with the sound and critical reception of their third album 'Dingly Dell' in 1972 he considered leaving the group, before he and joint lead vocalist Lindsay Raymond Jackson formed a new six-piece Lindisfarne the following year, leaving the three other original members to form Jack The Lad. He also released a first solo album 'Pipedream' the same year, and published a book of poems, 'Mocking Horse'.

Lindisfarne disbanded in 1975 and he released a second solo album 'Squire', then formed the shortlived Radiator, which also included drummer Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne and Jack the Lad. At the end of 1977 the original line-up of Lindisfarne reformed after a well received Christmas show at the Newcastle City Hall which was broadcast on local radio. Thereafter he combined his musical career as front man of the group with a solo career. He was also a staunch Labour Party activist.

In 1994, he recorded " Back to Basics", a live all-acoustic survey of the best of his songwriting from 1970 onwards. On 17 November 1995 while working on a new album, "Statues & Liberties", Hull died suddenly of a heart thrombosis.

His most famous songs include Lady Eleanor, Fog on the Tyne, and Run for Home.

olo discography


* "We Can Swing Together" / "Obadiah's Grave" (1970)
* "Numbers" / "Drinking Song" / "One Off Pat" (1973)
* "Justanothersadsong" / "Waiting" (1973)
* "Dan The Plan" / "One More Bottle Of Wine" (1975)
* "One More Bottle Of Wine" / "Squire" (1975)
* "Crazy Woman" / "Golden Oldies" (1975)
* "I Wish You Well" / "Love Is The Answer" (1979)
* "A Walk In The Sea" / "Corporation Rock" (1979)
* "Malvinas Melody" / "Ode To A Taxman" (1983)


* "Pipedream" (1973) UK No. 29
* " Squire" (1975)
* " Phantoms" (1979)
* "On The Other Side" (1983)
* "Another Little Adventure" (1988)
* " Back to Basics" (1994)
* "Statues & Liberties" (1996)
* "When War Is Over" (1998)
* "We Can Swing Together - Anthology" (2005)

External links

* [ Lindisfarne's Website]

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