Paddy McAloon

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Paddy McAloon (born Patrick Joseph McAloon, 7 June 1957, Durham) is an English singer-songwriter and member of the band Prefab Sprout. Allmusic describes him as "one of the most underrated lyricists of the '80s".

Career

Prefab Sprout enjoyed considerable success in the 1980s and early 1990s. They peaked commercially with a Top Ten hit single in the UK Singles Chart, with "The King of Rock 'N' Roll".

McAloon has also written songs that have been recorded by Kylie Minogue ("If You Don't Love Me"), Cher ("The Gunman"), Wendy Matthews ("God Watch Over You" and "Ride"), Sondre Lerche ("Nightingales"), Danny Seward ("Home (Where The Heart Is)") and various songs for Jimmy Nail as well as his own band. "God Watch Over You" has also been covered by Frances Ruffelle, and "When Love Breaks Down" has been covered by both The Zombies and Lisa Stansfield. In 2008, the various artists covers album Independents' Day 08 included a version of "Bonny" performed by McAloon's labelmates Editors.

In recent years, McAloon was diagnosed with a progressive medical disorder that affects his retina and impairs his vision. He has also been diagnosed with Ménière's disease, an inner ear condition.

McAloon released the spoken word/instrumental album, I Trawl The Megahertz (UK #167), under his own name in 2003, on the EMI...
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