Mick Hucknall is a singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer of the hugely successful British band Simply Red. The band have all-time worldwide sales of over 50 million and 30 top 40 UK hits to their credit in addition to having played over a 1,000 concerts to more than 10 million people. Born in Denton in 1960, his interest in the music scene led to the launch of his career in the late 1970s, when he was part of the formation of the band, the Frantic Elevators. The Frantic Elevators released four singles, including a version of Holding Back the Years, which Mick later recorded with Simply Red. Hucknall is also one of the founders of the successful reggae label Blood and Fire and also manages the record label simplyred.com. On 19 May 2008 Hucknall released his first solo album Tribute to Bobby, a tribute to the blues musician Bobby Bland. In 2009 Simply Red split up and in October that year, Mick appeared at a charity performance as vocalist for a reformed version of Faces, replacing Rod Stewart.