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Carl Wayne

Carl Wayne, the lead singer of influential 1960s pop group The Move, has died aged 61. As lead singer with The Move, he had hits with songs such as “Flowers in the Rain” and “I Can Hear the Grass Grow”. He died peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 31st 2004.

Carl was born on 18 August 1943 in Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus but the illness had not interfered with his session recording or concert tours with The Hollies. An exceptional stage performer and vocalist, Carl was The Move's front man and spokesman during their most dynamic and controversial years. Their live shows, while musically thrilling and accomplished, have been remembered for Carl's frenzied demolitions of televisions, instruments and stages with an axe. Once, after chain-sawing a Cadillac to pieces during “Fire Brigade”, Soho was jammed with fire engines. Away from the controversy and violence, The Move scored top ten success in the UK and European charts with Roy Wood's classic songs and performed with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, The Pink Floyd and many more. Shazam, Carl's final album with The Move, was described as "a masterpiece" by Rolling Stone magazine and contained one of his finest vocal performances on the Wood-penned Beautiful Daughter.

After leaving The Move, Carl worked extensively in theatre, television, film and cabaret. For many years, he was one of the top singers in advertising, recording hundreds of jingles and voice-overs for radio and television throughout the world.

Carl's long and varied career included collaborations with Roy Wood, Louis Clark, Jeff Lynne & ELO, Big Jim Sullivan, Magnum, Heads, Hands & Feet, Don Paul, Lynsey De Paul, Jim Davidson, Stephanie Lawrence, Alla Pugatchova, Paul Jones and many, many more.

A great supporter of Leukaemia Research, he ran marathons and competed in triathlons all around the world to raise money.


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