Chris Andrews To Whom It Concerns
Published at : 25 Dec 2020
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Chris Andrews (born Christopher Frederick Andrews, 15 October 1942, Romford, east London, United Kingdom) is a singer and successful songwriter, whose musical career started in the 1960s.Andrews, by his mid teens, had formed his own group, and was playing at Soho venues which included The 2i's Coffee Bar (pronounced two eyes) and Flamingo Nightclub.On 14 March 1959, he made his UK television debut, performing on the Oh, Boy! show. He would later return in April to perform a cover of Cliff Richard's, "Move It".Andrews wrote "The First Time" for Adam Faith (#5, 1963), and then a string of hits for Sandie Shaw. They included "Girl Don't Come" (#3, 1964/65), "I'll Stop at Nothing" (#4, 1965), "Message Understood" (#6, 1965) and "Long Live Love" (#1, 1965). The latter remained a chart topper in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks."Girl Don't Come" was covered by Cher on her debut album, All I Really Want to Do.Also in 1965, Andrews as a solo artist, got to #3 in the same listings with "Yesterday Man",which peaked in Germany at #1 for four weeks.;followed up with a #13 hit in the UK "To Whom It Concerns".The instrumental section of this song was used as the theme for RTÉ's long-running TV programme, The Late, Late Show, until 1999, and a re-arranged version returned as the show's theme music in September 2009.As well as obtaining a high placing in the UK chart with "Yesterday Man", it also climbed to #1 in Ireland and Germany. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.Later releases were not as successful, but his own hits are seen as early examples of reggae influenced white pop music. Although his chart appearances dwindled in the UK by 1966, his chart topping success continued in mainland Europe for a number of years, particularly in Germany, and Andrews often recorded in foreign languages.Today Andrews is still active in his career as a singer/songwriter, working primarily in mainland Europe as well as the United Kingdom.Currently he has homes both in London and Selm.