Neil Tennant

  • 10 July 1954
  • English singer, songwriter and music journalist
  • He attended St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Grammar School in Newcastle and learned to play guitar and cello.
  • He was singer and guitarist in a local “hippie folk band” called Dust.
  • After college he entered the field of journalism and for a time he worked for the U.K. branch of Marvel Comics, where it was his job to Anglicise the spellings and insert adverts. 
  • He later became an assistant editor for the pop-music magazine Smash Hits.
  • Our mystery guest met  Chris Lowe in an electronic shop in  Chelsea in 1981. Sharing the same interest in music, the two began working together writing songs. 
  • They initially performed as West End before becoming  The Pet Shop Boys.
  • Whilst still working for Smash Hits and visiting New York to Interview Sting, he and Chris got the chance to record two of the songs they had written: “West End Girls,”  and “Opportunities,”
  • His group has sold over 50 million records worldwide – and The Guinness Books of Records list them as the most successful duo in UK music history.
  • The Pet Shop Boys have released 14 studio albums, five live albums, seven compilation albums, and over seventy singles.
  • He is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Along with Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, he sang backing vocals on the Robbie Williams’ single “No Regrets”.
  • He worked with Electronic, singing backing vocals on their first single “Getting Away with It” and taking lead vocals on the 1992 single “Disappointed”
  • His band won the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2009 Brit Awards.
  • His hits include: “West End Girls”, “Go West”, “Always on My Mind” and “It’s a Sin”

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