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Chris Difford

Chris Difford - Squeeze
Los Angeles, December 1987
Background information
Birth name Christopher Henry Difford
Born 4 November 1954 (1954-11-04) (age 55)
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Associated acts Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook
Website chrisdifford.com


Chris Difford (born Christopher Henry Difford, 4 November 1954, Greenwich, London[1]) is a singer, songwriter and record producer.

He has written lyrics for almost 30 years, most notably in partnership with Glenn Tilbrook. The two were primary members in Squeeze and Difford & Tilbrook. Some of their best-known songs are "Tempted", "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)", "Black Coffee in Bed", "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction" and "Annie Get Your Gun".

Chris Difford performing at London's Royal Albert Hall, October 2009, in aid of the PRS (Performing Right Society) for Music Members' Benevolent Fund.

Difford has also written lyrics for music by Jools Holland, Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow and others. In 2004, Lisa Stansfield released the Trevor Horn produced single, "If I Hadn't Got You", co-written by Difford with Chris Braide, which became a hit in Europe.

In addition to his work with Squeeze, he has released three solo albums:

  • I Didn't Get Where I Am, 2003
  • South East Side Story, 2007 [2], a bonus disk included with the DVD recording of Squeeze's greatest hits, included Difford singing acoustic versions of his favourite Squeeze tracks[3]
  • The Last Temptation of Chris, 2008[4]

In 2008 he also wrote the lyrics to 'Let's Not Fight this Christmas', a song performed by Difford and The One Show team, in a bid to get a Christmas Number 1. The song hasn't made it into the top 100 UK Singles Chart as yet.

In January 2010 Difford announced from the stage of the 'Half Moon', Putney, that he would be renting a villa in Italy this coming summer with Glenn Tilbrook - to write songs together for the first time in over ten years.

References

  1. ^ Discogs.com
  2. ^ London, Larry (19 March 2007). "Former Squeeze Lyricist Releases New CD". VOA News (Voice of America). http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2007-03/2007-03-19-voa38.cfm. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Yahoo.com
  4. ^ Allmusic.com

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