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SIMON CLIMIE

Above: Simon Climie (right) with Rob Fisher at the Montreux Pop Festival in Switzerland 1988

Simon Climie

Birth name Simon Crispin Climie
Born 7 April 1957
Fulham, London, England
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, vocals

Simon Climie (born 7 April 1957) is an English songwriter/producer and the former lead singer of the UK duo Climie Fisher.

Climie was born in London. He formed Climie Fisher together with Rob Fisher, whom he had met when they were both session musicians at Abbey Road Studios. Climie Fisher had hits in more than 35 territories – and number ones in some – with “Love Changes (Everything)”, which won an Ivor Novello Award, “Rise to the Occasion”, “This Is Me” and many other songs.

After leaving EMI and the final Climie Fisher album Coming in for the Kill, Climie signed to Sony’s Columbia label as a solo artist, releasing an album called Soul Inspiration in 1992.

From the mid-90s Climie expanded to production, producing and writing songs for a number of artists, including Eternal, Louise Redknapp, B.B. King, Michael McDonald and Zucchero Fornaciari.

In Climie’s first couple of years as a songwriter, he had songs recorded by George Michael and Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Smokey Robinson and Jeff Beck, which established him as a world-class international talent. Then, on the fringes of session work, he did the Fairlight programming for Scritti Politti’s legendary album Cupid & Psyche.

George Michael and Aretha Franklin’s single “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” reached number one worldwide, including in the UK Singles Chart and on the US Billboard Hot 100. Following this, Climie continued to have success with his songs, including “You’re Not Alone”, which featured on Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion, which sold more than five million copies worldwide – the biggest-selling Christian album of all time.

Climie is also known for his Grammy Award-winning work as a collaborator with Eric Clapton on many Platinum albums, including Pilgrim, Reptile, Riding with the King, Me And Mr Johnson, Back Home and The Road to Escondido.

During this time he produced Platinum albums for other artists, including Michael McDonald’s renowned Motown, Motown II and Soul Speak. The latter featured collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Toni Braxton, while the Grammy-nominated Motown spawned the huge US hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

In 2013, he worked on production and mixing of Eric Clapton’s album Old Sock, which shot to number one in the American Billboard Independent Chart in March 2013 after hitting number seven in the Billboard 200 In 2014 Climie was co-producer with Clapton of the album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, a tribute to Clapton’s long time friend, the late singer/songwriter J.J. Cale; a project on which Mark Knopfler, Don White, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, and many others made significant contributions.

In 2016, Climie was the co-producer with Clapton on the album Live in San Diego which was recorded during the “Doyle & Derek World Tour” in 2007.

Personal life

Climie is the son of David Climie, co-writer of the popular 1960s and 1970s television comedy series, Oh, Brother!, which starred Derek Nimmo. as well as Lulu’s Back in Town (see Lulu), the comedy series Bootsie and Snudge, Backs to the Land, Wodehouse Playhouse, That Was The Week That Was, The Army Game, the sci-fi series Out of the Unknown, the radio version of Whack-O! and the comedy film Desert Mice. (See David Climie in IMDB)

Discography

Includes songs and albums Climie has written, performed and/or produced.

Albums

Everything (as part of Climie Fisher – 1988)
Coming In for the Kill (as part of Climie Fisher – 1989)
Soul Inspiration (solo – 1992) – (Soul Inspiration / Does Your Heart Still Break / Love in the Right Hands / Dream With Me / Oh How The Years Go By / Don’t Give Up So Easy / Spell / Don’t Waste Time (Make Your Move) / Losing You / Life Goes On)
Retail Therapy – T.D.F. (Production & Writing)
Pilgrim – Eric Clapton (1998, Production & Writing)
Riding with the King – BB King & Eric Clapton (2000, Production)
Motown I – Michael McDonald – (Production)
Reptile – Eric Clapton (2001, Production & Writing)
One More Car, One More Rider – Eric Clapton (2002, Production & Writing)
Motown II – Michael McDonald – (Production)
Me and Mr. Johnson – Eric Clapton (2004, Production)
Back Home – Eric Clapton (2005, Production & Writing)
Soul Speak – Michael McDonald (Production & Writing)
Lara Fabian – TLFM
Chris Medina – What Are Words
Live in San Diego – Eric Clapton (2016, Production)

Singles

Pat Benatar – “Invincible” (US Top Ten)
Maxine – 1984
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
Climie Fisher – “Love Changes (Everything)”
Climie Fisher – “Rise to the Occasion”
Climie Fisher – “This Is Me”
Eric Clapton – “My Father’s Eyes” (won Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1999)
Eric Clapton – “(I) Get Lost”
Michael McDonald – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Eternal – “Someday”
Zucchero Fornaciari “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime”
“Soul Inspiration”
“Does Your Heart Still Break”
“Oh How the Years Go By”
Rod Stewart, Sara Evans – “My Heart Can’t Tell You No”
Chris Medina – “One More Time”

TDF

TDF was a dance act project featuring Climie and Eric Clapton, with Clapton working under the name of x-sample. “TDF” is an acronym for Totally Dysfunctional Family. The project released one album called Retail Therapy on the Reprise record label. The title supposedly alludes to Clapton’s “addiction” to buying clothes.[13] Eric Clapton states in his autobiography that he persuaded Giorgio Armani, a friend of Clapton’s, to let them do the music for one of his fashion shows.

Retail Therapy track listing:

“Blue Rock
“Angelica
“Pnom-Sen
“Sno God
“Sienna
“Seven” (contains a sample of B. B. King’s “How Blue Can You Get”)
“Angelica’s Dream”
“What She Wants”
“Donna”
“Rip Stop”
“What Else”

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