Murray Head

About Murray Head

Who is it?: Actor, Soundtrack, Composer
Birth Day: March 05, 1946
Birth Place:  London, England, United Kingdom
Birth name: Murray Seafield St George Head
Genres: Rock, new wave
Occupation(s): Actor, singer
Instruments: Vocals, guitar
Years active: 1966–present
Labels: Island, A&M, Virgin, Mercury, Voiceprint

Murray Head

Murray Head was born on March 05, 1946 in  London, England, United Kingdom, is Actor, Soundtrack, Composer. Best known for his 1984 smash "One Night in Bangkok", actor/singer Murray Head was born March 6, 1946 in England to Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He appeared in his father's documentaries at the age of 7, and began his performing career at age 12 with appearances in a series of radio plays. He began writing songs a year later and, at 16, ran away from home to seek out a recording career in London, cutting his earliest singles under the supervision of famed producer Norrie Paramor. In 1966, Head made his film debut in The Family Way (1966); the picture also featured his third single "Some Day Soon", produced by Tim Rice. Still, Murray's career failed to take off and he was eventually dropped from his recording contract, spending a few years selling insurance, before Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber contacted him to sing the role of "Judas" on the soundtrack to their musical "Jesus Christ Superstar". Concurrently, he also appeared in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). The success of both projects launched Head to mainstream attention and, in 1972, he recorded his debut solo album "Nigel Lived". Tree years later, he resurfaced with "Say It Ain't So", scoring an enduring cult hit with the single "Say It Ain't So, Joe". Apart from a starring role in 1977's Madame Claude (1977), he spent the remainder of the decade out of the spotlight, finally returning in 1980 with "Between Us"; two more albums, "Voices" and "How Many Ways", followed a year later. In 1984, Murray was tapped to star in the musical "Chess"; his soundtrack performance of "One Night in Bangkok" was released as a single and became a major pop hit on both sides of the Atlantic, although his subsequent recordings were largely unheard outside of his core audience. He speaks fluent French and continues to act in Britain, France and French-speaking Canada. In 1999, he co-wrote the screenplay to Les enfants du siècle (1999). He returned to the stage in 2003 in the musical "Cindy" in Paris and performs his own music at venues in France and England. His younger brother is Anthony Head.
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Popular As Murray Head
Occupation Actor
Age 74 years old
Zodiac Sign Aries
Born March 05, 1946 ( London, England, United Kingdom)
Birthday March 05
Town/City  London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

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Head began writing songs as a child, and by the mid-1960s he had a London-based recording contract. He had limited success, until asked by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Judas Iscariot on the original concept album version of Jesus Christ Superstar; at the time, he had been appearing in the West End production of the musical Hair. With the Trinidad Singers, the song "Superstar" peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971.


He made his film debut in The Family Way (1966), which featured Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett and John Mills in the leading roles. Head won a leading role in the Oscar-nominated film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), alongside Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson. Despite these successes, he received little public attention in the next ten years (except for his single release, "Say It Ain't So, Joe" in 1975, which has been covered by The Who's lead vocalist, Roger Daltrey, among others, including The Hollies). "Never Even Thought" has been covered by both Colin Blunstone and Cliff Richard.


Murray Head married Susan Ellis Jones in 1972; they divorced in 1992. He has two daughters: Katherine and Sophie. Sophie sometimes sings with her father, for Example on songs such as "Seras-tu là?" on the album Tête à tête and "Make It Easy" from the Emotions album.


In 1973, he appeared in a radio drama, The Fourth Tower of Inverness. In 1979, Head appeared in the miniseries Prince Regent and the final episode of the ITV program Return of the Saint.


Head reappeared in the spotlight in 1984 as the American on the concept album for the musical Chess. The song "One Night in Bangkok" featured Head on lead vocals, affecting a New York accent. It became the last significant Broadway/West End number to be a hit single on American and German radio until "No Matter What" by Boyzone in 1996. "One Night in Bangkok" was a success in both Europe and North America. Head performed the role of world chess champion Frederick "Freddie" Trumper in the London West End stage production of Chess that premiered on 14 May 1986. The show ran in London until 8 April 1989; during its run, Head departed with vocal strain.


After that, Head had little recording success in the UK or the United States. This fact would later be underscored in a radio segment featured on The Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, in which the hosts would phone Head in the morning to find out "What's Up with Murray Head?" Fluent in French, he has released a number of albums in that language. A duet with Marie Carmen, "Une femme un homme", was released in 1993 and was a hit in French-speaking Canada.


In 1999, Head co-wrote the screenplay to Les Enfants du Siècle.


Murray Head was born in London to Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head (1919 – 22 March 2009) and Helen Shingler (born 1919). Head's father was a documentary filmmaker and a founder of Verity Films. Head's mother played Mme Maigret alongside Rupert Davies in the BBC 1960s television adaptation of the Maigret novels written by Georges Simenon. Head's younger brother Anthony Head is also an actor, best known for playing Rupert Giles in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


He has appeared on television in the UK on The Bill, Casualty, North Square and Judge John Deed. He also played an Artist, and love interest of Gina Ward, called Jack Hollins on ITV's Heartbeat from 2005–06. On 15 March 2010 he appeared in the BBC drama Doctors playing a pop singer, Pete Perry, trying to make a comeback, in which Head sang Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain". In Canada, he was part of the cast of the 2002 television mini-series Music-Hall, which played on the Radio-Canada network. In 2011 he appeared in the first episode of the series Vera (episode "Hidden Depths") as Peter Calvert.

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