Birthplace: Manchester, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Singer for ABC
Through an interview for his own fanzine, Modern Drugs, Martin Fry was introduced to members of the rock band Vice Versa. They invited him to join, whereupon he changed the name to ABC and the musical direction to melodramatic pop. ABC gained considerable popularity in the early years of the 80's, peaking with the Trevor Horn-produced album Lexicon of Love, but then waning considerably until their biggest single in 1987 When Smokey Sings. Fry dropped out of the music scene in 1989, having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 1997, Fry resurrected ABC with a different line-up, releasing several records and a greatest-hits collection, but failed to recapture the band's earlier success.
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