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Best known seeing that the business lead vocalist from the 1970s and 1980s Uk ska group Madness, this popular musician also collaborated with such performers and bands seeing that Morrissey as well as the Plantation. Also a disk jockey, he proved helpful for both BB6 Music and Virgin Radio. His debut record with Madness, One Stage Beyond…, premiered in past due 1979. His initial solo record, The Lone Ranger, was documented in the middle-1990s. In 2011, he toured his acclaimed one-man theatrical creation, LIVESUGGS. He was created Graham McPherson in Hastings, Britain, to William McPherson and Edith Gower. His relationship to rock and roll vocalist Bette Shiny led to daughters Viva and Scarlett. He made an appearance in the function of “the crooner” in the 2008 Keira Knightley film The Advantage of Love.

Quick Facts

Full Name Suggs
Date Of Birth January 13, 1961
Place Of Birth Hastings, England
Height 1.85 m
Weight 118 kg
Profession Pop Singer
Nationality British
Spouse Bette Bright
Children Viva McPherson, Scarlett McPherson, Our House, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love
Parents William Rutherford McPherson, Edith Gower, Our House, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love
Music Groups Madness, The Fink Brothers, Our House, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love
Movies The Coalition
TV Shows Night Fever, Suggs in the City, Disappearing London, Suggs' Italian Job
Star Sign Capricorn

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1 Was born on a Friday the 13th.
2 Madness continue to record and perform to this day, despite their lead guitarist's departure in May 2005. [January 2006]
3 DJ on the UK's Virgin Radio station. His show is in the early afternoon and he calls it the Afternoon Tea show. [November 2007]
4 His first job was as a butcher's assistant - making sausages and scraping lard off metal trays.
5 Madness spent more weeks in the U.K. chart than any other band in the 1980's.
6 In the early nineties he produced The Farm's no 1 U.K single 'All together now'.
7 At the band's first Madstock concert, an earth tremor was recorded of over 4 on the Richter scale as the fans danced to the opening of the song 'One Step Beyond'.
8 Had several solo hits between 1995-1998, including "I'm Only Sleeping", "Camden Town", "The Tune", "Cecilia" and "I Am".
9 Supports Chelsea Football Club
10 He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
11 Lead singer of the pop group Madness.
12 He took his nickname of 'Suggs' from a jazz flautist named Pete Suggs



Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Nightboat to Cairo", "Baggy Trousers"
Rugby League World Cup 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Believe 2013/I writer: "Baggy Trousers"
Jools Holland: London Calling 2012 Documentary performer: "Oranges and Lemons Again" / writer: "Oranges and Lemons Again"
Showboaters 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
T in the Park 2010 2010 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Shark Tale 2004 writer: "The Prince Wubble-U Remix" - as Graham McPherson
Top of the Pops 2 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mean Machine 2001 writer: "Baggy Trousers" - as Graham McPherson
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 writer: "Wings Of A Dove" - as Graham McPherson
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1996 lyrics - 1 episode, 1985
Dance Craze 1981 Documentary lyrics: "Night Boat to Cairo" - uncredited



Billy & Lilly Go to New York 2009 Suggs
The Edge of Love 2008 The Crooner
Neues vom Wixxer 2007 Sänger (uncredited)
Talk 2006 Short John
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 1999 Rex
The Final Frame 1990 TV Movie East
Press Gang 1990 TV Series Jason Wood
The Tall Guy 1989 Suggs
Take It or Leave It 1981 Documentary Suggs (as Graham McPherson)



Top Ten 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter / Himself
Top of the Pops: The True Story 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Party in the Park 2000 2000 TV Special Performer
Children in Need 2000 TV Series Himself
I Love 1970's 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
It's Only TV... But I Like It 2000 TV Series Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1996-1999 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1999 TV Series Himself / Himself - Madness / Himself - Presenter
Winton's Wonderland 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Surprise Surprise! 1996 TV Series Himself - Performer
The Danny Baker Show 1994 TV Series Himself
Danny Baker After All 1993 TV Series Himself
Good Morning... with Anne and Nick 1992 TV Series Himself
Pop Quiz 1982 TV Series Himself
Dance Craze 1981 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
British Rock 1980 Documentary Himself (as Madness)
QI 2015 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Madness
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Sunday Brunch 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Madness Live: Goodbye to TV Centre 2013 TV Movie Himself
The One Show 2008-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Music
This Morning 2012 TV Series Himself
The Xtra Factor 2012 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Panel
London - The Modern Babylon 2012 Documentary Himself, lead singer of Madness
Jools Holland: London Calling 2012 Documentary Himself
Daybreak 2011-2012 TV Series Himself
Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes 2011 TV Movie Himself
Forever Young: How Rock 'n' Roll Grew Up 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Series Himself
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series Himself
Oil City Confidential 2009 Documentary
Rage 2009 TV Series Himself
Something for the Weekend 2009 TV Series Himself
The Wright Stuff 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
Later with Jools Holland 1995-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interview
The Liberty of Norton Folgate 2009 Documentary Himself - Vocals
Spicks and Specks 2009 TV Series Himself
Let's Dance for Sport Relief 2009 TV Series Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Suggs in the City 2008 TV Series Himself - Presenter (2008)
If It Ain't Stiff 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Balderdash & Piffle 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Disappearing London: Suggs and the City 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2006 TV Series Himself
Passatgers 2006 TV Series Himself
Test the Nation: Know Your English Test 2005 TV Movie Himself
More All-Time Greatest Love Songs 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comedy Connections 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rise of the Celebrity Class 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Salvage Squad 2003-2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
EastEnders: Christmas Party 2003 TV Movie Performer / Himself
The Laurence Olivier Awards 2003 2003 TV Special Himself
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Himself
Night Fever 1997-2002 TV Series Himself - Presenter / Himself - Host
A Question of Pop 2000-2001 TV Series Himself - Team Captain

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

QI 2015 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Madness (uncredited)
Top of the Pops 2 1994-2002 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1995 TV Series Himself - Madness / Himself

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1 [on the "Our House" musical] We'd got a great writer, Tim Firth. He didn't want it to be a biographical thing about Madness, but it tells of being in borstal, as Lee was, and split families, which most of us came from. It was a hit, but we spent too much on the sodding production. And there's nothing more cheery than passing the Queen musical, and seeing it on for its 12th fucking successful year.

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