Kirsty MacColl Backing Tracks – Days … Fairytale Of New York … There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis … New England … South Australia
Kirsty MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer and songwriter. She recorded several pop hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis” and cover versions of Billy Bragg’s “New England” and The Kinks’ “Days”. Her song “They Don’t Know” was covered with great success by Tracey Ullman. MacColl also sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, most notably “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues.
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Born in Croydon, Kirsty MacColl grew up in a musical family. Her father, Ewan MacColl, was a folk singer and her mother, Jean Newlove, was a dancer. Kirsty began playing guitar and writing songs at a young age. She released her first single, “They Don’t Know”, in 1979.
Kirsty’s breakthrough came in 1981 with her single “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”. The song was a top 10 hit in the UK and helped to propel her debut album, Desperate Character, to success. Kirsty followed up with several more successful singles and albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, including “A New England” (1984), “Don’t Come the Cowboy with Me, Sonny Jim!” (1991) and Titanic Days (1993).
Kirsty MacColl was tragically killed in a boating accident in 2000. She was just 41 years old. She left behind a legacy of great music and is remembered as one of the UK’s most talented singer-songwriters.
Kirsty MacColl Backing Tracks
Days … Fairytale Of New York … There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis … New England … South Australia