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Name: Kim Wilde  
Also Know As: Kim Smith
Date of Birth: 18th November 1960
Place of Birth: Chiswick, West London
Profession: Singer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Kim Wilde and Michael Jackson on the cover of fanclub magazine in 1988.

Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith on November 18, 1960) is a British pop singer, gardener, and pop cultural figure.

She was born in Chiswick, West London as the first child of 1950s Rock & Roller Marty Wilde and Joyce Baker, formerly of the British singing and dancing group the Vernons Girls.

She moved with her family to Hertfordshire at the age of 9 where she was educated at Presdales School, Ware, before completing a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design in 1980.

Kim was signed to Mickie Most's RAK Records in 1980 and released her first single, "Kids in America", in January 1981. It was an instant success, reaching no. 2 in the UK singles chart and ending up in the top 5 all over Europe. In the US, the single peaked at no. 25 on Billboard Hot 100, and in their year-end Hot 100 chart for 1982, it ranked at no. 85., in With undoubtfully gorgeous looks 1983 Kim was named in Europe Bridgette Bardot of rock.

The debut album Kim Wilde followed later that year and spawned a further two hits, Chequered Love and Water On Glass. Kim recorded a total of three albums for RAK Records before signing to MCA Records in the summer of 1984. Most of the songs, including all her major hits, were written by her father Marty and brother Ricki Wilde.

Six subsequent albums for MCA Records have included international hits such as Another Step (Closer To You) (recorded with Junior), You came, Never Trust A Stranger, Four Letter Word, If I Can't Have You (a cover of the Bee Gees song from the movie Saturday Night Fever) and a remake of the Supremes classic You Keep Me Hangin' On - which gave Kim her first USA Number 1 single in 1987 - all of which have contributed to total worldwide album and single sales in excess of 7 million and 12 million respectively. This same period corresponded with Kim's development as a songwriter having written or co-written the majority of the songs on the MCA albums including many of the above hit singles.

Kim received the Best Female Vocalist Award from the British Phonographic Industry in the United Kingdom in 1983 and has subsequently received two further nominations in this category. Also, she has received numerous silver, gold and platinum records from all over the world.

Kim has undertaken five solo tours and has performed as opening act for Michael Jackson in 1988 and for David Bowie in 1990.

Adding a new dimension to this highly successful career, Kim appeared in London's West End production of the musical Tommy from February 1996 to February 1997.

On September 1, 1996, Kim got married to her co-star in this musical, Hal Fowler, and wanted to have children as soon as possible. On January 3, 1998 she gave birth to Harry Tristan. Two years later, on January 13, 2000, Rose Elisabeth was born.

Cover of Kim Wilde's book "Gardening with Children" (2005).

During her first pregnancy an old interest in gardening resurfaced, and she attended the famous Capel Manor college to learn about horticulture, so as to create a garden for her children. She was spotted by talent scouts of Channel 4, who asked her as a designer for the program Better Gardens. A year later she started a two year commitment with the BBC, recording two seasons of Garden Invaders. In 2005 she won a Gold award for her courtyard garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

On January 13, 2001 she performed live for the first time in years, as a guest star in a show by ABBA tribute band Fabba for a local charity. This sparked her interest in performing live again. Since November 2001, she has toured the UK in three times in the Here & Now Tour, an Eighties revival concert series together with artists such as Paul Young, Human League and Howard Jones. New music also followed: in 2001 she recorded a new track (Loved) for a compilation album which became a surprise hit in Belgium, and in 2003 she had pan-European success with Anyplace, anywhere, anytime, a duet with another 1980s pop icon German singer Nena.

Ash guitarist, Charlotte Hatherley, wrote a song about her in 2004.

Kim continues to juggle family life, music and gardening, enjoying success and fulfillment in all areas.

Kim's brother, Marty Wilde Jr., is currently a contestant on The Golf Channel's The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe.


Notes: US top data: for singles from The Billboard Hot 100, for albums from The Billboard 200; UK top data for singles and albums from UK Singles Chart.

Main albums

Year Album Name Label US Top UK Top WW sales mil.
1981 Kim Wilde RAK Records 86 3
1982 Select RAK Records 19
1983 Catch As Catch Can RAK Records
1984 Teases & Dares MCA Records 84
1986 Another Step MCA Records 40
1988 Close MCA Records 114 8
1990 Love Moves MCA Records 37
1992 Love Is MCA Records 21
1995 Now & Forever / Breaking Away MCA Records 114


Year Album Name Label US Top UK Top WW sales mil.
1993 The Singles Collection 1981-1993 11
1996 The Best Of EMI
1996 The Gold Collection - Greatest Hits EMI


Year Single Name Label US Top UK Top WW sales mil.
1981 Kids In America 25 2 2
1981 Chequered Love 4
1981 Water On Glass 53 (M.Stream Rock) 11
1981 Bitter Is Better
1981 Cambodia 12
1982 View From A Bridge 16
1982 Take Me Tonight
1982 Child Come Away
1983 Love Blonde 23
1983 Dancing In The Dark
1983 House Of Salome
1984 The Second Time 29
1984 The Touch
1984 Rage To Love 19
1986 Schoolgirl
1986 You Keep Me Hangin' On 1 2
1987 Another Step 6
1986 Say You Really Want Me 44 29
1988 Hey Mr. Heartache 31
1988 You came 41 3
1988 Never Trust a Stranger 7
1988 Four Letter Word 6
1988 Love In The Natural Way 32
1990 It's Here
1990 Time
1990 Can't Get Enough
1990 World in Perfect Harmony
1990 I Can't Say Goodbye
1992 Love is holy 16
1992 Heart Over Mind 34
1992 Who Do You Think You Are? 48
1992 Million Miles Away
1993 If I Can't Have You 12 (Billboard Hot Dance) 12
1993 In My Life
1994 Kids In America 1994 MCA Records
1995 Breakin' Away 43
1995 This I Swear 47
1995 Shame 82
2001 Loved-#7 (Belgium)
2002 Born To Be Wild #82 (Germany)
2003 Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime (with Nena)- went # 3 in Germany, and #1 Austria, #12 Switz and #1 Holland, # 2 Belgium

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