Simple Minds is fronted by Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Kerr. Born in 1959, Kerr's first band was a 6 piece punk rock band called Johnny and the Self Abusers which after one unsuccessful single was reshuffled and named Simple Minds with band members including Charlie Burchill, Brian McGee and Tony Donald.
Popular in the '80s and '90s the band had a string of successful albums but only reached number 1 in the UK singles chart with their 6 minute epic "Belfast Child". Simple Minds are perhaps best known for their track "Don't You (Forget About Me)" which was used on the soundtrack of John Hughes movie "The Breakfast Club" and made them an overnight hit in the US. A politically active group, Simple Minds played at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebrations.
Jim Kerr has been married twice; first to Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders, with whom he had daughter, Yasmin Paris Kerr, and then to actress Patsy Kensit whom he later divorced in 1996. Kerr has a son, James Kerr, from his second marriage.
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