Approximately 50,000 singles were released in the UK during the nineties. With five weeks at the top, the twentieth most successful release of that entire decade was The One and Only, the lead song from the soundtrack of the film ‘Buddy’s Song’ sung by a then 19 year old Chesney Hawkes.
2008 – The Album: Another Fine Mess
The result of three years’ work, the album is a collection of 16 songs all co-written by Chesney but for one track, Come and Get it, a Chesney favourite which was written by Paul McCartney and recorded by Badfinger, reaching No. 4 in 1970 before Chesney was born! Brimming with talented collaborators, producers on the album include Charlton Pettus, acclaimed for his work with Tears for Fears, Nik Kershaw who also co wrote the title song The One and Only and Chris Nicolaides, fresh from his work on Mika’s multi Platinum selling album, Life in Cartoon Motion. Co-writers on the album include Phil Thornally, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and, of course, Nik.
In 2001 Chesney embarked on a mini tour with his four piece band. Initially intended for five dates, it continued to be extended. The tour, headlining at universities, colleges and clubs, continues unabated and is now approaching 600 dates. Further performances, held at big open air summer roadshows, together with working abroad, have brought the combined live audience (to which Chesney has performed during the period) to over 1 million.
Chesney has combined touring with appearing on Channel 4’s Top Ten Teen Idols, CD:UK, BBC Breakfast, London Tonight, VH1, Popworld, Question of Pop, Banzai, Loose Women, The Wright Stuff, Bliss, This Morning, BBC’s The Cinema Show, The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Jonathan Ross on Radio 2. He has presented two shows for VH1/MTV and has taken part in a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link. Chesney has also taken part in Channel 4’s The Games emerging a medal winner and has appeared on the Granada/LWT show Hit Me Baby One More Time. Chesney has also appeared on a Champion of Champions edition of The Games. Chesney has recently participated in Celebrity MasterChef series 10.
Chesney has worked with numerous writers and producers from a broad section of the industry, among them Mark Goldenberg who co-wrote The Eels’ Novocain For The Soul, Jesse Valenzuela of The Gin Blossoms, and Counting Crows producer Marvin Etzioni. Other collaborators include Howard Jones, the Police’s Stuart Copeland, Nik Kershaw & Bijou Phillips. Artists continue to cover his songs and he has had material recorded by three international Pop Idol winners. English band Hepburn covered Next Life which Chesney co-wrote with Phil Thornally. (Phil co-wrote Torn for Natalie Imbruglia). Caprice charted with Once Around The Sun which Chesney co-wrote with Eric Pressley and he also collaborated with Tricky on his ‘Mission Accomplished’ EP. Another of Chesney’s songs, Almost You, was in the film ‘Jawbreaker’ starring Rose McGowan and Marilyn Manson andMissing You Already was in the film ‘The Night We Never Met’, starring Matthew Broderick. In mid 2007 Chesney co-composed an orchestral piece commissioned by Lexus Cars for a live presentation. The piece was recorded at AIR Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra and represents Chesney’s first orchestral work.