Chesney Hawkes
Chesney Hawkes had met Billy Shears at Shane Ritchie´s wedding in
Majorca and Billy kindly gave Vince the contact. Chesney joined Vince
on the line from England just after returning from Iceland where he´d
been conducting a songwriting workshop.
March 10th 2008
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
Hawkes was born in Windsor, Berkshire. His father is the singer Len 'Chip' Hawkes,
formerly with the 1960s band The Tremeloes. Chesney was named after the singer and
comedian, Chesney Allen. Hawkes' career began at nineteen, when he appeared as the title
character in the film Buddy's Song. Shortly after this, he released his most famous single
"The One And Only", from the film's soundtrack. Written By Nik Kershaw, the song was
later featured in the opening credits of Doc Hollywood (1991), starring Michael J. Fox. The
single spent five weeks at Number one.

He has released 6 singles including "I'm a man not a boy" (May 1991) & "Another fine mess"
(2005) since then. In 1993 he released the single "What's Wrong With This Picture?" reached
UK #63, and his 2002 collaboration with Adam Schlessinger Fountains of Wayne, "Stay Away
Baby Jane", reached number 74 in the UK Singles Chart. Hawkes has had a dedicated core of
mainly student fans who have ensured his continued success as a touring artist, and who have
been kept loyal by the constant playing of "The One And Only" in student bars and clubs.
Hawkes has also had success as a songwriter for other artists, such as A1, Caprice Tricky
Jennifer Paige & Tears for fears. Hawkes returned to the media's attention with his involvement
in Channel 4's The Games in March 2005, in which he won a Bronze Medal. He also took part
in the ITV programme Hit Me Baby One More Time in April that year. He released a new
single called "Another Fine Mess" in May 2005, it reached number 48; it was his biggest-selling
single for over a decade. Chesney was involved in a project called the Lexus Symphony
Orchestra (http://www.lexus.co.uk/about_lexus/news_and_events/lso.asp and
http://www.lexusorchestra.co.uk) This was a world first and Chesney composed two original
pieces of music for these events held at Castle Howard and Crystal Palace, UK in August
2007 He released an album Another Fine Mess in 2007, available on his website
www.chesneyhawkes.com Hawkes organizes a very successful annual songwriting retreat in
Iceland called Songfusion