Chris Norman was born on October 25, 1950, in England. He is a singer mostly famous for such songs as “Stumblin’ In”, “Broken Heroes”, and “If You Need My Love Tonight”. Norman used to be a lead singer with the band “Smokie”, with which he recorded more than 15 albums.
When Chris turned 7, his parents gave him his first guitar. In his early years, Norman was influenced by such stars as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Lonnie Donega. Later, he was a fan of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. When the boy turned 12, he attended St. Bede’s Grammar School, where he met Terry Uttley and Alan Silson, who later joined him in the Smokie band.
Smokie was formed in 1968. The group members played at different festivals all over the country, performed at many radio shows, including Radio 1 Roadshows. Two years later, they signed a contract with RCA and DECCA. They performed various music styles but tried to copy their favorites, such as Small Faces, Free, and Beatles.
In 1975, Smokie released their debut studio album Pass it Around. The same year they recorded their first international hit “If You Think You Know How To Love Me”, which reached the 3rd spot on UK Singles Chart. Then they followed with another hit “Living Next Door to Alice” and the first solo hit by Norman “Stumblin’ In”. Between 1975 and 1982, Smokie recorded 24 singles and 9 albums.
In 1986, Norman left the band. That year became very important for Norman. He again earned impressive popularity in Europe and was invited to various TV and radio shows. A year later, Norman formed Chris Norman band. For the next several years, Norman recorded several hit singles and received various music awards.
In 2004, Norman participated in Comeback Show, a German music competition arranged by TV channel Pro7. His following songs “Amazing” and “Breakaway” were a hit in Germany. Norman got several German and Austrian music awards.
As of today, Norman released more than 25 albums. He actively works on his music career, recording new songs and performing live. On a regular basis, Chris goes on various tours around the globe.