born on 12/8/1961 in Southend, Essex, United Kingdom
Roy Hay (musician)
Roy Hay (born Roy Ernest Hay, 12 August 1961, Southend, Essex, England) is the guitarist/keyboardist with Culture Club, one of the more popular bands of the 1980s, fronted by Boy George. Hay, a trained pianist since the age of five under the tutelage of Ms Eileen Chick, replaced founding member Johnny Suede in 1981. Some of Hay's musical influences were Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers and Led Zeppelin. Before his involvement with Culture Club, Hay was a hairdresser in his native Essex.
It was during Culture Club's beginnings that Hay met Alison Green. The two married in 1982 and had a child, Sunny, in 1986. They divorced in 2005, although the two had been separated since 1995.
According to the "Culture Club" episode the VH-1 series Behind the Music, Hay assisted Boy George in giving up heroin. The singer suffered the painful withdrawal symptoms closely attended by Hay in his Essex home.
Following Culture Club, Hay formed another band, called This Way Up. In 1987, they released three singles : "Tell Me Why", "If I Can't Have You" and "Louise". An album, Feeling Good About It was released in some European countries and in Japan in 1987. All those records flopped, "Tell Me Why" being the only one that charted, for one week at number 72 in the UK Singles Chart.
Hay moved to Los Angeles, U.S. in 1989 and from there wrote for and produced young artists and bands for Sony Music. He branched into commercial composing and sound design with his own company Haywired Music.
Hay found later success as a composer in Hollywood, California, working with fellow composer Hans Zimmer and composing the music for a series directed by Robert Altman, as well as the music for Cracker and for Stephen King's The Dead Zone. Hay reunited with the three original members of Culture Club in 1998 to record a new album. In a Rolling Stone interview, Hay described the years apart as a healing process. "There was obviously a bit of a healing process that needed to happen between Jon [Moss] and George. They hadn't really spoken to each other in quite a while". The description of the tour was "Older and wiser...We've all been through some good and bad times since the band. I think we've all grown up a bit".
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
- Hay prepares for Culture Club reunion - Rolling Stone
|Boy George · Roy Hay · Mikey Craig · Jon Moss · Helen Terry · Phil Pickett · John Themis|
|Albums||Kissing to Be Clever · Colour by Numbers · Waking Up with the House on Fire · From Luxury to Heartache · Don't Mind If I Do|
|Compilation albums||This Time - The First Four Years · "The Best Of" · "Collect - The 12" Collection Plus" · Greatest Moments - VH1 Storytellers Live · Culture Club Box Set · Greatest Hits|
|Singles||"White Boy" · "I'm Afraid Of Me" · "Mystery Boy" · "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" · "Time (Clock of the Heart)" · "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" · "Church of the Poison Mind" · "Karma Chameleon" · "Victims" · "Miss Me Blind · "It's A Miracle" · "Mister Man" · "The War Song" · "The Medal Song" · "Mistake No.3" · "Don't Talk About It" · "Don't Go Down That Street" · "Love Is Love" · "Move Away" · "God Thank You Woman" · "Gusto Blusto" · "I Just Wanna Be Loved" · "Your Kisses Are Charity" · "Cold Shoulder / Starman"|