Chris Frederick Andrews (born 15 October 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, whose musical career started in the late 1950s.
Andrews was born in Romford, East London, England, and by his mid teens had formed his own group, Chris Ravel and The Ravers, and was playing at Soho venues which included The 2i's Coffee Bar and Flamingo Nightclub. On 14 March 1959, he made his UK television debut, performing on the Oh, Boy! show. He would later return in April to perform a cover of Cliff Richard's, "Move It".
For Adam Faith, Andrews wrote "The First Time" (No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart, 1963) and "We Are In Love" (No. 11, 1964), and then a string of hits for Sandie Shaw. They included "Girl Don't Come" (No. 3, 1964/65), "I'll Stop at Nothing" (No. 4, 1965), "Message Understood" (No. 6, 1965) and "Long Live Love" (No. 1, 1965). The latter remained a chart topper in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. "Girl Don't Come" was covered by Cher on her debut album, All I Really Want to Do.
Also in 1965, Andrews as a solo artist, got to No. 3 in the same listings with "Yesterday Man", which peaked in Germany at #1 for four weeks; followed up with a No. 13 hit in the UK "To Whom It Concerns". The instrumental section of this song was used as the theme for RTÉ's long-running TV programme, The Late, Late Show, until 1999, and a re-arranged version returned as the show's theme music in September 2009. As well as obtaining a high placing in the UK chart with "Yesterday Man", it also climbed to #1 in Ireland and Germany. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Later releases were not as successful, but his own hits are seen as early examples of reggae influenced white pop music. Although his chart appearances dwindled in the UK by 1966, his chart topping success continued in mainland Europe for a number of years, particularly in Germany, and Andrews often recorded in foreign languages.
Chris also recorded records as Tim Andrews on Parlophone, and in 1979 as Kris Ryder on Decca.
In South Africa, his later single releases proved particularly popular, with "Pretty Belinda" (1969), "Carol OK" and "Brown Eyes" (both 1970) all topping the charts there. "Yo Yo" reached No. 7 at the end of 1970.
Today, Andrews remains active in his career as a singer-songwriter, working primarily in mainland Europe and in the United Kingdom. He lives with his second wife Alexandra, who is also his manager, in Germany and Spain.
Songwriting credits edit:
"As Long as You're Happy Baby" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Come Closer" -- Adam Faith,
"Don't Run Away" -- Sandie Shaw,
"First Time" -- Adam Faith,
"Girl Don't Come" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Here's Another Day" -- Adam Faith,
"How Can You Tell" -- Sandie Shaw,
"I'll Remember Tonight" -- The Mamas & the Papas,
"I'll Stop at Nothing" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Long Live Love" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Message Understood" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Nothing Comes Easy" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Nothing Less than Brilliant" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Run" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Show Me" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Think It All Over" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Think Sometimes About Me" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Today" -- Sandie Shaw,
"Tomorrow" -- Sandie Shaw,
"We Are in Love" -- Adam Faith,
"You Don't Love Me" -- The Roulettes,
"You've Not Changed" -- Sandie Shaw