Paul Humphreys

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Legal name: Paul David Humphreys


Paul David Humphreys (born 27 February 1960, in London) is a British musician and songwriter who serves as the keyboardist, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). The pairing of Humphreys and co-founder Andy McCluskey remains the group's most recognized visual identifier, with both being regarded as pioneers of electronic music in the United Kingdom. John Doran in The Quietus remarked: "If, roughly speaking, McCluskey is the intellect and inquisitive nature in the group, then Humphreys is the heart."

Humphreys fulfilled his role from the group's inception in 1978 to his 1989 departure, seven years before their disbandment, and returned for their 2006 reformation. His songwriting contribution features on all of OMD's studio albums, save for 1991's Sugar Tax. He performed lead vocals on several of the band's singles, including "Electricity" (in unison with McCluskey), "Souvenir", "Never Turn Away", "Secret" and "(Forever) Live and Die". A number of album tracks and B-sides were also sung by Humphreys. He became the frontman of now-defunct spin-off group The Listening Pool in 1989, and has been keyboardist for the band Onetwo since 2000.

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (30 May 2009). Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 183–. ISBN 9780898201741. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  2. ^ See Legacy and influence of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
  3. ^ Doran, John (25 September 2008). "Messages - Greatest Hits". The Quietus. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Synthesizer Greatest, Volume 1 Ed Starink 8

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