Bernard Sumner

Born Jan 4, 1956

Bernard Sumner, also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken and Bernard Albrecht is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the bands Joy Division and New Order. He also recorded with Johnny Marr as Electronic and was the lead vocalist of the band Bad Lieutenant.… Read More

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  • Books: Bernard Sumner On Ian Curtis And His Joy Division Bandmates
    NYTimes - Nov 02, 2015
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    Huffington Post - Aug 03, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Jun 04, 2013
  • Former Smiths Rocker Blasts Margaret Thatcher
    Huffington Post - Apr 15, 2013


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1956 Birth Born on January 4, 1956.


1976 20 Years Old Sumner was a founding member of Joy Division, a post-punk band formed in 1976. … Read More
1978 22 Years Old Sumner was married to Sue Barlow (born 1956) on 28 October 1978. They have a son James Christopher (born 1983). The couple divorced in 1989, just before the release of Technique, an experience reflected in the song Round & Round. … Read More
1980 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1980, the band's vocalist Ian Curtis committed suicide.
1981 25 Years Old In 1981, Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls released their last single Searching For Heaven, whose main song featured Sumner on guitar, although he was not credited in the sleeves of its 7" and 10" edition at the time.
1983 27 Years Old In 1983 Sumner co-produced, with Donald Johnson, the band Foreign Press and 'The Great Divide'/'Love in a Strange Place'. … Read More


1990 34 Years Old In 1990 he worked with former Factory Records labelmates A Certain Ratio remixing their song "Won't Stop Loving You". … Read More


1999 43 Years Old Sumner appeared as a guest vocalist (alongside Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie) on The Chemical Brothers' 1999 album Surrender, on the track "Out of Control", and in the 2005 Chemical Brothers show at the Brixton Academy, Sumner appeared live on stage as a special guest on this track.


2007 51 Years Old 1 More Event
The band split up in 2007 after a disagreement between Hook and the remaining members.
2008 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He recently lent vocals to a track ("Miracle Cure") on German trance outfit Blank & Jones 2008 release, "The Logic of Pleasure." … Read More
2009 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, Sumner revealed he no longer wished to make music as New Order. … Read More
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