Philip Oakey

Pop Singer
Born Oct 2, 1955

Philip "Phil" Oakey is an English composer, singer, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead singer, lead songwriter, frontman and co-founder of the English synthpop band The Human League. Aside from the Human League, he has had an extensive solo music career and collaborated with numerous other artists and producers. He is also an occasional DJ. Oakey was one of the most visually distinctive music artists of the early 1980s.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Philip Oakey.


1955 Birth Oakey was born on 2 October 1955 in Oadby, Leicestershire. … Read More


1975 19 Years Old He left school at 18 without finishing his exams and worked in a number of casual jobs: in a university bookshop, and from 1975 as a porter at Thornbury Annex Hospital in Sheffield.


Oakey’s entry into music in 1977 was entirely accidental. … Read More
1980 24 Years Old He was married briefly to his girlfriend, whom he met at school, but the marriage did not last long and they were divorced in 1980.
…  By the end of 1981/82 Oakey and the Human League would be famous worldwide.
1983 27 Years Old Oakey has worked on his own, and also with other artists and producers. His first collaboration was producing the Spanish released single "Amor Secreto" by Nick Fury in 1983 for which he also played synthesizer, together with Jo Callis.
1984 28 Years Old His highest profile and most commercially successful collaboration was with producer Giorgio Moroder. In 1984 for the film Electric Dreams, he and Moroder provided the film theme song, "Together in Electric Dreams". … Read More
1985 29 Years Old In 1985, Oakey and Moroder released the joint album Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder which generated two further single releases, "Be My Lover Now" and "Good-Bye Bad Times". … Read More


Oakey and Catherall split amicably in 1990, remaining friends and colleagues. … Read More
1991 35 Years Old In 1991, Oakey was involved with Vic Reeves on the track "Black Night" which is a Deep Purple cover.


1999 43 Years Old In 1999, he provided vocals for the single "1st Man in Space" by the Sheffield band All Seeing I. … Read More
2003 47 Years Old In 2003, he provided vocals for Sheffield band Kings Have Long Arms on the single "Rock and Roll is Dead"; also in 2003 he worked with producer/DJ Alex Gold and they released the trance single "LA Today".


2008 52 Years Old In 2008, Oakey worked with Hiem, a band fronted by former All Seeing I lead singer David "Bozz" Boswell, on the song "2 am".
2009 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2009, Oakey collaborated with the Pet Shop Boys on their tenth studio album Yes, supplying vocals for the intended bonus disc song "This Used to Be the Future".
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