Neil Mitchell

Musician, Songwriter and Wet Wet Wet member

Neil Mitchell was born on the 8th June 1965 in Helensburgh. He is a talented musician who has risen to prominence as a member of the Scottish quartet Wet Wet Wet.

The quartet formed at Clydebank High School in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1982, under the name Vortex Motion.

Graeme Clark and Tommy Cunningham met on the school bus and became close friends. Mutual friend Neil Mitchell, prompted by his pals' positive attitude, promised to supply keyboards when he could scrape together enough money from his paper round. Neil’s musical tastes reflected everything from Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Webb to ABC and Burt Bacharach.

To complete the quartet, Clark approached Mark McLachlan – who became known as Marti Pellow.

The band then changed their name to Wet Wet Wet. After frequent live performances, they recorded a promising demonstration tape, and were signed by Phonogram Records in 1985. Recordings in Memphis followed with veteran soul producer Willie Mitchell. In 1987, 'Wishing I Was Lucky' reached the UK Top 10, followed by the even more successful 'Sweet Little Mystery'.

The group's agreeable blue-eyed soul was evident on their debut Popped In Souled Out, which climbed to number 2 in the UK album chart. Further hits followed and in June 1988, the group's profile was increased when they reached number 1 in the UK with a track from the various artists compilation Sgt Pepper Knew My Father.

The group’s biggest single success was their cover of the Troggs' 'Love Is All Around', the theme song to the hit movie Four Weddings And A Funeral, which, in 1994, stayed at the top of the UK charts for 15 weeks just one short of the record.

The band split in 1997 but reformed in 2004 with the original line up.

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