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Overview (2)

Born in Manchester, England, UK
Died in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA  (apparent suicide)

Mini Bio (1)

Stuart Adamson was born on April 11, 1958 in Manchester, England. He was married to Melanie Shelley and Sandra Davidson. He died on December 16, 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Spouse (2)

Sandra Davidson (1983 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Melanie Shelley (? - 16 December 2001) ( his death) ( estranged)

Trivia (10)

He was born in Manchester, but grew up in Crossgates near Dunfermline, Fife, and formed the punk group, The Skids, in the 1970s. He went on to form Big Country, which had a string of hits during the 1980s as well as eight successful albums.

In 1986, he told how he had suffered a nervous breakdown six years before and was on the verge of another due to stress and overwork. He was found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He went missing in November 2001 from his home in Nashville, Tennessee - 2nd time in two years that it had happened. He left a note for his son Calum on 7 November 2001 saying "back by noon Sunday", but was not seen again after that.
2 children by first wife Sandra, Calum, 19 and Kirsten 17.
He was living with his son in Nashville, Tennessee.
May 31, 2002...A tribute concert in honour of Stuart was played in Glasgow, Scotland. Many established musicians performed on the night, including his old friend, Richard Jobson, with whom he had formed the band, The Skids, over 20 years before. Other performers included Hugh Cornwell, Midge Ure, Kirk Brandon, Bill Nelson and Adamson's 2 children.
In 1985, sang in the finale at Live Aid. Big Country were overlooked to play in the main concert as Bob Geldof thought they had split up.
Was a big supporter of Dunfermline Athletic Football Club and was a season ticket holder for many years.
Owned a bar in Dunfermline, but sold it when moving to Nashville.
Overcame alcohol problems and stayed sober for many years prior to his death.
Big Country were one of the first Western bands to play in Russia.
First achieved success with the punk band, The Skids, with Richard Jobson as vocalist and Adamson on guitar.

Personal Quotes (1)

Music used to be a thing where working people got together on a Saturday night and played some songs. Someone'd play the guitar or the fiddle or an accordion. No bastard'd played the synthesiser. Stuart Adamson

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