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Matt Backer was born in New Orleans in a log cabin he helped build. He has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, Belgium, the Caribbean, and Leamington Spa.
He is a waste of a good education, residing in London with his wife and children.

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05 June Matt Backer Records....

Matt Backer has released three solo cds. In 2002, he released Is That All? , his first solo record. The Impulse Man was released in 2004 and in 2012 Idle Hands (Right Recordings) was released. The hit song “All That You’ve Wanted” was co-written by Backer and Julian Lennon and Lennon contributed vocals. “Let’s Art” is the second single from Idle Hands and enjoyed worldwide airplay.

Matt Backer continues to play and tour with the 80s band ABC and also plays with Nick Heyward (Haircut One Hundred), Marc Almond and various other eighties music legends.

Backer recorded his first blues record, Get Backer, at Warmfuzz Studios in Key West, Florida with UK producer Ian Shaw.

 

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03 June Matt's history with Julian Lennon and ABC

In 1994, Backer played on the Swing Out Sister album The Living Return. He contributed the guitar solo on the band’s cover of The Delphonic’s “La, La (Means I Love You)”, which was featured in the 1994 movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. He toured the US and Japan with Swing Out Sister in 1997.

 

In 1994, Backer played on Peter Bruntnell's debut album "Cannibal", produced by Grammy award winner Pete Smith ( Sting, Van Morrison amongst others). He was also part of the Michael Ball ( Les Miserables" in the West End AND on Broadway ) house band for his television show, which afforded him the opportunity to play with Cher, James Brown, Monserrat Caballe and James Brown. Backer also toured the UK with Michael. Ball.

 

In 1997, Backer toured with Aimee Mann and Bob Geldof.

 

In 1998, Backer toured the UK with actor and impressionist, Steve Coogan and played on “Phenomenon” by one of Coogan’s personas, Tony Ferrimo. He also played on Coogan’s duet “Short Term Affair” with Icelandic singer, Bjork.

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In 1998, Backer met Julian Lennon and played on Lennon’s “Photograph Smile” record. The record release was followed by a world tour and Backer became Lennon’s bandleader in 1998 and 1999. The two remain friends and songwriters.

In 1999, Backer was called as a substitute guitarist with the UK band ABC, and has played with the band since.

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Matt's bio and musical history....

Shortly after, his parents gave him Jimi Henrix’ “Are You Experienced”. Backer’s musically formative years were spent listening to Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Mamas and The Papas, Santana, and Wilson Pickett.


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After graduating from college, Backer began playing jazz in London and the Midlands. The first record Backer played on was “What’s the Color of Money” by Hollywood Beyond (Warner Electra Artists/ 1986) which went to #7 on the UK Charts and was a world wide hit.

 

Backer was playing with UK singer Sarah Jane Morris when she opened for Simply Red in 1989.

 

3.2 1990’s

Matt Backer played on several Sarah Jane Morris records in the 1990s including Heaven (1992/label), Blue Valentine (1994/label) and Fallen Angel (1996/label).

 

In 1992, Backer played and wrote with Irish singer songwriter Suzanne Rhatigan and played on To Hell With Love (1993/Imago Records). The record was produced by Scritti Politti drummer Fred Maher.

 

 

In 1993, Backer played with Marcella Detroit (a.k.a.Marcy Levy) who is Eric Clapton’s collaborator, on her single “I Believe” from Jewel (London Records) which was produced by Chris Thomas (Beatles, Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Pretenders). Backer performed with Detroit on the UK show Top of The Pops. Detroit is also half of the group Shakespeare’s Sister.

 

In 1993, Backer appeared again on Top Of the Pops on the BBC with Detroit and Elton John as they performed “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” (Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell).

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29 May Guitar Nerd!

Battered 1963 Stratocaster
Manufacturer: Fender
History: Designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, the stratocaster has been in production continuously since Leo Fender created it
Who played it? David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton
Matt's strat story: Bought in London in 1986. Nick Dias, now at Norm's, sold it to me and can corroborate this story. I popped into the shop and fell in love. It was £800.00. I put £50.00 down despite not having the money and no idea where or how I was going to get it. I returned home, in a panic. On the doormat was an envelope from WEA records ( remember them?). Inside was a cheque ( remember them?) for the fee for the first record I ever played on. For £800.00.

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27 May Let's Rock Shrewsbury with ABC

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