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Born: 16 September 1953, Barnsley, Yorkshire
Died: 23 March 1995, near Dusseldorf, Germany
Cause of death: Injuries sustained in vehicle crash.
Notable because: Singer of the song 'Agadoo' as well as vocalist for Smokie.
Alan Barton was a member of the hit-making duo Black Lace, alongside Colin Routh. Their hits included: "The Music Man", "Agadoo" and "Superman". They also represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in Jerusalem, with the song "Mary Ann", which finished seventh.
Alan Barton replaced Chris Norman in Smokie in 1986, recording six albums with them, and touring extensively as their lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. He was the lead singer on Smokie's revival of their hit, "Living Next Door To Alice", recorded with British comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown, as "Who The Fuck is Alice". In the early 1990s he released his one and only solo album, Precious (1991) and two accompanying singles: "July 69" (1990) and "Carry Your Heart" (with Kristine Pettersen) (1991).
By 1995, Smokie were enjoying headlining tours booked all across Europe. Tragically on their way to Dusseldorf airport in March 1995 the tour bus careered off the road in a freak hailstorm. There were three band members on that bus, Alan Silson, Terry Uttley and Alan Barton.
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