Best known as the lead vocalist of the 1970s and 1980s British ska group Madness, this popular musician also collaborated with such artists and bands as Morrissey and The Farm. Also a disc jockey, he worked for both BB6 Music and Virgin Radio.
His debut album with Madness, One Step Beyond..., was released in late 1979. His first solo album, The Lone Ranger, was recorded in the mid-1990s.
In 2011, he toured his acclaimed one-man theatrical production, LIVESUGGS.
He was born Graham McPherson in Hastings, England, to William McPherson and Edith Gower. His marriage to rock vocalist Bette Bright resulted in daughters Viva and Scarlett.
He appeared in the role of "the crooner" in the 2008 Keira Knightley film The Edge of Love.