Jim Kerr

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James "Jim" Kerr (born July 9, 1959 in Glasgow , Scotland ) is the lead singer and composer of the Scottish rock band Simple Minds .


Kerr was born to Irene and James Kerr and has two brothers (Paul and Mark).

In 1975 and 1976 he played with Charlie Burchill , Brian McGee and others in the beginners band Biba-Rom! In 1977 he founded the punk band Johnny And The Self Abusers with Charlie Burchill, Brian McGee and John Milarky , which had further ambitions and wanted to become professional. But after only half a year and the first published single (Saints and Sinners / Dead Vandals), this band broke up to start a new beginning in 1978 under the name Simple Minds . After some musicians had come and gone, at the end of 1978 the formation came together with Charlie Burchill, Jim Kerr, Brian McGee, Derek Forbes and Michael MacNeil , which then also recorded records.

Jim Kerr experienced numerous changes in the line-up of the band , celebrated the 30th band and stage anniversary in 2008 and has remained alongside Charlie Burchill as a founding member of Simple Minds to this day (2009).

In 2003, Kerr sang the song Cynical Heart , produced by Jam & Spoon , which made it into the German charts. On May 14th 2010 he released his first solo album as Lostboy! aka Jim Kerr with the title of the same name.

In 1985, Kerr married Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde . He has a child with her, Yasmin Paris (* 1985). The divorce was filed five years later. From January 1992 to October 1996, Kerr was married to British actress Patsy Kensit . They have a son, James (* 1992).

Kerr lives in Glasgow, where he also owns a studio, and in Sicily ( Taormina ), where he has built a hotel.


As part of his music, Kerr has repeatedly advocated political issues. So against hunger in Africa ( Live Aid Concert 1985), for the end of apartheid ( Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert 1988) and peace in Northern Ireland. Well-known songs are Mandela Day and Belfast Child .


Jim Kerr is a supporter of Celtic Glasgow . In the 1990s he wanted to take over the financially troubled club with some investors. However, the transaction failed. For this he is now active at AS Celtic Taormina in his second, Sicilian homeland.

Discography (solo)

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr
  DE 60 05/28/2010 (1 week)
Cynical Heart (with Jam & Spoon )
  DE 52 12/22/2003 (8 weeks)
  AT 50 January 18, 2004 (3 weeks)


  • 2010: Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr


  • 2003: Cynical Heart (with Jam & Spoon )
  • 2006: The Deep Blue Sea (with me)


  • Dave Thomas, Mike Wrenn: Simple Minds . Moewig, Rastatt 1989, ISBN 3811830449 .

Web links

Commons : Jim Kerr  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. simpleminds.org: Jim Kerr
  2. simpleminds.org: Biba Rom!
  3. simpleminds.org: Johnny and the Self Abusers
  4. simpleminds.org: Simple Minds # 6
  5. news.bbc.co.uk: BBC News May 25, 1998
  6. a b Chart sources: DE AT