46 Facts About Paul Weller

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Paul John Weller was born on John William Weller; 25 May 1958 and is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

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Paul Weller had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of the Style Council, before establishing himself as a solo artist with his eponymous 1992 album.

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Paul Weller was the principal figure of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, often referred to as "The Modfather", and an influence on Britpop bands such as Oasis.

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Paul Weller was born on 25 May 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England, to John and Ann Paul Weller .

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Paul Weller's father worked as a taxi driver and a builder and his mother was a part-time cleaner.

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6.

Paul Weller started his education at Maybury County First School in 1963.

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Paul Weller formed the first incarnation of the Jam in the same year, playing bass guitar with his best friends Steve Brookes and Dave Waller .

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Paul Weller's father, acting as their manager, began booking the band into local working men's clubs.

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9.

Paul Weller became interested in 1960s mod culture in late 1974, particularly after hearing 'My Generation' by the Who.

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10.

At the beginning of 1983, Paul Weller teamed up with keyboard player Mick Talbot to form a new group called the Style Council.

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11.

In December 1984, Paul Weller put together his own charity ensemble called the Council Collective to make a record, "Soul Deep", to raise money for striking miners, and the family of David Wilkie.

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12.

In 1989, Paul Weller found himself without a band and without a recording deal for the first time since he was 17.

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13.

Paul Weller found himself heavily associated with the emerging Britpop movement that gave rise to such bands as Oasis, Pulp and Blur.

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14.

Paul Weller returned the favour, appearing as a guest guitarist and backing vocalist on Oasis' hit song "Champagne Supernova".

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15.

The album was more raw than its predecessor; Paul Weller was now frequently playing live in the studio in as few takes as possible.

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16.

Paul Weller appears on the 2002 Noonday Underground album called Surface Noise, singing on the track "I'll Walk Right On".

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17.

In 2002, Paul Weller collaborated with Terry Callier on the single "Brother to Brother", which featured on Callier's album Speak Your Peace.

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18.

In 2003, Paul Weller teamed up with electronic rock duo Death in Vegas on a cover of Gene Clark's "So You Say You Lost Your Baby", which featured on their Scorpio Rising album.

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19.

In February 2006 it was announced that Paul Weller would be the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BRIT Awards.

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20.

Paul Weller was offered appointment as a Commander of the Order of British Empire in the 2006 birthday honours, but rejected the offer.

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21.

In 2007 Paul Weller was guest vocalist on the album issue by the folk musical project the Imagined Village.

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22.

Paul Weller had parted company with his existing band before the recording this album, replacing everyone except guitarist Steve Cradock with Andy Lewis on bass, Andy Crofts of the Moons on keys and Steve Pilgrim of the Stands on drums.

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23.

Paul Weller was the surprise recipient of the 2009 BRIT award for "Best Male Solo Artist", which resulted in controversy when it was discovered that a suspiciously high number of bets had been placed for Paul Weller to win the award, for which James Morrison was T4's favourite.

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24.

In 2009, Paul Weller guested on Dot Allison's 2009 album, Room 7½, co-writing "Love's Got Me Crazy".

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25.

On 24 February 2010, Paul Weller received the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards.

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26.

On 17 December 2012 Paul Weller released the Dragonfly EP, a limited edition vinyl run of 3000 copies.

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27.

Paul Weller provided vocals on the Moons' 2012 single Something Soon.

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28.

In December 2012, Paul Weller headlined the Crisis charity gig at the Hammersmith Apollo, where he performed with Emeli Sande, Miles Kane and Bradley Wiggins.

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29.

On 23 March 2013, Paul Weller played drums on stage with Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon, playing the Blur track "Tender".

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30.

In 2014, Paul Weller wrote "Let Me In" for Olly Murs's fourth album Never Been Better.

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31.

In 2015, Paul Weller made a West Coast Tour of the US to promote the Saturn's Pattern album.

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32.

Paul Weller joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in having the distinction.

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33.

On 15 May 2021 Paul Weller recorded live symphonic renditions of songs from his catalogue at the Barbican Centre in London with Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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34.

Since boyhood, Paul Weller has been inspired by a broad range of artists, records and musical styles.

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35.

Paul Weller became a big fan of many of the Britpop bands he had influenced, including Oasis, Blur, the Charlatans, Supergrass, and many others.

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36.

Paul Weller embraced the influence of David Bowie, despite having once said that all but three of his records were "pish".

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37.

In 2012, Paul Weller invaded a live radio interview with singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan to praise his songs 'Alone Again ' and 'Nothing Rhymed' as "two of my favourite songs, great lyrics, great tunes".

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38.

Paul Weller has curated numerous playlists and CDs for magazines over the years.

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39.

Between the summer of 1977 and around August 1985, Paul Weller was in a relationship with Gill Price, a fashion designer from Bromley.

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40.

Paul Weller's worked in the Jam's offices, contributed to Weller's fanzines, and frequently toured with them so can be seen in various behind-the-scenes photos.

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41.

Paul Weller has another daughter, Dylan, with make-up artist, Lucy Halperin.

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42.

Paul Weller became involved with Samantha Stock whilst he was recording at the Manor studio, later having two children together, Jesamine and Stevie Mac .

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43.

In October 2008, Stock and Paul Weller broke up and Paul Weller moved in with Hannah Andrews, a backing singer on his 22 Dreams album, who has toured with his band.

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44.

The couple have twin boys, John Paul Weller and Bowie, who were born in 2012, and a daughter, Nova, born in 2017.

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45.

In late 1984, Paul Weller took part in Band Aid and then put together his own benefit record for the UK Miners' Strike, which was called "Soul Deep" and credited to the Council Collective.

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46.

Paul Weller has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male three times, and the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

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