Formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1985, when singer-songwriter Ricky Ross was advised by his song publishers to find a band to perform his compositions. Taking their name from the Steely Dan hit, Deacon Blue’s 1987 debut album RAINTOWN spawned six singles in the U.K., including the excellent "Chocolate Girl." Their sophomore effort, WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME, topped the British album charts in 1989, and produced their first U.K. top 10 hit, "Real Gone Kid." Despite teaming up with DJs/remixers Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne, 1993’s WHATEVER YOU SAY, SAY NOTHING received a tepid response and the band split in mid-1994. Ross embarked on a solo career, releasing a credible solo album in 1996, but re-formed Deacon Blue to record a new studio album, HOMESICK, in 2001.