Chesney Hawkes

Chesney Hawkes

A white man in his mid-thirties stands on a stage. He is reasonably tall, and has light brown hair with blonde highlights. He is holding a microphone in front of his mouth, as if singing. He is wearing jeans and a blue basketball uniform top.

Chesney Hawkes pictured on stage in 2008
Background information
Birth name Chesney Lee Hawkes
Born (1971-09-22) 22 September 1971
Origin Windsor, Berkshire, England
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active 1990–present
Labels Chrysalis Records
Right Track Records
Website Official website

Chesney Lee Hawkes (born 22 September 1971), is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He is best known for his 1991 single "The One and Only", which topped the UK Singles Chart, and reached the Top 10 in the United States.

Life and career

Chesney Hawkes, 2004

Hawkes was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, to Carol (née Dilworth) and Leonard Hawkes. Chesney was named after the singer and comedian Chesney Allen. His father is the singer Len 'Chip' Hawkes, formerly with the 1960s band The Tremeloes.[1] His mother is former actress/game show hostess, Carol Dilworth, who appeared in an episode of the 1960s version of Randall and Hopkirk called "For The Girl Who Has Everything", as well as the 1969 horror movie The Haunted House of Horror. Keely Hawkes, his sister, was the lead singer of 1990s band Transister, and is currently a songwriter based in Los Angeles. He attended Charters School in Sunningdale.

Hawkes's career began at 19, when he appeared as the title character in the film Buddy's Song. In March 1991, he released his biggest single "The One and Only" from the film's soundtrack, on which his younger brother, Jodie, was the drummer. Written by Nik Kershaw, the song was later featured in the opening credits of Doc Hollywood (1991), starring Michael J. Fox; in the 2009 movie Moon, as the song Sam Rockwell wakes up to every morning; and again in the 2011 film Source Code (also directed by Moon director Duncan Jones) as the mobile phone ringtone of Michelle Monaghan's character. The single spent five weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. He has released eight singles including "I'm a Man Not a Boy" and "Another Fine Mess".

In 1993, his single "What's Wrong With This Picture?" reached number 63 in the UK, and his 2002 collaboration with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, "Stay Away Baby Jane", reached number 74 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In 1995, Hawkes performed a cover version of The Sweet's song "Wig Wam Bam" and reached number 80 in the chart.

Hawkes returned to the media's attention with his involvement in Channel 4's The Games in March 2005, in which he won a Bronze Medal. He also took part in the ITV programme Hit Me Baby One More Time in April that year. He released a single called "Another Fine Mess" in May 2005, it reached number 48; it was his biggest-selling single for over a decade.[2] The following album of the same title featured fifteen songs written by Hawkes.[3]

Hawkes was involved in a project called the Lexus Symphony Orchestra, a corporate promotion designed to showcase the quality of Lexus' in-car audio systems. Hawkes composed two original pieces of music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra for these events held at Castle Howard and Crystal Palace, in August 2007.

Hawkes appeared in a musical, Can't Smile Without You (featuring songs of Barry Manilow). In the show, Hawkes plays the part of Tony Lowiman who falls in love with a girl called Mandy when he visits New York. Things take a turn for the worse when Tony is brutally attacked one night outside a club. The musical includes over 40 Barry Manilow songs. National tour started at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on 15 September 2008, prior to performances in the West End.[4]

Hawkes appeared briefly in a cherry picker on Celebrity Big Brother (shown on 8 January 2009) on Channel 4. "The One and Only" was used as a cue to have contestants worship at a Chesney Hawkes shrine.

In January 2011, Hawkes performed at the live finale of Louie Spence's Showbusiness.[5]

During February and March 2011, he took part in the BBC series Let's Dance For Comic Relief.[6] He now performs a mixture of his own material and covers at University Freshers week. In May that year, Hawkes took part in the ITV series Sing If You Can.[7] In September, he appeared as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On 24 December 2011, he appeared on the ITV programme Text Santa with Ant & Dec.

Hawkes was due to take part on ITV's skating programme Dancing on Ice in 2012 but after fracturing his ankle, he had to pull out. He was replaced by Chico Slimani. In May, played at Lakefest festival.[8] In December, he appeared as an accident-prone version of himself in the ITV comedy drama Panto!.

In 2015, he competed in Celebrity MasterChef on BBC One. Chesney was eliminated in the first of the semi-finals of the show.

Personal life

Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne is a fan, and Hawkes performed as a surprise at his birthday party.[9]

He is married to an American named Kristina,[10] and together they have three children, and are currently living in LA together

He is a fan of West Ham United F.C.




Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1991 "The One and Only" 1 3 9 3 8 1 4 2 5 10 Buddy's Song/
The One and Only (US title)
"I'm a Man Not a Boy" 27 25 20 44 28 32
"Secrets of the Heart" 57 68
1993 "What's Wrong With This Picture" 63 71 29 Get The Picture
"Missing You Already" (NED only)
1994 "Black Or White People" (NED only)
2002 "Stay Away Baby Jane" 74 Another Fine Mess
2005 "Another Fine Mess" 48
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released.



  1. "One-Hit Wonders at the BBC". 17 April 2015. BBC Four. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. 1 2 3 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 246. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. "Chesney Hawkes official website". Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  4. "Bill Kenwright Ltd Presents Can't Smile Without You". "Bill Kenwright Ltd". 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2008.
  5. "Live at The Showbusiness Finale -". 1 April 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  6. "Chesney Hawkes, Lulu for 'Let's Dance' – TV News". Digital Spy. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  7. "On tonight's Sing If You Can: Chesney Hawkes, Martin Bayfield, Tricia Penrose, Craig Doyle, Roxanne Pallett & Leanne Jones". 14 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  8. "Lakefest 2012: Line-up 2012". 20 January 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  9. Roberts, David (9 February 2009). "Bannatyne tells birthday guests: I will never retire". The Northern Echo.
  10. "What I know about women: Chesney Hawkes". The Scotsman. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  11. "96.4 Eagle Radio Celebrity Interviews". 96.4 Eagle Radio. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  12. "Official Charts Company: Chesney Hawkes". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  13. "Chesney Hawkes – US HOT 100". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
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