Camelle Hinds


Talented singer/songwriter Camelle Hinds first burst onto the music scene with UK Britfunk/soul band Central Line in the late 1970’s…

As one of the original founding members along with Steve Salvari, Lipson Francis & Henry Defoe, Camelle had previously been in a band called TFB (Typical Funk Band), which also included Kenny Wellington who went on to form Light of the World & drummer Errol Kennedy, who later joined Imagination. After these departures & the subsequent recruitment of Linton Beckles & Jake Le Mesurier & a new identity as Central Line, by 1979 they had been signed to Mercury Records & of all the bands involved in the burgeoning Britfunk scene of the 1980’s, they were the ones who came closest to exporting the movement across to the USA.

Artist-Page-ImageCentral Line’s first single was ‘What We Got (It’s Hot)’ led to tours with Roy Ayers, The Real Thing & the late Grover Washington Jnr. However, after the follow-up single flopped a re-think was needed & in February 1981 ‘(You Know) You Can Do It’ became a UK Top 40 chart hit. They then hooked up with producer Roy Carter (ex-Heatwave) to produce the classic ‘Walking Into Sunshine’, which did well in both the US & UK dance charts & was followed by ‘Don’t Tell Me’ & ‘You’ve Said Enough’ (both getting into the UK Top 60).

But Central Line’s biggest hit came in January 1983 when ‘Nature Boy’ peaked at No.21 in the UK, but by this time the Britfunk scene was in decline & the group achieved only one more hit, with ‘Surprise Surprise’ (June 1983), before disbanding.

SS3 (2)Camelle then turned to singing & songwriting chores & in 1986 he formed Hindsight, along with another ex-Central Line member Henri Defoe for Circa Records. They  released a series of singles & an album followed entitled ‘Days Like These’ in 1987. He then went solo after the break up of Hindsight & became a much sought after session singer/bassist, working alongside Acid Jazz co-founder, Chris Bangs & playing bass for Heaven 17Jimmy Ruffin.

He has since toured with the likes of Paul Weller & released the LP ‘Soul Degrees’ (Victor Records, Japan) which contained the much sought after track ‘Sausolito Calling’.

His appearance in the collection of Brit funk all stars who made up Beggar & Co (The Original Light Of The World) @ Summer Soulstice on the day, was a pure crowd pleaser & we look forward to having Camelle back to the event sometime soon…

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