Berkshire-born singer, songwriter and occasional actor, Chesney Hawkes, is best known for his hit The One and Only, which topped the charts for five weeks in 1991. The song was taken from the soundtrack of the film Buddy’s Song – in which Chesney was cast as the lead character – and became a nationwide hit. He was just 19 when he shot to fame overnight.
The hit song was written by Nik Kershaw and has been used throughout the entertainment industry in many films and TV shows, including Doc Hollywood, Moon and Source Code.
Chesney was born into showbusiness; his mother, Carol Dilworth, was a gameshow host and actress whilst his father, is singer Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes, who found fame with 60’s bands The Tremeloes. Chesney’s namesake was Chesney Allen, the popular World War Two singer and comedian and half of the double act Flanagan and Allen.
Chesney’s sister, Keely Hawkes has also followed the family into the music industry, she fronted 90’s band Transister and is now working as a songwriter in Los Angeles.
He has released six albums and has had six singles appear in UK charts. I’m a Man Not a Boy reached number 27 in May 1991, whilst Another Fine Mess peaked at number 48 in 2005. He is still very active in the music industry, continuing to host live performances across the UK and performing in pantomimes most winters.
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Listen to Chesney’s hit single The One And Only, here: