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Kirsty MacColl (b.October 10, 1959, Croydon, South London, UK - d.December 18, 2000 in Cozumel, Mexico) was an English singer-songwriter. The daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl and dancer Jean Newlove; sister of Hamish MacColl and half-sister to Kitty MacColl, Neill MacColl (of The Bible) and Calum MacColl (of Liberty Horses), Aunt of Jamie MacColl (of Bombay Bicycle Club).
After a brief stint in 1978 with her first band The Drug Addix, she went solo and scored a big hit with the single "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" in 1981. In 1984, she married producer Steve Lillywhite, and had two children Jamie Lillywhite (manager of Ellie Goulding) and Louis Lillywhite. She decided to concentrate less on her music and raise her children by solely performing back-up vocals on various projects. In 1987, one of her contributions was the Christmas hit with The Pogues "Fairytale of New York". She later came back in 1989 to record the "Kite" album. In 1991, she put out her "Electric Landlady" album which provided her with the very big hit "Walking Down Madison". A few years later in 1993, "Titanic Days" was released.
Kirsty died in Cozumel, Mexico after being hit by a speedboat which had crossed into an area restricted to swimmers only. Her final recording "Tropical Brainstorm" was released in the UK shortly before her death in 2000; videos of some promotional appearances are available on YouTube. The US release was posthumous, in early 2001.
Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was a British singer and songwriter. She recorded several pop hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" and cover versions of Billy Bragg's "A New England" and The Kinks' "Days." Her song "They Don't Know" was covered with great success by Tracey Ullman. MacColl also sang on recordings produced by her then-husband Steve Lillywhite, most notably "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues.