Throwback Friday: “Holding Back the Years” by Simply Red

Rounding out my music related posts for today, I wanted to pick something mellow from the 80s and “Holding Back the Years” by Simply Red came to mind. It’s on their album entitled “Picture Book” originally released in 1985. Simply Red’s lead singer Mick Hucknall (aka “Red”) from the UK wrote the song when he was 17 years old. The song is inspired by Red’s childhood having been raised by his father after his mother left the home when he was 3 years old. “Holding Back the Years” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1986.