Nicky Chinn is one half of the most successful song writing duo of the 1970’s. For nearly a decade he and his partner, Mike Chapman, dominated the British pop scene and were rarely without a Top Ten Hit.
In 1970 Nicky teamed up with Mike Chapman and 1971 saw the start of their longstanding relationship with the band Sweet, with “Funny Funny” the first of
13 chart hits – including Nicky’s first UK No.1 “Blockbuster”. In 1973, Chinn and Chapman achieved their first US top 3 with Sweet’s single “Little Willy” shortly to be followed into the US top five by “Ballroom Blitz” by the same band.
Other artists Chinn and Chapman wrote for and produced included Suzi Quatro (9 hit singles, including two No.1’s), Mud (10 hit singles, including three No.1’s) and Smokie (10 hit singles, including the worldwide hit “Living Next Door To Alice”). In 1973, Chinn and Chapman won the prestigious Ivor Novello “Songwriters of the Year” award and in 1974 received the Ivor Novello for ”Best Selling Single Of The Year” for Mud’s “Tiger Feet”.
In 1978, following the No. 1 US hit by Exile – “Kiss You All Over” – Nicky went to live in Los Angeles where he and Mike carried on writing hits into the early 1980’s, for artists such as Tina Turner and Huey Lewis, while in 1982 “Mickey”, by Toni Basil, went to No.1 in the US and around the world.In 1997 he won the Jimmy Kennedy Ivor Novello Award For “Outstanding Career Achievement For Songwriting”.