Simon Le Bon, born October 27, 1958, is the lead singer of the globally famous band, Duran Duran. Other than singing, his prowess as a musician also includes songwriting and lyricism. He’s also a part of Duran Duran’s side project, Arcadia. Throughout his career, Le Bon has been awarded three Ivor Novello Awards by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. Let’s celebrate his special day!
Simon John Charles Le Bon
Charlie, Charley, Simon
October 27, 1958
Simon Le Bon is a well-known name in the English entertainment industry. His time with the band Duran Duran has earned him worldwide success and recognition. He was born Simon John Charles Le Bon on October 27, 1958, in Hertfordshire, England. He is the eldest of three children, with brothers David and Jonathan. Venturing into art when he was very young, Le Bon was trained as an actor and became an active member of the local church choir. He studied drama at university and finished an art foundation course. During his time as a student, Le Bon appeared in a few T.V. commercials and theater productions.
He was introduced to fellow members of Duran Duran, John Taylor, and Nick Rhodes, in 1980. He passed the audition as a vocalist and began playing with the band in the same year. They started by playing around the Nottingham, London, and Birmingham areas, and signed a record deal with E.M.I. Records at the end of the year. By 1981, Le Bon debuted with Duran Duran by releasing their self-titled first album. Through this, he immediately earned his breakthrough with the group, and also gained fame by being a part of the U.K. underground subculture, the New Romantic movement. This success was followed by their first tour in the same year. Not long after that, Duran Duran released their second album “Rio” in 1982, “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” in 1983, and “Arena” in 1984. Le Bon formed a Duran Duran sub-group called Arcadia in 1985, with a debut (and only) album “So Red The Rose.” The single ‘Election Day’ charted in the U.K. and U.S. top 10. He founded the agency S.Y.N. Entertainment in Tokyo, Japan, and its record label, S.Y.N. Records, in 1998. The agency would later help produce Duran Duran’s future albums. Le Bon is now hosting the Duran Duran radio show “WHOOOSH!” with Katy Krassner, which airs on SiriusXM and can also be found on Spotify.
Le Bon has been married to English model Yasmin Parvaneh since 1985. The couple has had three daughters, and eventually grandchildren since 2018. His wife has also been involved in founding S.Y.N. Entertainment. Le Bon is known for being active in the yacht racing scene, having owned a maxi yacht he called Drum. Even though he got into an accident in 1985, he went back to racing again soon after.
Le Bon passes the audition as their vocalist and joins the band, eventually signing a record deal with E.M.I. Records.
After signing onto a record label, the band releases their self-titled debut album.
After the massive success of their debut album, Le Bon and the band tours the United Kingdom.
During the group's hiatus, Le Bon forms the band Arcadia along with fellow Duran Duran member Nick Rhodes.
With his wife Yasmin and friend Nick Wood, Le Bon forms the agency S.Y.N. Entertainment.
Marking this as his latest endeavor, Le Bon starts hosting the radio music show ‘WHOOOSH!’
Why We Love Simon Le Bon
He is a fun and entertaining person
Le Bon is also said to be a funny and animated person on and off-stage. During interviews or while answering questions for fans, he appears to be excited.
He’s a remarkably humble person
Even after years of success, Le Bon remains humble. He never hesitates in sharing his experience with Duran Duran candidly during interviews.
He utilizes his platform for fundraising
Being one of the most famous singers in the world, Le Bon has used his Twitter account to spread information about donations and charities several times. One of them is the Tall Ships Youth Trust, which helps vulnerable young children achieve their dream of sailing.
5 Surprising Facts
His ex-girlfriend helped shape Duran Duran
Le Bon was introduced to the members of the band by Fiona Kemp, his ex-girlfriend, which would later earn him an audition.
He gives exercising tips
He said that running too much can ruin your knees and that he prefers taking long walks.
This is his favorite music video
Besides his own, Le Bon said that the best music video of all time is ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears.
He does book reviews
He has his segment of reviewing books on the official Duran Duran website, titled Simon’s Reader.
He auditioned with a lyric notebook
Le Bon revealed that he auditioned for Duran Duran while carrying a notebook with his lyrics and poetry written in it.
Simon Le Bon FAQs
Is Simon Le Bon a real name?
Yes, it is. It’s a shortened version of Le Bon’s full name.
Why do they call Simon Le Bon ‘Charlie?’
It’s because one of Duran Duran’s bodyguards’ names was Simon. To avoid confusion, the band took Le Bon’s middle name, Charles, as a nickname.
Where does Simon Le Bon live now?
He lives with his family in London, England.
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