Who is Johnny Thirkell anyway?

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Johnny Thirkell is a British trumpet and flugelhorn player, who has appeared on thousands of pop, rock, and jazz recordings. Having featured on 16 No.1 records, through the 1980s and early 1990s he was on at least one album in the UK Charts continuously, without a break, for over 13 years.

In 2009 he had two consecutive UK No.1 singles with Pixie Lott and was the first person to be inducted into the Musician’s Union “Hall of Fame” He also played trumpet on the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars 2014 smash hit “Uptown Funk”

He is also known for playing with Level 42 in partnership with fellow ‘Brit’ and Saxophonist Gary Barnacle; and were known at this time as “The Phantom Horns”.

His other credits include artists such as George MichaelJamiroquaiUB40CherTina TurnerPet Shop BoysSwing Out Sister and many more, along with stints in the BBC Radio Big BandBuddy Rich Orchestra and Gil Evans Orchestra.

John is also Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of digital music venture PureSolo, who have built mobile and online apps for Coca-Cola, Elvis Presley, The X-Factor, Pink, David Guetta and many others.

His recording credits include:

  • Level 42 – Forever Now Group Member
  • Level 42 – Guaranteed – Group Member
  • Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth – Trumpet, Horn Arrangements
  • Jamiroquai – Bad Girls Live – Trumpet
  • Jamiroquai – Return of the Space Cowboy – Trumpet, Horn Arrangements
  • George Michael – Older – Flugelhorn, Upper Flugelhorn & Trumpet
  • UB40 – Labour of Love II – Trumpet
  • Swing Out Sister – Breakout – Trumpet
  • Swing Out Sister – Surrender – Trumpet
  • Tina Turner – Simply the Best – Trumpet
  • Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits – Trumpet
  • Jools Holland – World of His Own – Trumpet
  • Phil Collins – Prince’s Trust Concert 1987 & 2010 – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Pet Shop Boys – Go West – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Pet Shop Boys – Nothing Has Been Proved – Brass
  • Nacha Pop – El Momento 
  • Status Quo – Don’t Stop: 30th Anniversary Album – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Westlife – My Girl – Trumpet
  • Westlife – What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Trumpet
  • Lisa Stansfield – Lisa Stanfield – Horn Arrangements, Trumpet
  • Lisa Stansfield – Swing (Original Soundtrack) – Trumpet
  • Queen – Princes Trust 2010 – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
  • Kylie Minogue – Fever – Flute, Trumpet
  • Kylie Minogue – Let’s Get To It – Trumpet
  • Kylie Minogue – Better the Devil You Know – Trumpet
  • Tom Jones – Reload – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Spandau Ballet – Heart Like a Sky – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • M People – Bizarre Fruit – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Prefab Sprout – Jordan: The Comeback – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Take That – Nobody Else – Trumpet
  • ABC – Lexicon of Love – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Roger Waters – Radio Kaos – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Bros – Changing Faces – Trumpet
  • Eric Clapton – Prince’s Trust Concert 1987 & 2010 – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Stereo MC’s – Connected – Trumpet
  • Randy Crawford – Rich & Poor – Trumpet
  • Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine – Trumpet
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Satellite – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Torn – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Culture Club – Your Kisses Are Charity – Trumpet
  • The Style Council – Have You Ever Had It Blue – Trumpet
  • Lionel Richie – Renaissance – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • The The – Infected (Sony Reissue) – Trumpet
  • The The – Dusk – Trumpet
  • Anastacia – One Day in Your Life 
  • Cher – Living Proof – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • George Harrison – Princes Trust Concert 1987 – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Ringo Starr – Princes Trust Concert 1987 – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Miriam Stockley – Second Nature – Trumpet
  • Swing Out Sister – Live at the Jazz Cafe – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Byron Stingily – Club Stories – Trumpet
  • Culture Club – Don’t Mind If I Do – Trumpet
  • Jakko Jakszyk – The Road to Ballina – Trumpet
  • Tom Jones – Reload – Trumpet
  • Maxi Priest – CombiNation – Trumpet
  • Dany Brillant – Nouveau Jour – Arranger, Trumpet
  • Tina Turner – Wildest Dreams – Trumpet
  • M People – Fresco – Trumpet
  • Warren Shaw – Other Side of Midnight – Horn, Trumpet
  • Right Said Fred – Smashing! – Trumpet
  • Angélique Kidjo – Fifa – Trumpet
  • Kiko Veneno – Esta Muy Bien Eso Del Carino – Trumpet
  • Angélique Kidjo – Aye – Trumpet
  • Swing Out Sister – Living Return – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Dorado – Dorado: The Gold Sessions – Trumpet
  • Alejandro Sanz – Si Tu Me Miras – Trumpet
  • Pet Shop Boys – Very – Conductor, Brass
  • Pet Shop Boys – Relentless – Brass
  • Clive Griffin – Clive Griffin – Trumpet
  • Isabel Pantoja – Corazon Herido – Trumpet
  • Swing Out Sister – Get in Touch with Yourself – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Diesel – Hepfidelity – Trumpet
  • 29 Palms – Fatal Joy – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Big Dish – Satellites – Trumpet
  • Wop Bop Torledo – Wop Bop Torledo – Trumpet
  • The Beautiful South – Welcome to the Beautiful South – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • The Beautiful South – Carry On Up the Charts – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • The Sugarcubes – Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! – Trumpet
  • Jimmy Somerville – Read My Lips – Trumpet
  • Tony Banks – Bankstatement – Trumpet
  • Randy Crawford – Rich and Poor – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Clive Griffin – Step by Step – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Toni Childs – Union – Trumpet
  • Hothouse Flowers – People – Trumpet
  • Was (Not Was) – What Up, Dog? – Trumpet
  • Do Re Mi The Happiest Place in Town – Trumpet
  • Big Dish Creeping up on Jesus – Trumpet
  • Grace Jones – Slave to the Rhythm – Percussion, Trumpet
  • Elaine Paige – Stages – Flugelhorn
  • Pixie Lott – Mama Do – Trumpet
  • Pixie Lott – Boys & Girls – Trumpet
  • James Morrison – Songs For You, Truths For Me – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
  • Kiri Te Kanawa – World in Union – Trumpet
  • Jamie Cullum – Princes Trust 2010 – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Paloma Faith – Princes Trust 2010 – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk – Trumpet

4 thoughts on “Who is Johnny Thirkell anyway?

  1. WHOUUUU I HAVE NOT TIME TO READ ALL§§§G.MIKAEL AND SWING OUT SISTER GOOD GOOD AND LISA A GREAT MAN LOVE§§§

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