Scottish singer/songwriter and producer Jimmie O'Neal first appeared in the late '70s with Fingerprintz
, an eclectic band that recorded for Virgin from 1979 to 1981 and also released an album for Stiff.
O'Neal produced and co-wrote much of Jacqui Brookes' 1984 LP Sob Stories, and then formed the Silencers in 1986 with guitarist Cha Burns (also a graduate of Fingerprintz
), plus bassist Joe Donnelly and drummer Martin Hanlin. Signed to RCA, the group debuted in 1987 with A Letter From St. Paul. The Silencers hit the charts during 1988-1989 with two modest British hits, "Painted Moon" and "Scottish Rain," and recorded A Blues for Buddha and Dance to the Holy Man. ~ John Bush, Rovi