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Alison Moyet, Dublin 2008
|Birth name||Genevieve Alison Jane Moyet|
18 June 1961|
Billericay, Essex, England
|Origin||Billericay, Essex, England|
|Genres||Pop, Rock, Blues|
W14 Music (2006-)
Early life and career
Alison Moyet was born in Billericay, Essex, England. Her father was French; her mother was English. She grew up in Basildon, where she attended school. She left school age 16 and trained as a piano tuner. She was involved in a number of punk rock, pub rock and blues bands in the South East Essex area during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including The Vandals and the Screamin' Ab Dabs, The Vicars and The Little Roosters.
Moyet's pop career began in 1981 when she formed the electropop group Yazoo with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke. Yazoo had several hits, including "Only You", "Don't Go", "Situation" and "Nobody's Diary", and recorded two albums, 'Upstairs at Eric's' and 'You and Me Both'.
In 1983 Moyet and Clarke decided to quit Yazoo. Clarke formed The Assembly and later Erasure; Moyet started a solo career. Moyet reunited with Clarke as Yazoo for a live tour during 2008.