Soldier, Soldier was a huge television hit in the early nineties. It starred Robson Green and Jerome Flynn. In the program they sang ‘Unchained Melody’, Simon knew it would be a hit record and went to great lengths to sign them up. They produced Simon’s first number one record. Their second record of the old Bachelors hit ‘I Believe’ also went to number one, followed by the album becoming the best selling album of 1995.
Simon was now top of his tree, there were some disappointments along the way, he narrowly missed out on signing The Spice Girls, but little did he know then, that Westlife were just around the corner.
Simon met with Louis Walsh their manager and between them they created probably the biggest boy band this country has seen in recent years.
Unfortunately for Simon, the day their first record went to number one, was the day his father died, so the euphoria was obviously sadly diminished. Westlife went on to sell millions of singles and albums, including the number one millennium single.