Mike Reid

There appears to be two artists with this name.

1/ Michael Reid (19 January 1940 – 29 July 2007) was an English comedian and character actor, from Hackney in east London, who is best remembered for playing the role of Frank Butcher in EastEnders and hosting the popular children’s TV show Runaround. He was also noted for his gravelly voice and strong Cockney accent.

He capitalised on his initial success with a one-off hit record, a novelty version of The Ugly Duckling recorded on PYE records. In 1975 it reached number 10 in the BBC Top 50 Singles Chart. In 1975 he also became the host of the ITV children’s TV quiz show Runaround, fondly remembered for its incomprehensible rules and the incongruity of Reid as presenter. Runaround ended in 1981.

He also recorded a duet with EastEnders co-star Barbara Windsor which was released as a single in 1992,
and from Barbara Windsor’s album You’ve Got A Friend.

2/ Michael Barry (Mike) Reid (born May 24, 1947 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is a retired professional American football defensive lineman and Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter. After several years playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, Reid retired from football and began his work as a singer-songwriter, penning several hit singles for country music artists, including Ronnie Milsap’s "Stranger in My House", which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1984.

Reid later embarked on a solo recording career, releasing two studio albums for Columbia Records (then known as CBS Records). He charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts as a singer.

Between football seasons, Reid would perform as a pianist for the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. During this time, he met Larry Gatlin, who helped Reid start his songwriting career. In 1984, he won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song with "Stranger in My House", which was recorded by Ronnie Milsap. Reid would also work with Marie Osmond, Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, Alabama and Conway Twitty. In the 1980s and 1990s, Reid wrote twelve number one hits. [2] He was also featured as a guest vocalist on Milsap’s "Old Folks", a #2 hit from 1986.

In 1990, Reid started his own singing career, recording two albums for Columbia Records (then known as CBS Records) and charting six more singles, including the Number One hit "Walk on Faith". He also wrote Bonnie Raitt’s pop standard "I Can’t Make You Love Me". Reid was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. [3]

By 1991, Reid tried his hand in a new field by composing the music for the Civil War musical, "A House Divided". After that he wrote six more musicals/operas. The titles include "Quilts", "Different Fields", "Eye of the Blackbird", "Tales of Appalachia", "In This House" and "The Ballad of Little Jo" (Richard Rodgers Award winner).

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