Career highlights: Kim Wilde exploded onto the music scene in 1981 with the new wave classic "Kids in America", which hit number two in the UK Singles Chart. Major U.S. success eluded her until 1987, when she topped the charts with her version of The Supremes' hit "You Keep Me Hangin' On".
Music contributions: 'Kids in America', 'Chequered Love' and 'Water on Glass'
Kim Wilde is the first child of 1950s rock 'n' roller Marty Wilde (real name Reginald Smith) and Joyce Baker, formerly of the British singing and dancing group The Vernons Girls.
Wilde released her debut single "Kids in America" in January 1981. An instant success, it reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and scaled the Top 5 in other countries such as Germany, France and Australia.
Wilde sang the track "I Got You Babe" together with Ali Campbell from UB40 live on stage in Brussels during the Stars Of Europe concert on 24 March 2007. She did the same a year later, on 3 April 2008, during Campbell's one night only concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Kim Wilde holds the record for being the most-charted British solo female act of the 1980s, with seventeen UK Top 40 hit singles throughout the decade