28/08/08 - 1991 - Spa DJ hit the charts with Utah Saints

BACK in August 1991 a Horncastle DJ hit the charts as one half of pioneering dance music duo Utah Saints.

Tim Garbutt, who used to live in Woodhall Spa, was 22-years-old when 'What Can You Do For Me', the band's first hit, reached number 10 in the UK charts.

It was helped on its way up the charts by it selling out in the Horncastle branch of Woolworths within minutes on the day it was released.

The track featured samples from the Eurythmics' 'There Must Be an Angel' and Gwen Guthrie's 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent'.

Its success and the success of follow up singles, including Something Good, which was re-released and again made the top ten earlier this year, and Believe in Me shot Utah Saints on to the worldwide stage.

They were one of the first electronic dance acts to move their style music from nightclubs to stadiums with slots supporting bands such as U2.

According to a report in the News in August 1991, Tim's family used to live in Kirkby on Bain and he attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Horncastle.

At the time his mum, Shan, said music was the "love of his life" and he started out as a 'bedroom mixer' – DJing and producing music from his room at home.

In 1989 he came third in an international mixing championships battling against DJs from all over the world.

Tim and Utah Saints are still making music and playing to audiences around the world.

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