Calvin Harris 1984 – Present

Calvin Harris

 

Father – David Wiles
Mother – Pamela Noon
Spouse – none
Children – none

 

1984 (17th January)
Calvin Harris was born Adam Richard Wiles to David Wiles and his wife Pamela in Dumfries, Scotland. He was the couple’s third child, his sister Sophie and brother Edward had been born earlier.
1988 (September)
Adam Wiles began his education at Calside Primary School.
1996 (September)
Having left Primary School, Wiles began his secondary education at Dumfries High School.
1998 (around)
Young Adam Wiles became very interested in electronic music. He began making music on his Amiga computer.
1999 (during)
Wiles left school having gained no qualifications. He found employment in a fish factory before becomming a shelf stacker in Safeway. He spent most of his wages on DJ equipment which he taught himself to use and recorded a number of music demos.
2002 (early)
Using the pseudonym ‘Stouffer’ Wiles released two songs, ‘Da Bongos’ and Brighter Days’.
2003 (around)
Wiles moved to London hoping to be able to further his music career. He worked shifts in Marks and Spencer to pay bills.
2004 (during)
Still in London, Adam’s song ‘Let Me Know’ was released with Ayah Marar singing vocals. Disappointed that his time in London had not proved lucrative, Wiles returned to Scotland.
2004 (during)
Wiles worked in the Dumfries Marks and Spencer but continued making music in his spare time. He began posting his music to the then popular social media platform, My Space.
2006 (during)
Mark Gillespie, who had recently formed a music management company, heard Adam’s music and decided to sign him. Wiles decided to use the name Calvin Harris for his music because he felt it fitted better with the music he was making at the time.
2006 (during)
Harris gave up his job at Marks and Spencer to concentrate on music full time.
2006 (late)
Harris released a remix of the song ‘Rock Steady’ by the group All Saints.
2007 (March)
Calvin Harris was chosen to support Faithless and Groove Armada on their tour.
2007 (12th March)
The single ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ was released. It reached number 10 in the UK charts.
2007 (4th June)
The single ‘The Girls’ was released. It reached number 3 in the UK charts.
2007 (15th June)
Calvin Harris released his first album ‘I Created Disco’. It reached number 8 in the UK charts.
2007 (20th August)
The single ‘Merrymaking at My Place’ was released. It reached number 43 in the UK charts.
2007 (21st November)
Kylie Minogue’s album ‘X’ was released. It featured two songs written by Harris, ‘Heart Beat Rock’ and ‘In My Arms’.
2008 (30th June)
Calvin Harris featured on the Dizzee Rascal single ‘Dance Wiv Me’. It reached number 1 in the UK charts.
2008 (18th October)
Music by Harris was featured on BBC Radio 1’s programme Essential Mix.
2009 (6th April)
The single ‘I’m Not Alone’ was released. It reached number 1 in the UK charts.
2009 (9th August)
The single ‘Ready For The Weekend’ was released. It reached number 3 in the UK charts.
2009 (23rd August)
Calvin Harris produced Dizzee Rascal’s single ‘Holiday’ which reached number 1 in the UK charts.
2009 (14th August)
The album ‘Ready For The Weekend’ was released. It reached number 1 in the UK charts.
2009 (2nd November)
The single ‘Flashback’ was released. It reached number 18 in the UK charts.
2010 (8th February)
The single ‘You Used to Hold Me’ was released. It reached number 27 in the UK charts.
2010 (March)
Calvin Harris launched his own record label – Fly Eye Records specialising in electronic dance music.
2010 (18th August)
Calvin Harris produced the single ‘Hands’ by The Ting Tings.
2010 (14th November)
Harris invaded the X Factor stage wearing a pineapple on his head while Jedward were performing.
2011 (10th June)
The single ‘Bounce’ featuring singer Kelis was released. It reached number 2 in the UK charts.
2011 (19th August)
The single ‘Feel So Close’ was released. It reached number 2 in the UK and number 12 in the US charts.
2011 (late Summer)
American singer Rihanna chose Calvin Harris to support the European leg of her Loud Tour.
2011 (22nd September)
Calvin Harris wrote and produced the single ‘We Found Love’ by Rihanna. It reached number 1 in the UK and US charts.
2011 (4th November)
Calvin Harris featured on the Tinchy Stryder single ‘Off the Record’. It reached number 24 in the UK charts.
2012 (early)
Calvin Harris signed a residency deal with Wynn Las Vegas.
2012 (March)
Harris featured in a Pepsi Max advertisement playing ‘Let’s Go’ while famous footballers including Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba crowd-surfed.
2012 (30th March)
The single ‘Let’s Go’ featuring Ne-Yo was released. It reached number 2 in the UK and number 5 in the US charts.
2012 (27th July)
The single ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ featuring Example was released. It reached number 2 in the UK charts.
2012 (12th October)
The single ‘Sweet Nothing’ featuring Florence Welch was released. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 10 in the US charts.
2012 (26th October)
Calvin Harris released the album ’18 Months’. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 19 in the US charts.
2013 (27th January)
The single ‘Drinking From The Bottle’ featuring Tinie Tempah was released. It reached number 5 in the UK charts.
2013 (February)
Calvin Harris signed a 20 month residency deal with the Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas.
2013 (April)
Calvin Harris began a relationship with singer Rita Ora.
2013 (12th April)
The single ‘I Need Your Loving’ featuring Ellie Goulding was released. It reached number 4 in the UK and number 6 in the US charts.
2013 (May)
Forbes announced that Harris was the highest paid DJ for that the previous year.
2013 (16th May)
Harris received an Ivor Novello award for best songwriter of the year.
2013 (2nd August)
The single ‘Thinking About You’ featuring Ayah Marar was released. It reached number 8 in the UK and number 23 in the US charts.
2013 (11th November)
The Killers released the album ‘Direct Hits’ which featured a Calvin Harris remix of ‘When You Were Young’.
2013 (30th March)
The single ‘Let’s Go’ featuring Ne-Yo was released. It reached number 2 in the UK and number 5 in the US charts.
2014 (14th March)
The single ‘Summer’ was released. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 7 in the US charts.
2014 (31st March)
Rita Ora’s single ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ produced by Harris, was released. It reached number 1 in the UK charts.
2014 (April)
Harris performed at the Coachella Festival, California.
2013 (June)
Calvin Harris’s relationship with singer Rita Ora ended.
2014 (5th September)
The single ‘Blame’ was released. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 19 in the US charts.
2014 (20th October)
The single ‘Outside’ featuring Ellie Goulding was released. It reached number 6 in the UK and number 29 in the US charts.
2014 (31st October)
The album ‘Motion’ was released. It reached number 2 in the UK and number 5 in the US charts.
2014 (17th December)
It was announced that Calvin Harris had agreed a sponsorship deal with Emporio ARmani men’s underwear line.
2015 (January)
Calvin Harris signed extended his residency deal with the Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas for a further three years.
2015 (27th January)
The single ‘Open Wide’ featuring Big Sean was released. It reached number 23 in the UK charts.
2015 (2nd February)
The single ‘Pray to God’ featuring Haim was released. It reached number 35 in the UK charts.
2015 (March)
Calvin Harris began a relationship with singer Taylor Swift.
2015 (30th March)
Calvin Harris was named as a co-owner of the music streaming service, Tidal.
2015 (20th July)
Calvin Harris and Disciples released the single ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ featuring Ina Wroldson. It reached number 2 in the UK and number 27 in the US charts.
2016 (29th April)
The single ‘This Is What You Came For’ featuring Rihanna was released. It reached number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the US charts.
2016 (June)
Calvin Harris’s relationship with singer Taylor Swift ended.
2016 (24th June)
Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal released the single ‘Hype’. It reached number34 in the UK charts.
2016 (16th September)
The single ‘My Way’ was released. It reached number 4 in the UK and number 12 in the US charts.
2016 (late)
Calvin Harris closed his record label – Fly Eye Records because he had changed musical direction.
2017 (23rd February)
The single ‘Slide’ featuring Frank Ocean and Migos was released. It reached number 10 in the UK and number 25 in the US charts.
2017 (31st March)
The single ‘Heatstroke’ featuring Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande was released. It reached number 25 in the UK and number 96 in the US charts.
2017 (12th May)
The single ‘Rollin’ featuring Future and Khalid was released. It reached number 43 in the UK and number 62 in the US charts.
2017 (15th June)
The single ‘Feels’ featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean was released. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 20 in the US charts.
2017 (30th June)
The album ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1’ was released. It reached number 2 in the UK and US charts.
2017 (17th October)
The single ‘Faking It’ featuring Kehlani and Lil Yachty was released. It reached number 97 in the UK and number 94 in the US charts.
2018 (8th February)
The single ‘Nah Ready’ featuring PartyNextDoor was released. It reached number 48 in the UK charts.
2018 (6th April)
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa released the single ‘One Kiss’. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 26 in the US charts.
2018 (August)
Calvin Harris began a two month Friday night residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza.
2018 (17th August)
Calvin Harris and Sam Smith released the single ‘Promises’. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 65 in the US charts.
2018 (2nd November)
Calvin Harris and Benny Bianco released the single ‘I Found You’. It reached number 29 in the UK and number 37 in the US charts.
2019 (11th January)
Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man released the single ‘Giant’. It reached number 2 in the UK charts.
2019 (5th April)
Calvin Harris re-released the single ‘I’m Not Alone’. It reached number 66 in the UK charts.

 

Published Dec 1, 2019 @ 2:35 pm – Updated – Dec 1, 2019 @ 2:46 pm

 

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Heather Y Wheeler. (2019). Calvin Harris 1984 – Present Day. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/calvin-harris-1984-present. Last accessed December 9th, 2019