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Melanie Susan "Mel" Appleby (11 July 1966 – 18 January 1990) was one half of the 1980s English duo Mel and Kim. They had a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart in March 1987, with the song "Respectable".

Melanie Appleby
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Background information
Born11 July 1966
Hackney, London, England
Died18 January 1990(1990-01-18) (aged 23)
Westminster, London, England
Years active1985-1988
Associated actsMel and Kim



Appleby was born in Hackney, London, to a Jamaican father and a white British mother. She initially worked as a glamour model,[1] before joining her sister Kim Appleby to form Mel and Kim. The duo enjoyed considerable chart success in the late 1980s, achieving four UK top ten hits, including the number one "Respectable" (1987), while their debut album, F.L.M. (1987) spent 25 weeks on the UK chart and was certified platinum in the UK.[2]


Appleby died in Westminster, London, of cancer following treatment for metastatic paraganglioma on 18 January 1990.[3] She died at the age of 23 and is buried in East Finchley Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "The Story". Mel and Kim. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Mel and Kim". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Kim Appleby". BBC Music. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Melanie Susan Appleby". Find a Grave. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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