Kim Wilde's father Marty Wilde had some chart success in the UK in the late '50s and early '60s with cover versions of American hits such as "A Teenager In Love
" and "Rubber Ball
." Kim started out as a backing vocalist for her father on live dates. She signed a recording deal in 1980 with Mickie Most's RAK label and first hit the charts with "Kids In America," one of a succession of songs written by her brother Ricky and produced by him and Marty. In 1986 Kim had her only American #1 with her cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On
." Her only other American Top 40 hit was "Kids In America," which reached #25, but in her native Britain she was more successful, achieving eight Top 10 hits. She is now better known in Britain as a TV gardening expert.