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Nick Kamen (1962–2021), Levi’s model and singer who worked with Madonna

by Linnea Crowther

Nick Kamen was an English model and singer best known for the songs “Each Time You Break My Heart” and “I Promised Myself.”

Levi’s commercial and work with Madonna

Kamen was featured on the cover of The Face magazine in 1984 before becoming known to a wider audience for starring in a 1985 Levi’s commercial. In it, he stripped down in a laundromat to wash his jeans while wearing only boxers. In 1986, Kamen released his first single, “Each Time You Break My Heart,” which was written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray; Madonna also sang backing vocals. His 1990 single “I Promised Myself,” which Kamen also wrote, was popular across Europe. Both songs were modest hits on U.S. dancefloors. Kamen’s other singles included “Tell Me” and “Turn it Up.”

Tributes to Nick Kamen

Full obituary: CNN

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