Mike Nolan began performing in the mid-1970s in pubs around London, playing the guitar and singing mostly old Irish ballads. He was also auditioning for a variety of groups as a vocalist.
In 1980, Nolan was contacted by composer/manager Nichola Martin. She had a song entitled "Making Your Mind Up", which had been composed by her boyfriend, Andy Hill, and was intending to enter it for the heats to the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest. The demo was recorded by Nolan and Martin and was accepted as one of the finalists. Martin then worked on finding other singers to build a group around him.
Nolan along with singers Bobby G, Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston became known as Bucks Fizz. In March, they won the 1981 A Song for Europe with "Making Your Mind Up". On Saturday 4 April, they won the Eurovision final itself. The group were catapulted to fame overnight and the song made No.1 in several countries, including the UK.
Nolan became known as the male pin-up of the group and attracted many fans through his good looks. He also gained critical acclaim for his lead vocal on the top ten hit "Now Those Days Are Gone"
While on tour on 11 December 1984, Bucks Fizz were involved in a coach crash. The tour bus they were travelling in crashed into a lorry and all four members were injured, but Nolan was most seriously affected when he fell into a coma and at one point was given the Last Rites. Nolan was featured on the front page of many of the tabloids over the next few days with headlines declaring him to be "on the brink of death". After three days, he awoke and spent the next six months recuperating before returning to work with the group, although the effects of the crash still affect him today.
In 2004, Nolan along with Baker, G and another later member of Bucks Fizz, Shelley Preston reformed for a one-off series of shows on the 80s revival Here and Now Tour. Following this, Nolan was keen to continue and so along with Baker and Preston, they formed a three-piece version of the group, officially called The Original Bucks Fizz. Nolan continues to perform with original Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston under the name The Fizz. They recorded their first album as The Fizz in 2017 which gave them their first chart album in 30 years.