Five Star, a five piece British dance pop group inspired by funky soul, is internationally famous for a run of success in the 80s. They released three platinum selling albums from 1985 to 1987 and include siblings Deniece (later to be called ‘Denise’) Pearson, Stedman Pearson, Lorraine Pearson, Doris Pearson and Delroy Pearson.
Born in Romford Essex to record owner Buster Pearson, Deniece, at the age of 15, persuaded, her father to allow Deniece and her sisters to record “Problematic”. The Pearson parents liked what they heard but also insisted that Deniece’s brothers joined the group. Hence, Five Star was born.
Modern Romance emerged in 1981 from the remnants of UK punk band, the Leyton Buzzards. Singer Geoffrey Deanne and bass player David Jaymes’ initial attempts to blend in with the new romantic wave were unsuccessful, although the connections they made on the London club scene during this time were to aid their developing sound. After a second flop, they introduced Jaymes’ brother Robbie on keyboards, Paul Gendler on guitar, Andy Kyriacou on drums and crucially John Du Prez on trumpet. They quickly recorded ‘Everybody Salsa’, which gave them their first UK Top 20 hit and set them at the fore-front of the emerging Latin-American salsa craze which broke out that summer.
Owen Paul, the Scottish singer, producer and co-writer of the 1986 UK and European smash summer hit (My Favourite Waste Of Time) has done many things in the years since he first came to musical prominence.
He has played a leading role in a major musical theatre production, toured the UK and Europe with Phil Collins as one of ‘Mike and the Mechanics’ as well as being their vocal arranger on their last album ‘Rewired.’ Owen has even been harassed by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the infamous “noisy neighbours” episode on MTV’s record breaking show The Osbournes. For over ten years he ran a West End theatre in London’s Leicester Square (home of the Boy George musical “TABOO”) as well as a successful Ballroom and Latin Dancing Club. He produced a triple platinum selling album for the Japanese band ‘Buck Tick’ which became number one in their native country and co-produced the winning UK entry for Eurovision 2001 held in Copenhagen, for the young Sheffield singer Lindsay Dracass, having a UK top 20 hit at the same time.
In 2009 he returned to live performance with the Scottish Supergroup ‘Four Good Men’ and then became lead vocalist for XSM ( Ex Simple Mind ) featuring original Simple Minds members Derek Forbes and Brian McGee, who to date have successfully toured the UK, the Philippines, Holland and completed a three week tour of Germany in 2012.
After a lengthy hiatus (some twenty years or so) from solo live performance, he returned to the stage in 2012 once more under the name Owen Paul. In late 2012 Owen appeared on BBC 1’s Watchdog as part of their ‘rogue traders’ team. He then performed at numerous 80’s festivals throughout the summer of 2013 as a solo artist and also secured a spot as guest DJ on Absolute 80’s radio station.
He currently tours with his Live 80s show and Owen Paul – Acoustic 80s as well as on his own as a solo artist.
The Real Thing had three million selling hit singles in the 70′s, “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Feel The Force”. Then, in the 80′s these were remixed and became huge hits again, thanks to the band’s massive following. Now the three original vocalists, Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith perform these hits and many more live on stage.
Christopher Hamill, better known by his stage name Limahl, was the lead singer of the 1980s pop band Kajagoogoo.
He adopted his stage name (an anagram of his surname) at the time he was recruited by the existing members of Kajagoogoo. An advert was placed in a music magazine asking for a ‘front man who could sing and look good’. Soon after he had joined, the group released their first single “Too Shy” which went to number one in the UK charts and the top five on the Billboard Hot 100.
Limahl launched a solo career in 1983 achieving hits with “Only For Love” and the title theme to the film The NeverEnding Story.
Jocelyn Brown is an R&B and dance music singer with a powerful, soul shaking voice. One of the most wanted ladies in the music industry. Jocelyn has worked with the likes of John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson.
Aswad (meaning “Black” in Arabic) are a British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B, soul and soca influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the early 1970s and have released a total of 21 albums. As children of immigrants from the Caribbean, part of the aftermath of World War II, they moved to London and attended a local high school near Ladbroke Grove.
Odyssey’s UK top 10 classic hits include Native New Yorker, Use It Up And Wear It Out, Looking For A Way Out, Inside Out and Going Back To My Roots as well as the rare groove soul anthem Don’t Tell Me Tell Her.
Their fusion of soul, pop, dance, jazz, funk and latin-caribbean rhythms continue to make them popular around the world. In the great tradition that has made them famous, Odyssey’s new releases carry their classic sound forward as “old school meets new school meets old school”.
Tight Fit were a British pop group which had a number of hits in the early 1980s, including a UK number 1 (for three weeks) with their cover version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in 1982. The group had two completely different line-ups – the first (a group of session singers) in 1981 and a male/female trio in 1982.
In 1981, record producer Ken Gold came up with the idea to record a single made up of a medley of 60s songs. The medley trend was in full swing at this time, following the success of Starsound and their Stars on 45 singles. He put together a group of male/female session singers and released “Back to the 60s” under the title Tight Fit. The song became a hit in the Summer and reached No.4 in the UK Charts. A follow-up, “Back to the 60s Part 2” was released soon after and also hit the UK top 40.
Later in the year record producer Tim Friese-Greene recorded the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with another group of session singers. The song was released in early 1982 again under the title Tight Fit. The song gained instant attention and so a group was formed to front it. Dancer, singer and male model Steve Grant was teamed up with female singers Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris. The song reached No.1 in the UK for three weeks and the line-up were catapulted into sudden and unexpected stardom.
Satisfied that this line-up could actually sing in their own right, Friese-Greene produced their next single, “Fantasy Island” – a song which had been in the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest heats. The song, in a very similar vein to pop group ABBA, also became a success and reached No.5 in May.
Wild Boys are widely regarded as the best LIVE 80s Function band in the UK today. Having formed in the summer of 2009 Wild Boys have set very high standards with their vast performing experience and exciting shows, covering all the great artists from the best decade in music – The 80s!