Kool and the GangKool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 45 years, longer than any R&B group in history.
Billy OceanBilly Ocean achieved a string of rhythm and blues pop hits in the 70s & 80s, scoring 4 UK top 20 successes and 3 US number ones. Billy took his stage name from the Ocean Estate, Stepney where he was living at the time.
He appeared at Live Aid in 1985, singing "Caribbean Queen" and "Loverboy". His 1986 album Love Zone included the successful singles "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going". In 2010, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards.
Tony HadleyTony Hadley, the eldest son of Josephine and Patrick, was born at The Royal Free Hospital, Islington, London on 2 June 1960. Tony attended Dame Alice Owen’s Grammar School and thought his future lay in medicine but, after winning a holiday singing competition, decided that his vocation was as a singer … the rest is history …
ABCABC are an English new wave band that first came to prominence in the early 1980s. Their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, was a UK number one and they achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990. The band, now essentially a vehicle for singer Martin Fry, continue to tour and released their ninth studio album, The Lexicon of Love II, in 2016.
Nik Kershaw"Nik" Kershaw is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
Kershaw came to prominence in the mid 1980s as a solo artist, releasing 8 singles that entered the Top 40 charts in the UK during the 1980s, including "Wouldn't It Be Good", "Dancing Girls", "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "Human Racing", "The Riddle", "Wide Boy", "Don Quixote", and "When a Heart Beats". His 62 weeks on the UK Singles Chart between 1984 & 1985 beat all other solo artists.
Brand New HeaviesThe Brand New Heavies began in the 1980s as an instrumental acid jazz group called Brothers International formed in 1985 in Ealing in west London.
AswadAswad ("Black" in Arabic) is a long-lasting British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the mid-1970s, having released a total of 21 albums.
ImaginationImagination were an English three piece band, who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They had hits in 28 countries, earning four platinum discs, nine gold discs and more than a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1983.
OdysseyOdyssey is originally a New York, United States-based singing group, best known for their 1977 hit "Native New Yorker," and a series of other mainly dance and soul hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Now based in the UK, the band is led and fronted by Steven Collazo and continues to perform and record.
HeatwaveHeatwave were an international funk/disco musical band featuring Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio, Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards), Swiss Mario Mantese (bass), Czechoslovakian Ernest "Bilbo" Berger (drums), Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar) and Briton Roy Carter, (guitar).
They were known for their successful songs "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever" and "The Groove Line”.