01 December 2016

Biography: Boney M

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Members:

Liz Mitchell (lead and backing vocals)

Marcia Barrett (backing vocals)

Maizie Williams (dancer, live vocals)

Bobby Farrell (dancer, rap, live vocals)

 

Boney M. is a German vocal group created by record producer Frank Farian, after he recorded the dance track ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump’ in the December of 1974 -which became a hit- and needed performers to support the song as well as front the group for TV performances.

Boney M. released their first album, “Take the Heat off Me”, in 1976, with its title track and ‘Lovin’ or Leavin’ previously recorded in German by another act Gilla and also tracks recorded erstwhile by Marcia Barrett.

Their break came in February 1977 with the song ‘Daddy Cool’ reaching the U.K. Top Ten, followed by ‘Sunny’ -a remake of Bobby Hebb’s. Then later in July, from their album “Love For Sale”, ‘Ma Baker’ peaked at no. 2 in the U.K. with ‘Belfast’ reaching the Top Ten by December.

In 1978, Boney M. released a double A-sided single, ‘Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring’, which instantly became a hit in Europe, as well as reaching No. 1 in several countries; it went ahead to become one of the biggest selling singles of all time in the UK and also their most successful single in the United States, peaking at No. 30 on the U.S. pop singles chart. This success was further cemented by the grossly successful album “Nightflight to Venus”, which saw the birth of more hit singles as ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Painter Man’. The group further released ‘Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord’, which was the 1978 Christmas number one single in the United Kingdom and became another one of their biggest selling singles of all time.

Boney M. graced 1979 with a brand new fiery single, ‘Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday’, which became another Top 10 hit across Europe. “Oceans of Fantasy”, their fourth album, followed suit producing two hit singles: ‘Gotta Go Home’/’El Lute’ and ‘I’m Born Again’/’Bahama Mama’. The album reached No.1 in the UK and was certified Platinum.

In 1980, Boney M. released a greatest hits album titled “The Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits”, and swept the No. 1 spot in the UK, though it was their last big-selling album in the UK.

“Boonoonoonoos”, Boney M.’s fifth album was released late 1981 and was fairly successful. The group’s seventh album, “Ten Thousand Light years”, released in 1984, marked another commercial low point peaking at No. 23 in the German album charts.

 

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