Showaddywaddy is a 1970s pop group from Leicester, England. They specialise in revivals of hit songs from the 1950s and early 1960s, and dressed as Teddy Boys.

History

The band was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of two groups, The Choise and The Golden Hammers, the latter often being known as simply 'The Hammers'. This led to an eight-member band, with the unusual feature of having two vocalists, a couple of drummers and two bassists. They both played at the Fosse Way pub in Leicester and soon discovered shared musical tastes. After playing together in jamming sessions, they joined together permanently and Showaddywaddy was born.

Subsequently they were approached and asked if they wanted to be on TV. The show was New Faces. They won one programme in the series and were runners-up in the "All Winners Final". Their first single, "Hey Rock and Roll" (written by the band), was released in April 1974. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Showaddywaddy then went on to have a further twenty-two UK hits until late 1982. They had most of their biggest hits with covers of songs from the 1950s and the early 1960s. These cover versions included "Three Steps to Heaven" (originally by Eddie Cochran in 1960), "Heartbeat" (originally written and recorded by Buddy Holly), "Under the Moon of Love" (originally a U.S. hit for Curtis Lee in 1961 and co-written by Tommy Boyce), "When" (originally by the Kalin Twins), "You Got What It Takes" (originally by Marv Johnson) and "Dancin' Party" (originally by Chubby Checker). The above six singles were all produced by Mike Hurst (a former member of The Springfields, who had also previously produced Cat Stevens).

On the South African charts, "Three Steps to Heaven" reached no. 6 in 1975 and "Under the Moon of Love" no. 6 in 1977.

From "Dancin' Party" (1977), the band produced their own records with more cover versions including "I Wonder Why" (originally by Dion and the Belmonts), "Blue Moon" (based on The Marcels' interpretation) and another Curtis Lee original "Pretty Little Angel Eyes", again co-written by Tommy Boyce. Their most recent chart single was "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp-A-Bomp-A-Bomp)", a minor number 37 hit in 1982, which they also promoted in their last ever Top Of The Pops performance.

In total they had ten Top Ten singles, a solitary number one ("Under the Moon of Love" in 1976), and spent 209 weeks in the UK Singles Chart.

At the peak of their popularity, this tally included having seven successive Top Five entries. Their biggest-selling single was the aforementioned "Under the Moon of Love", which sold 985,000 copies.

Cherry Red Records began to release Showaddywaddy's extensive album back catalogue on CD from 2000 on their '7Ts' imprint. The reissues featured rare bonus tracks (B-sides and non-album singles).

Early in 2008, the band finished recording their album, The Sun Album (I Betcha Gonna Like It), released on Voiceprint Records that spring. A special limited edition (500 copies only) was available, signed by the whole band and comprised the CD, a DVD, special packaging and extended sleeve notes. In September 2011, lead singer Dave Bartram released his long-lost solo recordings from 1982-1985 on Invisible Hands Music. The original tapes had been in his loft for 25 years. The seventeen track album is entitled Lost and Found.

Despite the hits drying up nearly three decades ago, Showaddywaddy have continued to tour, and still do around 100 dates a year all over Europe.

Band members

The original Showaddywaddy line-up was:

Dave Bartram (born 23 March 1952, Leicester) -- vocals;,

Buddy Gask (born William Gask, 18 December 1945, Leicester - 7 June 2011, Spain). -- vocals;,

Russ Field (born James Lewis Russell Field, 1 September 1949, Berwick Upon Tweed) -- guitar;,

Trevor Oakes (born 9 September 1946, Leicester -- guitar;,

Al James (born Geoffrey Betts, 13 January 1946, Leicester) -- bass;,

Rod Deas (born 13 February 1948, Scarborough, North Yorkshire) -- bass;,

Malcolm "Duke" Allured (born 27 August 1945, Leicester) -- drums;,

Romeo Challenger (born 19 May 1950, St John's, Antigua, West Indies) -- drums.,

Malcolm Allured left the group in 1984, followed by Russ Field in 1985, and Buddy Gask in 1987. Al James retired from the band in 2008, playing his last gig with the band at The Cheese & Grain in Frome, Somerset, on 20 December 2008. In early 2009, Trevor Oakes decided to take a break from the band due to ill health but in the Spring of 2009, he left the band and officially retired from 1 May 2009, meaning his last gig was also at The Cheese & Grain.

Danny Willson also left the band during 2009 to join Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and his last gig was in Denmark on 8 August. Danny had been in the band since 1995 and had replaced Ray Martinez who had a 10 year stint in the band, having replaced the departing Russ Field in 1985. Trevor Oakes is the father of footballers Scott Oakes and Stefan Oakes. Contrary to popular legend, however, Challenger is not the father of footballer Dion Dublin. Gask retired to Spain in 2005, and died in 2011 after suffering with ill health for a number of years, whilst Field runs a guest house with his wife in Beadnell, Northumberland. Allured owns a nightclub called MFN at Shipley Gate, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

Lead singer Dave Bartram left Showaddywaddy on 3rd December 2011 after 38 years fronting the band, and his last gig was at the Kings Hall Theatre in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. His departure had been announced on 17th October. Bartram will continue to stay on as the band's manager, a role he has undertaken since 1986. The Ilkley gig also marked saxophonist David Graham's last gig, who had been touring with the band since August 2009.

The remaining originals, Deas and Challenger, will continue to perform in 2012, along with guitarist Paul Dixon (a member since December 2008), and new members Andy Pelos (lead vocals), Dean Loach (keyboards) and Rob Hewins (drums). Hewins previously performed a one off gig with the band at the Leicester Summer Sundae on 13th August 2011, whilst Pelos was a former member of The Teddys, a teddy boy group founded by Allured and Gask in 90s.