Goombay Dance Band

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Goombay Dance Band
Origin Hamburg Germany
Genres Pop, Euro disco, Europop
Years active 1979–present
Labels CBS
Website goombaydanceband.net
Members Oliver Bendt
Alicia Bendt
Dorothy Hellings
Wendy Doorsen
Mario Slijngaard
Past members Beverlee Wallace
Wendy Walker

The Goombay Dance Band is a German based band created in 1979 by Oliver Bendt. The band is named after a small bay on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Their music has a distinctive sound (somewhat similar to Boney M.), a mixture of Caribbean soca or calypso and western pop.

The group built up a fan base across Europe and in total released some 15 singles between 1979 and 1985, within which time they enjoyed their greatest commercial success. They proved very popular in South Africa too, where "Sun of Jamaica" and "Aloha-Oe" topped the singles charts. "Seven Tears" also charted, becoming Number One in the U.K. Singles Charts on 23 March 1982, while "Rain" and "Eldorado" also proved popular.

Their most successful song was "Sun of Jamaica" which topped the German single charts for nine weeks in 1980 and sold 11 million copies, although it never reached the Top 40 in the UK. However, in 1982, their song "Seven Tears" topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks and was also a million-seller.[1] It was the eighth best selling single in the UK during 1982. Another song which did not reach the chart was "Indio Boy" (1982). "Sun of Jamaica" also reached the top of the German music charts in 1980, when performed under the title "Nie mehr allein sein" by singer Tony Holiday.

Band members[edit]

  • Oliver Bendt (original name: Jörg Knoch)
  • Alicia Bendt
  • Dorothy Hellings
  • Wendy Doorsen
  • Mario Slijngaard

Albums[edit]

Year Title
1980 Zauber der Karibik (also issued under Sun Of Jamaica)
Land Of Gold
1981 Holiday in Paradise
1982 Born To Win
Tropical Dreams (compilation)
1991 Sun of Jamaica 1991 (compilation)
1992 Greatest Hits (compilation)
1993 Sommer, Sonne, Strand (also issued under Montego Bay)
1995 Island Of Dreams (compilation)
Sun of Jamaica 1995 (compilation)
Caribbean Beach Party (compilation)
1997 Christmas By The Sea
1998 Sun of Jamaica 1998 (compilation)

Singles[edit]

  • 1979 "Sun of Jamaica" / "Island of Dreams"[2]
  • 1979 "Ring Ting Ting" / "Sunny Caribbean"
  • 1980 "Aloha-Oe, Until We Meet Again" / "Conga Man"
  • 1980 "Eldorado" / "Love and Tequila"
  • 1980 "Rain" / "King of Peru"
  • 1981 "Seven Tears" / "Mama Coco"
  • 1981 "Christmas At Sea" / "Ave Maria No Morro"
  • 1982 "Santorini Goodbye" / "Carry The Load"
  • 1982 "Robinson Crusoe" / "The Magician"
  • 1982 "My Bonnie" / "Alice, My Love"
  • 1983 "If You Ever Fall In Love" / "Jericho"
  • 1983 "Born To Win" / "Caribbean Dreams"
  • 1984 "Don't You Cry, Caroline" / "Storybook Lovers"
  • 1985 "Marlena" / "Young Hearts"
  • 1985 "A Typical Jamaican Mess" / "Canta mi lengua"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seven Tears, Chart Stats, retrieved 22 December 2009
  2. ^ "Goombay Dance Band - Sun Of Jamaica". Portland, Oregon 97225-1403, United States: Discogs. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 

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