Guys 'n' Dolls

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Guys 'n' Dolls
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop, MOR
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards
Years active 1974–1985
Labels Magnet Records
Past members Paul Griggs
Dominic Grant
Rosie Hetherington
Martine Howard
Julie Forsyth
David Van Day
Thereza Bazar

Guys 'n' Dolls were a 1970s UK pop group. They achieved success in the mid-1970s with hit singles such as "There's a Whole Lot of Loving" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me".[1]

Career[edit]

Guys 'n' Dolls were formed in 1974, after Ammo Productions held auditions for three girls and three boys to start the band. The six members of the group Paul Griggs, David Van Day, Thereza Bazar, Dominic Grant, Martine Howard, and Julie Forsyth (daughter of Sir Bruce Forsyth), first met in November 1974. They released their first hit single, "There's a Whole Lot of Loving" in January 1975 (this was actually recorded by session singers, and the group were later discovered not to have actually recorded the original).[2] In the six years that followed, the group released several more hits, including "Here I Go Again" (1975) and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (1976). In 1977 the group had a record chart No.1 in both the Netherlands and Flanders with "You're My World", formerly made famous by Cilla Black.[citation needed]

By 1977, Van Day and Bazar had left the band, but went on to have success as Dollar. In 1979, the group took part in the A Song For Europe contest, hoping to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?" Although the show was abandoned due to a BBC strike, the song finished in tenth place of the 12 entries when the judges cast votes on the audio recordings of the songs.[3]

In 1980, Forsyth and Grant had their first child together, plus Howard and the Guys 'n' Dolls record producer Gerard Stellaard got married and moved to the Netherlands. After marrying, Howard left the group and was replaced by Forsyth's younger sister, Laura early in 1981. The change was short-lived, when she was replaced by Rosie Hetherington. She had previously been a part of the group Legs & Co.[citation needed]

In 1983, Griggs released a solo recording of The Beatles' song "You Won’t See Me", with the help of a Dutch recording studio and record company, Dureco in Weesp.[citation needed]

Guys 'n' Dolls finished as a unit in December 1985, having spent eleven years together. Grant and Forsyth, performed as the duo Grant & Forsyth, and had another five hits in the Netherlands.[citation needed] In 1988, Forsyth wrote the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry "Go" performed by Scott Fitzgerald. Both Forsyth and Grant, together with ex-Jigsaw member Des Dyer, sang backing vocals for the song's performance at the contest in Dublin, Ireland. The song finished second by a margin of one point behind Celine Dion's song for Switzerland, making it the closest ever run contest.[4]

The original line up of Guys 'n' Dolls, (Grant, Forsyth, Griggs, Howard, Van Day and Bazar) reunited for the first time in thirty one years for a major television show in the Netherlands on 22 March 2008.[5] This was preceded on Friday 21 March by a day of press and TV interviews.

Griggs has published a book called Diary of a Musician, based on diaries he kept from 1960. This includes a large in depth section on the story of Guys 'n' Dolls.[6]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1975 "There's a Whole Lot of Loving" (NL #7,UK #2[7])
  • 1975 "Here I Go Again" (UK #33[8]) / "Can't You Hear the Song?"
  • 1975 "Let's All Get Together"
  • 1976 "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (NL #10, UK #5)[9]
  • 1976 "If Only for the Good Times"
  • 1976 "Stoney Ground" (UK #38[10])
  • 1977 "You're My World"(NL #1, B #1, G #48[11])
  • 1977 "Mamacita" (NL #5)
  • 1977 "Growing Pains"
  • 1977 "Angel of the Morning" (NL #14)
  • 1977 "Let's Make Love"
  • 1978 "Only Loving Does It" (UK #42[12])
  • 1978 "Same Old Way"
  • 1978 "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart"
  • 1979 "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart" (NL #15)
  • 1980 "Our Song" (NL #7)
  • 1980 "Starship of Love"
  • 1980 "Love Lost in a Day" (NL #21)
  • 1981 "I Got the Fire in Me" (NL #26)
  • 1982 "Broken Dreams" (NL #12)
  • 1982 "I Heard It On the Radio"
  • 1983 "Glory to the Beautiful People"
  • 1983 "Freeze"
  • 1983 "Silent Night"
  • 1984 "I Feel Like Cryin'"
  • 1985 "Phoney People"

Albums[edit]

  • 1975 Guys 'n' Dolls (UK #43)
  • 1976 The Good Times (NL #5)
  • 1977 Together (NL #14)
  • 1980 Our Songs
  • 1982 Happy Together

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 238. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "1974 - 1975. From formation to the first live show". Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books UK ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "ペニス増大サプリ【女人禁制】極秘の威力". Diaryofamusician.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  7. ^ "ChartArchive - Guys And Dolls - There's A Whole Lot Of Loving". Chartstats.com. 2012-05-15. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  8. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  9. ^ "ChartArchive - Guys And Dolls - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me". Archive.is. 1976-02-21. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  10. ^ "ChartArchive - Guys And Dolls - Stoney Ground". Archive.is. 1976-11-27. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Dollar - Shooting Stars: Guys 'n' Dolls Discography". Dollarsite.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  12. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 

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