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|Genres||Dance, Eurobeat, dance-pop, Eurodisco, soul|
|Labels||Teldec, East West, Polydor|
London Boys were a German-based English dance-pop duo composed of Edem Ephraim (born 1 July 1959 in London, England – 21 January 1996) and Dennis Fuller (born 19 June 1959 in Jamaica – 21 January 1996). They are best remembered for the UK Top 5 hits "Requiem" and "London Nights".
Both Ephraim and Fuller lost their lives when the car in which they were travelling was hit by drunk-driver in the Eastern Alps, Austria on 21 January 1996. Ephraim's wife was also killed in the accident, leaving their three-year-old son without parents.
Although they had lived near Hamburg, Germany, since 1981, the pair had actually met when they were at school in Greenwich, London, Ephraim having been born in London and Fuller in Jamaica. They were formed in 1986 as a vehicle for songwriter and record producer Ralf-René Maué. They signed with Teldec. Their musical style was a mix of soul and dance music or Eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade dancers prior to forming the duo. (Dennis Fuller was a former member of the Roxy Rollers rollerskating disco act, which released a single called "I Need A Holiday" in May 1979.) Their early releases were marketed towards the Euro disco scene.
The duo's most notable songs were "London Nights" and "Requiem", which were initially released in 1988. The record "Requiem" eventually became their breakthrough single in April 1989, reaching No.4 on the UK Singles Chart. Subsequently, the re-released "London Nights" and the album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, both peaked at No.2 in the UK singles and album charts, respectively. Another single, "Harlem Desire", reached No.17. A fourth single from the album, a remixed version of their 1987 release "My Love", also reached No. 46. After that their last two UK Singles Chart entries were with "Chapel of Love" (#75) in 1990 and "Freedom" (#54) in 1991. The music videos for their singles were largely based around dance sequences and relationship/love storylines.
After being dropped by their record label, the band effectively split up. In 1995, shortly before their deaths, a reformed version of the group, through Polydor, made a crossover album called Hallelujah Hits, which incorporated Eurodance arrangements into traditional religious compositions.
Ephraim and Fuller both died in a car accident on 21 January 1996. They were travelling in the Austrian Alps on a mountain road on their way to a skiing holiday and along the route met a car driven by an inebriated driver who was trying to pass on the opposite side of the road. The Swiss driver had reportedly been overtaking other cars in dangerous places along the road for a couple of miles beforehand, in bad weather conditions, until he finally hit their car head on. Fuller, Ephraim, Ephraim's German wife Bettina, a Hamburg DJ (who was their mutual friend) and the Swiss driver all died in the accident. Ephraim and his wife were survived by a son, Stevie, who was 3 years old at the time. Fuller had a daughter, Laura, who was 10.
- The Twelve Commandments of Dance (1988/89) (#2 UK)
- Sweet Soul Music (1991) (#22 Austria)
- Love 4 Unity (1993)
- Hallelujah Hits (1995) as "New London Boys"
- The Twelve Commandments of Dance (Special Edition) (2009)
- 1986 - "I'm Gonna Give My Heart"
- 1986 - "I'm Gonna Give My Heart" (remix)
- 1987 - "Dance Dance Dance"
- 1987 - "Harlem Desire"
- 1987 - "My Love"
- 1987 - "Supermix"
- 1988 - "Requiem" (#4 UK, #11 Austria)
- 1989 - "Harlem Desire '89" (#17 UK)
- 1989 - "London Nights" (#2 UK, #9 Switzerland)
- 1989 - "Megamix"
- 1989 - "My Love '89" (#46 UK)
- 1990 - "Chapel of Love" (#75 UK)
- 1990 - "Freedom" (#54 UK, #29 Switzerland)
- 1991 - "Sweet Soul Music" (feat. Soul Kitchen) (#11 Austria)
- 1991 - "Is This Love?"
- 1991 - "Tonight! Tonight!"
- 1992 - "Moonraker"
- 1993 - "Baby Come Back" (#27 Austria)
- 1995 - "Gospel Train to London"
- 1995 - "Kumbaya"
- Verzeanu, Milena "a.k.a The New London Boys" website accessed 2007-06-21
- "New London Boys, The* - Hallelujah Hits (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 326–327. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.