Marshall Hain

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Marshall Hain were a British pop-rock duo, well known for their 1978 hit "Dancing In The City", a UK #3 single in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1978.[1]

The duo included keyboard player Julian Marshall and vocalist and bass player Kit Hain, who met while pupils at Dartington Hall School.[2]

"Dancing In The City", written by both members of the duo,[3] was also a hit in Europe as well in as Australia, where it spent 18 weeks in the Top 40 during August through to December 1978, hitting #1 and becoming one of the 20 best-selling songs of the year.[citation needed] In the United States the song reached #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the winter of 1979.[4] "Dancing in the City" also climbed to the top of the South African singles charts that same year, receiving extensive airplay and was included on Vol 5 of the long-running compilation album series Pop Shop.[citation needed]

They followed this up with the ballad "Coming Home", which reached #39 in the UK Singles Chart later that year.[1] Both singles were on the Harvest record label.[1] "Coming Home" was backed by strings and fretless bass, and they released an unsuccessful album called Free Ride. In 1979 they called it quits.

Hain continued pursuing a recording career and released two albums in the UK: 1981's Spirits Walking Out, which included a minor hit "Danny", and 1983's School For Spies.[citation needed] She also had songs recorded by The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey (four songs on three albums), Kiki Dee, and Barbara Dickson, before moving to the U.S. in 1985.[citation needed] There she concentrated on her songwriting. She has written with Aimee Mann ("RIP in Heaven" and "Crash and Burn" on Til Tuesday's "Everything's Different Now" album), Heart and Cyndi Lauper, and had songs recorded by Peter Cetera and Chaka Khan (the top 5 AC hit "Feels Like Heaven" written with Mark Goldenberg), Cher ("Fires of Eden" also written with Goldenberg and recorded by Judy Collins), Fleetwood Mac ("Winds of Change"), as well many other recording artists, garnering chart success worldwide. Her songs also have been licensed for use in MTV's The Hills as well as network shows including The Unit and Sex and the City.[citation needed] She also released a third solo album, "Cry Freedom", in Belgium in 1995 (Tempo/EMI).[citation needed] In 2012 she started a career as an author under her married name, Kit Grindstaff.[5][6]

Marshall stayed in the UK and became a member of Flying Lizards, who had a Top 10 hit in both the UK and Australia with their cover of "Money (That's What I Want)" in 1979. The song reached #50 in the U.S.

Marshall later formed the duo Eye to Eye with singer-songwriter, Deborah Berg. Eye To Eye released a single called "Am I Normal?" which was written by Marshall and Berg. This failed to chart in the UK although their song "Nice Girls" charted in the U.S. reaching #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1982 and a second song, "Lucky," reached #88 in the U.S. during the autumn of 1983.

"Am I Normal?" was covered by David (real name Virginia David) in 1983 on the Stiletto record label. It was produced by Andy Hill, but also failed to chart in the UK, despite being playlisted on BBC Radio 1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 351. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Kit Hain's Disco Fever". Stereosociety.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Dancing In The City: Notes by Kit Hain". Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Record Research, Inc. p. 380 ISBN 0-89820-5
  5. ^ Kit Grindstaff. "Dare to Read : My Road to Publication". Carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  6. ^ "Author Kit Grindstaff". Kitgrindstaff.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04.