Robson & Jerome

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This article is about the pop duo. For their debut album, see Robson & Jerome (album).

Robson & Jerome were an English pop duo active in the latter half of the 1990s, consisting of actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, who rose to prominence via British television series Soldier Soldier.

The duo's musical catalogue is composed entirely of covers. They released a version of "Unchained Melody" which stayed at number 1 for 7 weeks on the UK Chart,[1] selling more than a million copies and becoming the best-selling single of 1995. They had two further number 1 singles produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken - "I Believe" (1995) and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1996)[2] - and two #1 studio albums. A pair of compilation albums followed.

Their single What Becomes of the Brokenhearted/Saturday Night at the Movies/You'll Never Walk Alone is the only single released as a Triple A-side to go to number one.

Background[edit]

An episode of Soldier Soldier called for Green and Flynn to sing "Unchained Melody".[3] Subsequently ITV was inundated by people looking to buy the song, and the pair were persuaded by Simon Cowell to release it as a single. Cowell enlisted music producers Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, with whom he had worked many times before, to produce the single.

Robson & Jerome were popular among baby boomers, but a number of music critics argued they were devoid of artistic merit. Stephen Thomas Erlewine in AllMusic wrote that they "offered nothing new musically", and said that: "such grand success made them the target of derision for much of the music press, who criticized the duo's manufactured, polished covers of pop and rock classics as nostalgia mongering...Robson & Jerome became the target of a number of attacks."[4]

The duo also attracted criticism after it emerged that they did not sing parts of their recordings, which were patched with uncredited vocalists to achieve higher and steadier notes than they could achieve. Speaking in 2008, producer Mike Stock explained: 'Des Dyer was brought in to assist with the Jerome part - because his voice and Jerome's were similar...The Robson part was done by a totally different singer and the high note was a totally different guy.' Stock added that Robson and Jerome both contributed vocals: "they are singing on the record without a shadow of a doubt". Stock placed a gagging order on Des Dyer after he threatened to reveal his contribution to a newspaper.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Robson & Jerome (1995) #1 UK
  • Take Two (1996) #1 UK
  • Happy Days: The Best of Robson & Jerome (compilation, 1997) #20 UK
  • The Love Songs (compilation, 2000)
Singles

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995 The Number One Albums". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  2. ^ "1996 The Number One Albums". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ "BBC article on Unchained Melody". Retrieved 2006-03-24. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Robson & Jerome: Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Simpson, Richard. "The fake factor: Robson and Jerome may have made Cowell's name but they needed help to hold a tune". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 

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