Sheeba

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For the record label, see Sheeba Records. For the 2011 film, see Sheeba (film).
Not to be confused with Sheba.
Sheeba
Origin Ireland
Genres Pop, MOR
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–1984
Past members Maxi
Frances Campbell
Marion Fossett

Sheeba were an all-girl pop trio popular in Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were Maxi, Marion Fossett and Frances Campbell. They are best known for representing the host nation, Ireland, in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with "Horoscopes".[1]

Career[edit]

In 1978, the group took part in the Irish National Song Contest, to select Ireland's entry for that year's Eurovision Song Contest. But they failed to win with their song, "It's Amazing What Love Can Do".[2] They went on to release several singles in Ireland with producer Roberto Danova, although their biggest hit was "Horoscopes", which reached No.3.[3]

Following their exposure in the 1981 contest, they signed a recording contract in the UK and released the singles "The Next Night" and "Mystery", neither of these found success however. The contest also led to concert tours in Europe and Japan. The following year they entered the National finals again with a song performed in Irish; "Go Raibh Maith Agat" ("Thank You Very Much"), but were unsuccessful.[4] Later in 1982 they were involved in a road accident in the West of Ireland that brought their career to an eventual halt due to their reluctance to continue touring.[5] The group shared vocal duties with Maggie Moone on the UK ITV series Name That Tune. After a Japanese tour in 1983, they decided to split, but did compete one more time in the National Song Contest in 1984, where they finished fourth.[6]

Today, Maxi is a successful broadcaster with RTÉ in Dublin; Marion Fossett is ringmistress of the well-known family circus, Fossetts; and Frances Campbell is a broadcaster in Northern Ireland.[7]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Logan
with "What's Another Year?"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1981
Succeeded by
The Duskeys
with "Here Today Gone Tomorrow"