|Origin||Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK|
|Genres||Rock and roll|
|Labels||Bell, Arista, RCA|
|Past members||Dave Bartram
The band was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of two groups, Choise and the Golden Hammers, the latter often known simply as 'The Hammers'. This led to an eight-member band, with the unusual feature of having two vocalists, two drummers, two guitarists, and two bassists. They both played at the Fosse Way pub in Leicester and soon discovered shared musical tastes. After playing together in jamming sessions, they joined together permanently and Showaddywaddy was born.
Subsequently they were approached and asked if they wanted to be on TV.[by whom?] The show was New Faces. They won one programme in the series in November 1973 and were runners-up in the "All Winners Final", which was broadcast on 28 December 1973. Their first single, "Hey Rock and Roll" (written by the band), was released in April 1974. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Showaddywaddy then went on to have a further 22 UK hits until late summer 1982. They had most of their biggest hits with covers of songs from the 1950s and the early 1960s. These cover versions included "Three Steps to Heaven" (originally by Eddie Cochran in 1960), "Heartbeat" (originally written and recorded by Buddy Holly), "Under the Moon of Love" (originally a US hit for Curtis Lee in 1961 and co-written by Tommy Boyce), "When" (originally by the Kalin Twins), "You Got What It Takes" (originally by Marv Johnson) and "Dancin' Party" (originally by Chubby Checker). The above six singles were all produced by Mike Hurst (a former member of the Springfields).
On the South African charts, "Three Steps to Heaven" reached number 6 in 1975 and "Under the Moon of Love" number 6 in 1977.
From "Dancin' Party" (1977), the band produced their own records with more cover versions including "I Wonder Why" (originally by Dion and the Belmonts), "Blue Moon" (based on the Marcels' interpretation) and another Curtis Lee original "Pretty Little Angel Eyes", again co-written by Tommy Boyce. Their most recent chart single was "Who Put the Bomp", a number 37 hit in 1982, which they also promoted in their final Top of the Pops performance.
Malcolm Allured left the group in 1984, followed by Russ Field in 1985, and Buddy Gask in 1987. Gask retired to Spain in 2005, and died in 2011 after suffering with ill health for a number of years, whilst Field runs a guest house with his wife in Beadnell, Northumberland. Allured owns a nightclub called MFN at Shipley Gate, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. Field was replaced by Ray Martinez in 1985, who was subsequently replaced by Danny Willson in 1995.
In total they had ten Top Ten singles, a solitary number one ("Under the Moon of Love" in 1976), and spent 209 weeks in the UK Singles Chart. At the peak of their popularity, this tally included having seven successive Top Five entries. Their biggest-selling single was the aforementioned "Under the Moon of Love", which sold 985,000 copies.
Early in 2008, the band finished recording their album, The Sun Album (I Betcha Gonna Like It), released on Voiceprint Records. A special limited edition (500 copies only) was available, signed by the whole band and comprised the CD, a DVD, special packaging and extended sleeve notes. In September 2011, lead singer Dave Bartram released his long-lost solo recordings from 1982–85 on Invisible Hands Music. The original tapes had been in his loft for 25 years. The seventeen track album was entitled Lost and Found.
Al James retired from the band in 2008, playing his last gig with the band at the Cheese & Grain in Frome, Somerset, on 20 December 2008. In early 2009, Trevor Oakes decided to take a break from the band due to ill health. He left the band and officially retired on 1 May 2009, meaning his last gig was also at the Cheese & Grain. Trevor Oakes is the father of footballers Scott Oakes and Stefan Oakes. Challenger is the father of Benjamin Challenger who trialled for Leicester City before playing basketball for Leicester Riders then moving into athletics, gained medals in the high jump at the 2002 and the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Danny Willson also left the band during 2009 to join Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, and his last gig was in Denmark on 8 August.
Lead singer Dave Bartram left Showaddywaddy on 3 December 2011 after 38 years fronting the band, and his last gig was at the Kings Hall Theatre in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Bartram continues as the band's manager, a role he has undertaken since 1986. The Ilkley gig also marked saxophonist David Graham's last gig, who had been touring with the band since August 2009.
Despite the hits drying up three decades ago, Showaddywaddy have continued to tour, and still do around 100 dates a year in the UK and Europe.
In 2013, the band celebrates its 40th anniversary and will undertake a UK wide tour between 11 January and 1 June.
The band currently consists of the remaining two original members, Challenger and Deas, along with guitarist Paul Dixon (joined in December 2008), vocalist Andy Pelos, keyboardist Dean Loach, and drummer Rob Hewins (all of whom joined in October 2011).
On 17 June 2013, the band released a new collection of its entire studio recordings to celebrate their 40th anniversary. This extensive 40th Anniversary anthology features the band's entire 20th century catalogue of recorded material, including all of their original studio albums in mini-vinyl replica wallets, non-Album A and B sides, together with a selection of alternative mixes and unreleased rarities unearthed from the vaults, in this 139-track, 10-CD box set.
The 36-page booklet includes a 7,000-word liner note from Showaddywaddy expert Steve Thorpe and an introduction from the band's Dave Bartram.
- Original members listed in bold
- Current members
- Romeo Challenger (born 19 May 1950, St John's, Antigua, West Indies) — drums (1973–present)
- Rod Deas (born 13 February 1948, Scarborough) — bass (1973–present)
- Paul Dixon – guitars (2008–present)
- Rob Hewins – drums (2012–present)
- Dean Loach – keyboards (2012–present)
- Andy Pelos – vocals (2012–present)
- Former members
- Dave Bartram (born 23 March 1952, Leicester) — vocals (1973–2011)
- Trevor Oakes (born Trevor Leslie Oakes, 9 September 1946, Leicester) — guitars (1973–2009)
- Al James (born Geoffrey Betts, 13 January 1946, Leicester) — bass (1973–2008)
- Buddy Gask (born William Gask, 18 December 1945, Leicester – 7 June 2011, Spain) — vocals (1973–1987)
- Russ Field (born James Lewis Russell Field, 1 September 1949, Berwick-upon-Tweed) — guitars (1973–1985)
- Malcolm "Duke" Allured (born 27 August 1945, Leicester) — drums (1973–1984)
- Ray Martinez – guitars (1985–1995)
- Danny Willson – guitars (1995–2009)
- David Graham – saxophone (2009–2011)
|1979||Crepes and Drapes||8|
|1991||Jump, Boogie and Jive||–||President|
|1996||The One & Only (Greatest & Latest)||–||CMC|
|2002||Hey Rock 'n' Roll||–||Ovation|
|2006||I Love Rock 'n' Roll||–||Demon|
|2008||The Sun Album (I Betcha Gonna Like It)||–||Voiceprint|
|1978||Greatest Hits 1976–1978||1||Arista|
|1981||The Very Best of Showaddywaddy||33||Arista|
|1987||The Best Steps to Heaven||90||Tiger|
|2004||Hey Rock 'n' Roll – The Very Best of Showaddywaddy||56||Demon|
Over 20 other compilation albums have been released on budget labels.
|1974||"Hey Rock and Roll"||2||5||Bell|
|"Rock 'n' Roll Lady"||15||–|
|"Hey Mr. Christmas"||13||15|
|"Three Steps to Heaven"||2||1|
|"Take Me in Your Arms"||–||–|
|"Under the Moon of Love"||1||–|
|"You Got What It Takes"||2||12|
|1978||"I Wonder Why"||2||10|
|"A Little Bit of Soap"||5||2|
|"Pretty Little Angel Eyes"||5||2|
|"Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller"||15||9|
|"A Night at Daddy Gee's"||39||26|
|1980||"Always and Ever"||–||–|
|"Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts"||22||24|
|1981||"Doo Wah Diddy"||–||–|
|"Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp-a-Bomp-a-Bomp)"||37||–||RCA|
|1983||"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"||–||–|
|1986||"Under the Moon of Love" (Remix)||–||–||Genie|
|1990||"Rockin' and Rollin' With Santa Claus"||–||–||President|
Videos and DVDs
|1987||"The Best Steps To Heaven"||Legend||Ten original promo videos made by the band in the 1970s and 1980s – not been re-released on DVD|
|2007||"Rock And Roll Music"||Cherry Red||German TV performances, new promo for "Hey England", and interview with Dave Bartram, Romeo Challenger and Danny Willson|
|2008||"Greatest Hits – Live"||Voiceprint||BBC Showaddywaddyshow 1980|
|2009||"Live in Germany 1975"||Voiceprint||German TV special from 1975|
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- Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website – SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (S)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
- "Former Showaddywaddy singer Bill 'Buddy' Gask dies". BBC.co.uk. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Official Showaddywaddy Website". Showaddywaddy.net. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
- UK chart details
- Official website – Discography
- "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". chartstats.com. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
- Official Showaddywaddy website
- Interviews from the Leicester Mercury, on the Leicester Band's website
- Showaddywaddy discography at MusicBrainz