The Congregation

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The Congregation
Also known as The English Congregation (USA, Canada)
Origin England
Genres pop, vocal
Years active Early 1970s
Labels EMI Columbia
Associated acts Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway

The Congregation were a British pop ensemble. They were formed by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway in England.[1] In the USA their recordings were sold as The English Congregation.

Their biggest hit was a cover of David and Jonathan's "Softly Whispering I Love You", which peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It also reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, No. 1 in South Africa and New Zealand and No. 10 in Germany. The group's lead singer was the former Plastic Penny vocalist, Brian Keith, who later became a session musician.[1] The lack of further top 40 hits left them as transatlantic one-hit wonders.

The band changed their name on releases in the USA to avoid confusion with the The Mike Curb Congregation, who also recorded "Softly Whispering I Love You".[3]

"Softly Whispering I Love You" was also recorded by Paul Young (1990 single), with chart success.[4]


(all releases on Columbia of Columbia Graphophone Co./EMI, for USA release leased to Atco and Signpost)[5]

  • "Softly Whispering I Love You" (1971)
  • "Lovers of the World Unite" (1972)
  • "Jesahel" (1972)
  • "I Will Survive" (1972)
  • "It Didn't Matter" (1973)
  • Jesahel (1972)
  • Softly Whispering I Love You (USA, Canada only, 1972)

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  1. ^ a b "Congregation - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 117. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ The Mike Curb Congregation: Softly Whispering I Love You at Discogs
  4. ^ A supposed Australian version by Johnny Farnham & Allison Durbin never existed. See " 'Softly Whispering I Love You': five versions and one that never existed" at Poparchives: The Blog. Retrieved 16 February 2015
  5. ^ "Congregation (2) Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-13.