Delegation (band)

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OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresFunk, soul, R&B
Years active1976–present
LabelsState Records, Epic
MembersRick Bailey
Past membersLen Coley
Roddy Harris
Ray Patterson
Bruce Dunbar

Delegation is a musical group formed in 1976 by Len Coley, Rick Bailey on lead vocals, Roddy Harris. The trio was soon discovered by music producer/songwriter, Ken Gold, who also wrote and produced the hits “You to Me Are Everything”, and “Can’t Get By Without You” for The Real Thing. Ken and his writing partner, Micky Denne, also wrote songs for Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, and Cliff Richard.[1]


In 1976, Delegation released their first single, “The Promise Of Love”, taken from their debut album of the same name, and released on the State Records label, although it wasn’t successful. Their second single, “Where Is The Love We Used To Know” also from the same album, charted in United Kingdom in April 1977,[2] and gave the group their first hit, and consequently, their first Top of the Pops appearance.[1]

Ray Patterson replaced Roddy Harris later that year and the group released their third single, “You’ve Been Doing Me Wrong”, which became their second hit from the Promise of Love album. “Oh Honey”, a smooth ballad, gave the group their first US hit in 1979. This song reached #5 in the US Billboard R&B charts.[3]

Coley later left the band and Bruce Dunbar took his place. Their second album “Eau De Vie” was released in 1979. This album turned out to be very successful, including the hits “You And I”, “Put A Little Love On Me”, “Heartache #9,” and “Darling I Think About You”. Bruce Left the Group 1981 and returned to the US after their third album entitled “Delegation” and the group continued on with lesser success.[3]

They followed with an eponymously titled album in 1981, and Deuces High in 1982.[3] All charted in Europe, but not in the United States.[3] The act recorded a couple more singles, and continued to perform through the end of the decade. The record It's Your Turn, on Epic was successful only in France, although did well on the club scene across the United Kingdom, and The Mix on Scorpio Records, a segue compilation of five of their greatest hits, also sold poorly.

Bailey reunited with Gold, to form Euro Jam Records in the mid 1990s,[3] to repackage Delegation's earlier recordings into new compilation albums, and reformed the group to release Encore in Europe in 1999, but this was Delegation's final recording.



Year Title Peak chart positions
1977 The Promise of Love 84 8
1979 Eau De Vie
1980 Delegation 69
1981 Delegation II
1982 Deuces High
1993 Encore
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions
US Dance
US Pop
1977 "Where Is the Love (We Used to Know)" 22
"You've Been Doing Me Wrong" 49
1978 "Honey, I'm Rich"
"Oh Honey" 6 45 99
1979 "Put a Little Love on Me"
"Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)" 45
"You and I"
1980 "Welcome to My World" 50
"Heartache No.9" 57 66
1981 "Twelfth House"
"In Love's Time" 54
1983 "It's Your Turn" 94
"Thanks to You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

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  1. ^ a b "Biography & History - Delegation Band". Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 149. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hamilton, Andrew. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  4. ^ "Delegation - Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Delegation - Chart History: TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Delegation - Chart History: DANCE CLUB SONGS". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 153.
  8. ^ "Delegation - Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "DELEGATION - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 15, 2020.

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