The Congregation (band)

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The Congregation
Also known as The English Congregation (US, 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 United States they were credited 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 United States to avoid confusion with the Mike Curb Congregation, who also recorded "Softly Whispering I Love You".[3]


(All UK releases on Columbia of Columbia Graphophone Co./EMI; US releases leased to Atco and Signpost)[4]

  • "Softly Whispering I Love You"/"When Susie Takes The Plane" (Columbia DB 8830 & Atco 6865, 1971)
  • "Lovers of the World Unite"/"Love Is The Sweetest Thing I Know" (Columbia DB 8894 & Signpost 70002, 1972)
  • "Jesahel"/"Sing Me A Love Song" (Columbia DB 8906 & Signpost 70004[5], 1972)
  • "I Will Survive"/"If I Could Have My Way" (Columbia 006-05 170, Germany, 1972)
  • "It Didn't Matter"/"Loving Your Neighbour" (Columbia DB 8980, 1973)
  • "Jubilation"/"Love Is The Sweetest Thing I Know" (Columbia DB 9006, 1973)
  • Softly Whispering I Love You (Columbia SCX 6490 & Signpost 7217, 1972)
  • Jesahel (Signpost 8405, 1972)
  • Greatest Hits (EMIdisc 1 C 048-51 828, Germany, 1972)
  • The Congregation (Columbia SCX 6517, 1973)

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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. ^ "Congregation (2) Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  5. ^ B-side: "If I Could Have My Way"