|Also known as
||The English Congregation (US, Canada)
||Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway
The Congregation were a British pop ensemble. They were formed by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway in England. 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. 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. 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".
(All UK releases on Columbia of Columbia Graphophone Co./EMI; US releases leased to Atco and Signpost)
- "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, 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)