Kenny (band)

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Origin London
Genres Pop, glam rock, bubblegum pop
Years active 1974–1979
Labels RAK Records, Polydor Records
Associated acts Bay City Rollers

Kenny were an English pop and glam rock band who had several hit singles in the UK in the mid-1970s, including "The Bump" and "Fancy Pants".


In 1973, Irish showband singer Tony Kenny, former lead singer with The Sands and The Vampires, recorded a single "Heart of Stone", written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter and produced by Mickie Most. It was released under the name Kenny, and, after the singer returned to Ireland, the single became a hit in Britain, as did a follow-up release, "Give It To Me Now".[1]

Most then decided to capitalise on their success by renaming a completely unconnected North London band called Chuff, as Kenny.[2] Martin and Coulter wrote the bulk of the successful songs for the group, starting with "The Bump", which reached the Top 3 in the official UK singles chart. They had three further records reach the charts in the UK: "Fancy Pants", "Baby I Love You OK", and "Julie Anne".[2]

Uncredited lead and background vocals on "The Bump" were performed by Barry Palmer.[3]

Kenny were managed by Peter Walsh, a 1960s and 1970s pop entrepreneur whose portfolio also included The Tremeloes, Marmalade, The Troggs and Hot Chocolate.

In 1996, former band member Rick Driscoll appeared on the 'Identity Parade', on the BBC Television programme Never Mind the Buzzcocks.


  • Rick Driscollvocals, guitar, born 1 May 1957,[4] Enfield, Middlesex,
  • Yan Style (born Ian Stile) — guitar, born 16 January 1955, Enfield, Middlesex
  • Chris Redburnbass, born 14 March 1956, Enfield, Middlesex
  • Chris Lacklisonkeyboards, born 15 October 1956, London
  • Andy Waltondrums, born 1 October 1956, Enfield, Middlesex



  • 1973 "Heart Of Stone" - reached number 11 in the UK charts, sung by Tony Kenny. B-side: "Buttons".
  • 1973 "Give It To Me Now" - UK number 38, also sung by Tony Kenny, B-side: "Rollin""
  • 1974 "The Bump", UK No. 3 FRG No. 19 — originally recorded by the Bay City Rollers as the B-side of their October 1974 hit, "All of Me Loves All of You" (UK No. 4), B-side: "Forget the Janes, the Jeans and the Might Have Beens".
  • 1975 "Fancy Pants", UK No. 4 FRG No. 14, B-side: "I'm a Winner".
  • 1975 "Baby I Love You, OK!", UK No. 12 FRG No. 21, B-Side: "The sound of Super K".
  • 1975 "Julie Anne", UK No. 10 FRG No. 14 CH No. 2 Australia No. 4
  • 1975 "Nice to Have You Home", FRG No. 30 — their last single on RAK Records; the band then left Martin and Coulter and signed to Polydor.
  • 1976 "Hot Lips", FRG No. 20 CH No. 10
  • 1976 "Red Headed Lady", FRG No. 49
  • 1976 "Old Songs Never Die" (did not chart)
  • 1979 "Reach Out I'll Be There" (did not chart)[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tony Kenny". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b Allmusic biography
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 299. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "This Day In Music - May 1st - BuzzJack Music Forum". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 

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