London Boys

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London Boys
OriginHamburg, Germany
GenresDance, Eurobeat, dance-pop, Hi-NRG, Eurodisco
Years active1986–1996
LabelsTeldec, Atlantic Records, Rhino Entertainment
Past membersEdem Ephraim
Dennis Fuller

London Boys were a German-based British dance-pop duo composed of Edem Ephraim (1 July 1959, London, UK – 21 January 1996) and Dennis Fuller (19 June 1959, Jamaica – 21 January 1996). They are best remembered for the UK Top 5 hits Requiem and London Nights.

The duo were killed when their car was hit by a drunk driver in the Eastern Alps, Austria, on 21 January 1996. Ephraim's wife also died in the accident, leaving their three-year-old son orphaned and leaving Fuller's 10-year-old daughter without a father.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Although they had lived near Hamburg, Germany, since 1981, the pair had actually met when they were at school in Greenwich, London, Ephraim having been born in London and Fuller in Jamaica. They were formed in 1986 as a vehicle for songwriter and record producer Ralf-René Maué. They signed with Teldec. Their musical style was a mix of soul and dance music or Eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads was combined with choreography, acquired during their experience as Rollerblade dancers prior to forming the duo. Dennis Fuller was a former member of the Roxy Rollers rollerskating disco act, which released a single called I Need a Holiday in May 1979.

The duo's most notable songs were "London Nights" and "Requiem", which were initially released in 1988. "Requiem" eventually became their breakthrough single in April 1989, reaching No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Subsequently, the re-released "London Nights" and the album The Twelve Commandments of Dance, both peaked at No. 2 in the UK singles and album charts, respectively. Another single, "Harlem Desire", reached No. 17. A fourth single from the album, a remixed version of their 1987 release "My Love", also reached No. 46. After that, their last two UK Singles Chart entries were with "Chapel of Love" (#75) in 1990 and "Freedom" (#54) in 1991. The music videos for their singles were largely based around dance sequences and relationship/love storylines.

After this, their later recordings had little commercial success, with no further UK chart entries. However, in total, the London Boys sold 4.5 million records worldwide.[2]

After being dropped by their record label, the band effectively split up. In 1995, shortly before their deaths, a reformed version of the group, through Polydor, made a crossover album called Hallelujah Hits, which incorporated Eurodance arrangements into traditional religious compositions.[3]

Death[edit]

Ephraim, Fuller and Ephraim's wife all died in a car crash on 21 January 1996. They were travelling in the Austrian Alps on a mountain road on their way to a skiing holiday and along the route met a car driven by a drunk driver who was trying to pass on the opposite side of the road. The Swiss driver had reportedly been overtaking other cars in dangerous places along the road for a couple of miles beforehand, in bad weather conditions, and he hit their car head on. Fuller, Ephraim, Ephraim's German wife Bettina, a Hamburg DJ (who was their mutual friend) and the Swiss driver all died in the accident. Ephraim and his wife left behind a son, Stevie, who was 3 years old at the time. Fuller had a daughter, Laura, who was 10.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
[4]
IRE BEL
(FLA)
GER AUT SWI
1986 "I'm Gonna Give My Heart" The Twelve Commandments of Dance
1987 "Harlem Desire"
"Dance Dance Dance"
"My Love"
"Supermix" (Finland only) Non-album single
1988 "Requiem" 4 8 36 27 11 The Twelve Commandments of Dance
(second edition)
1989 "London Nights" 2 4 24 9
"Harlem Desire '89" 17 6
"My Love '89" 46 15
"Megamix" (UK only) Non-album single
1990 "Chapel of Love" 75 Sweet Soul Music
"Freedom" 54 29
1991 "Sweet Soul Music" (Soul Kitchen feat London Boys) 81 11
"Is This Love?"
"Tonight! Tonight!"
1992 "Moonraker" Love 4 Unity
1993 "Baby Come Back" 27
1995 "Gospeltrain to London" Hallelujah Hits
"Kumbaya"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Verzeanu, Milena "a.k.a The New London Boys" website. Retrieved 21 June 2007
  2. ^ Carter, Spencer (21 April 2019). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The London Boys". Talk About Pop Music. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ "New London Boys, The* – Hallelujah Hits (CD, Album) at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company: London Boys". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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