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London, United Kingdom (1976 – 1985)

There are multiple bands / artists using the name Darts;

1) Darts were a nine-piece, London-based ‘doo-wop’ vocal group formed in 1976 by bass singer Den Hegarty who, along with Griff Fender, Rita Ray and Horatio Hornblower, had previously performed with Rocky Sharpe and the Razors.

Their first hit was a medley of The Rays’ “Daddy Cool” and Little Richard’s “The Girl Can’t Help It”, which reached no.6 in the UK charts at the end of 1977.

They had a total of 12 single chart hits including three consecutive British No. 2’s (“Come Back My Love”, “The Boy From New York City” and the self-penned “It’s Raining”), the only act to achieve this without ever reaching the No. 1 spot. They also released four albums; “Darts”, “Everyone Plays Darts”, “The Amazing Darts” (a “best-of” compilation) and “Dart Attack”. “Darts” and “Everyone Plays Darts” reached the top ten in the album charts, no mean feat in a country where doo-wop was never a big craze.

Hegarty left the group in 1978 and was replaced by Kenny Andrews. The band recorded their fifth album but it remained unreleased until very recently; it has now become known as “Frantic Antics - The Lost Studio Album”.

The band continued performing, including a tour of the USA and a Stateside album entitled “Darts Across America”. Several personnel changes (including comedian Lenny Henry taking the role of bass singer for a short while) occurred until the band split in 1985. Since then, a variety of “best of” albums have been released, including a Warner’s “The Platinum Collection”.


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  • themetalguru200

    "Don't let it fade away", what a great track and "Come Back My love" as well.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lunaexoriens

    Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl, Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl, Duke, Duke...

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lunaexoriens

    I cannot believe that this band is so underrated!

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    I love this band. Most played recurrent act in my catalogue! Love "The Boy From NYC" and "It's Raining" -- great, classic tunes from this lot.

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • NoneButHeroes

    I used to love the Darts. Saw 'em in concert in Southport.

    27 Jun 2008 Reply

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