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Precious Wilson

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Precious Wilson was born 18 October 1957 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She spent her childhood in England, later moving to Connecticut. She sang gospel extensively as a teen before returning to England.

Wilson started out as a backing singer for the all-male group Eruption. The group enjoyed a minor hit when they won a talent competition in 1975 with the song “Let Me Take You Back in Time”. Unable to sustain their momentum, the lead singer left the group, and Precious stepped forward to front the band.

While on the road in Germany, Eruption was discovered in 1977 by German producer Frank Farian who hired them to support Boney M. on their tour. Signing them to Boney M.’s label, Hansa Records, Farian released the single “Party Party” but it was their cover version of Ann Peebles’, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” from their first album which broke big, giving them a UK #5 hit and a US #18 hit. After a second album and another hit single with the Hank Hunter and Jack Keller penned “One Way Ticket” (UK #9), Wilson left the group to pursue a solo career.

Solo career
Wilson’s debut single was a cover version of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming”, released in August 1979. The song was also included in Boney M.’s fourth album Oceans of Fantasy which also yielded a guest performance by Wilson on the opening track “Let It All Be Music”.

Her debut album On the Race Track was completed during 1980 with high expectations from Hansa.

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