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Roman Holliday was a 1980s British band, whose style of music was a mixture of swing and pop. They are best known in the UK for their hit single, “Don’t Try To Stop It”, which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1983. A follow-up, “Motormania,” peaked at number 40.


The band started in 1980, composed of Bonhomme, Lambert, Cohen and Noone - who left the band shortly thereafter. In 1984 both brass men, Rob Lambert and John Eacott also left the band.

In the United States the group achieved exposure through MTV, which aired their “Stand By” video. The single went to number one on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart in November 1983. Roman Holliday also charted in Japan on the international, as well as the domestic market, with “Hear It in The Night”; and the Robert John “Mutt” Lange written and produced track, “One Foot Back in Your Door.” Both singles went Top 10.
Bonhomme is currently employed at Youngstown State University. He is a professor of Russian history, and teaches a number of courses in modern European history and environmental history.

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Roman Holliday was mainly composed of:
Steve Lambert (born 14 March 1962, Mile End, London) — (singer)
Brian Bonhomme (born 30 September 1962, Harlow, Essex) — (guitar / vocals)
Simon Cohen (born 11 January 1963) — (drums)
Adrian York (born 11 July 1961) — (piano)
Jon Durno (born 4 March 1962) — (bass)
John Eacott (born 19 December 1961) — (trumpet)
Rob Lambert (born 22 February 1963) — (saxophone)


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