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There were multiple artists recording under the name The Bluebells

1. The Bluebells were a reggae act recording with Lee “Scratch” Perry in his Black Ark period (mid to late 70s). They are most known for their 1976 song “Come Along”.

2. The Bluebells were a Scottish pop group in the 1980s. Peddling a kind of jangly guitar pop not dissimilar to their Scottish contemporaries Aztec Camera and Orange Juice, they had three hit singles in the UK, all written by guitarist and founder member Bobby Bluebell (aka Robert Hodgens) - “I’m Falling” with Ken McCluskey , “Cath”, and their biggest success “Young At Heart”. The latter was co-written with Siobhan Fahey (with whom Hodgens was romantically linked for a while) and made it to No.8 in the UK singles chart on its original release in 1984. The band also released two albums, “The Bluebells” and “Sisters”.

The band split up in the mid-1980s, but enjoyed an unexpected - albeit brief - revival in 1993 when “Young At Heart” was used in a Volkswagen TV commercial. Re-issued as a single, it was No.1 for four weeks and led to the band reforming temporarily to perform the song on Top of the Pops. A singles collection followed.

At the time of the 1990s revival, band member Lawrence Donegan - who trained as a journalist after the band’s demise and is now golfing correspondent for The Guardian - wrote a newspaper article reminiscing about his days as a Bluebell which caused some friction between himself and the rest of the band.


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  • fargoneandout

    I'm still exiled on Twee Street...

    30 Jan 12:02am Reply
  • Pig17

    How have I never heard of these guys before?!?!?!?! Amazing!

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • thetrogg

    Similar artists The Pale Fountains and Dollar! Nice bridge!!

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    I keep finding it odd how I listen to an artist and then go to leave a shout and unknowingly to me its like a year exact since I last I last visited and left a shout,even odder is like a year on my last shout was the final one .

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    ahhh,scottish fiddle music,a comment from some one who has only listened to young at heart and has probably never listened to any scottish folk music,a comment that does the bluebells no justice or any to folk music.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • VoodooDahl

    Awesome catchy songs from a band that never got the credit they deserved.

    7 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Click on the Similar Artists link. What a great list of mainly 80s stuff.

    1 Jan 2007 Reply

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