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Darts were a nine-piece British doo-wop revival band that achieved chart success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The popular London-based band had a number of UK top 20 hits including three successive Number twos with revivals of early U.S. rock and roll and R&B songs.
Founded in 1976, by Den Hegarty along with Griff Fender, Rita Ray and Horatio Hornblower, all former members of the band Rocky Sharpe and the Razors. Joining the band was Thump Thompson, George Currie and John Dummer, all ex members of the John Dummer’s Blues Band. The line-up was completed by Hammy Howell and ex Mickey Jupp singer Bob Fish. They built up a large following playing clubs and universities, although their break came after they appeared on the Charlie Gillet’s show on BBC Radio London in October 1976. This secured the band a recording contract with Magnet Records, where they were teamed up with record producer Tommy Boyce who had previously produced The Monkees. Covering 1950s rock and roll hits they scored their first UK hit in December 1977 with a medley of “Daddy Cool” (originally a U.S. 1957 hit for The Rays) and Little Richard’s 1957 hit “The Girl Can’t Help It”. More cover versions followed in 1978 with “Come Back My Love” (originally recorded by U.S. R&B group The Wrens in 1955), “The Boy from New York City” (originally a U.S. hit for The Ad Libs in 1965). Their next single of 1978 was an original song “It’s Raining” written by band member Griff Fender (real name Ian Collier).

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  • tea5girl

    Always loved It's Raining,still gives me goosebumps..........Have their '78 The Amazing Darts album....cheers maw x

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    how can an artist have over a thousand listeners,who are happy enough to listen to the artist but not to write any praise for said artist.Well when I was really first getting into music around 77 through 1980 darts were always in the charts,nearly always 50/60s covers but were good ,duke of earl I always thought was a darts original,but then that is another story as they used to say on childrens TV back in the 70s

    30 May 2011 Reply

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