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The Nylons

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1978 – present)

The Nylons are an group founded in 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, best known for their covers of The Turtles’ “Happy Together”, Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”, and The Tokens’ version of the traditional “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.

The origins of the Nylons date back to 1978 when four experienced Toronto stage actors, Connors, Cooper, Morrison, and Simpson, used to get together in the back of a delicatessen to sing doo-wop together. They took their ensemble to parties and friend’s houses and constant comments from people convinced them to take their unique a cappella act into the clubs. An acquaintence met at a party was about to open a new cabaret and invited them to debut there. They played there for six weeks, garnering rave critical and audience reviews. In 1979 Simpson retired from the group and Cole was brought on board. They very quickly established themselves as one of the area’s classiest and most original ensembles and caught the attention of Attic Records. Their first album eventually went platinum in Canada (100,000 copies), and there followed four more releases on Attic that all sold at least gold in Canada (50,000 copies). They received the equivalent of a Dutch Grammy award and a gold disc for the One Size Fits All album and the Best Singer Award at 1986’s Tokyo Music Festival. In 1987 Disney used their song That Kind Of Man in their feature The Tin Man, and their version of Up The Ladder To The Roof was used in the movie Made In Heaven.

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  • JukeBoxHero48

    Just LUV them boyz...!

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BrendanBane

    I have loved this band most of my life! They are a huge influence on my songwriting! The new album is awesome!

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • llcoolbeans

    Just found these guys while listening to Rockapella radio. They are amazing...I think I may have a new favorite a capella group!

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Candy-s-Room

    BigxBadxWorld, my dad introduced me to their music! It is just beyond great!

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • henry352

    You should listen to "Drift Away" a cover of doobie brother's song, my favorite!

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • MIRACLEENETWORK

    Sounds great!

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • BigxBadxWorld

    My mom introduced me to The Nylons, actually. Been in love with them ever since.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • JukeBoxHero48

    I have loved them for years...:-)

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • WichitaQ

    would everyone be nice to go to the Nylons and vote them up as "The Nylons". thank you :D

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • pixelmonster

    'duke of earl' and 'happy together'... loves it. a cappella ftw!

    25 Jul 2008 Reply
  • maroonedsoul

    the lions sleep tonight!! such a cool song!!

    22 Mar 2007 Reply
  • johnny_jake

    They made the singing of Oh Canada in high school bearable. I heart their version of it.

    13 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Vamadeus

    I worked on one of their shows while they were on tour. Listening to their music live is always fun.

    15 Nov 2006 Reply