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Working Week

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Working Week were a British Jazz-dance / Soul / Latin musical ensemble, active in the 80s and 90s.

Working Week were formed in 1983 by guitarist Simon Booth and saxophonist Larry Stabbins, who were previously in post punk outfit Weekend. The duo released their début single “Venceremos ( We Will Win)” the following year, a tribute to Chilean protest singer Victor Jara featuring vocal contributions from Robert Wyatt and Tracey Thorn (from Everything But the Girl). It became the band’s sole entry in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #64. Singer Julie Tippetts provided vocals for the follow up “Storm of Light”.

A début album Working Nights was released in April 1985, with vocalist Juliet Roberts added as a full time member of the band. She also sang on the 1986 album Companeros and Surrender, released in 1987, but left the band after that year’s single “Knocking on Your Door”. Julie Tippetts returned as vocalist (with other guest vocalists) for the 1989 album Fire in the Mountain, and Yvonne Waite was featured as solo vocalist for 1991’s Black and Gold, the band’s final studio album.

Politically left-wing, their first album, Working Nights, contained a cover of Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues. Future albums Companeros and Surrender saw them move more towards the mainstream. After Roberts’ departure to become a solo artist, they released two further albums with guest vocalists, “Fire in the Mountain” and “Black and Gold”.

They appeared on 9 February 1986 at the Royal Albert Hall, in a benefit concert for victims of the 1985 Armero tragedy in Colombia.

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