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There are at least 4 bands with the name Bandwagon:
1. Japanese rock band
2. North Irish rock band
3. Thai rock band
4. Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon
1. The Japanese Bandwagon formed in Japan in 1999.
2. Bandwagon are a three-piece rock band from Lisburn, North Ireland. Harking back to the golden days of classic rock the band influences include Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy & Led Zeppelin playing classic 70’s rock with a modern twist.
The bands musical ability and song writing skills are undeniable, but it is onstage playing live where the band really come into their own. Blistering solos, Catchy guitar riffs and soulful lyrics are all part of a Bandwagon show.
Lead Guitarist/Vocals - Phil Edgar
Bassist/Backing Vocals - Joe Mc Quillan
Drummer - Phil McKibben
3. Thai rock band
4. RnB Group
Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon were a U.S. vocal soul group, prominent in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Originally known simply as The Bandwagon, they were formed in 1967 and featured Artie Fullilove, Billy Bradley, Terry Lewis and lead singer Johnny Johnson (born Johnny Mathis (sic), 20 July 1944, Rochester, New York - d. 1979).
They had their first major UK hit in October 1968 with "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache", written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, on the Direction label, part of CBS, which reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1969 the group disbanded, and all subsequent releases were billed as Johnny Johnson and His Bandwagon. In effect, the act was basically Johnson plus additional vocalists, who were hired for recording, touring and TV performances. Because they had been so much more successful in Britain and Europe, they based themselves in London, with songwriter Tony Macaulay being primarily responsible for the next stage of their career. They had top ten hits with "Sweet Inspiration" (1970), and "(Blame It) On The Pony Express" (1970). The latter track was written by Macaulay, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.
Their recording career continued through the 1970s, with a 1971 LP Soul Survivor, produced by Macaulay, as well as subsequent, less successful singles that year including "Sally Put Your Red Shoes On" and a cover version of the Bob Dylan song, "Mr Tambourine Man", on the Bell label.
They left Bell, for further singles including "Honey Bee" (1972), on Stateside Records, and "Music to My Heart" (1975), on Epic Records, written and produced by Biddu.
Their early hits are still revered as Northern soul classics, as they espoused a more commercial pop-soul style similar in sound to that of early Tamla Motown, as opposed to the more funky progressive style favoured by contemporaries like Sly & the Family Stone and The Isley Brothers.
"Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache" enjoyed a new lease of life in 1980, when covered by Dexys Midnight Runners on the b-side of "Geno", and as an album track in 1981 on a solo album by Bram Tchaikovsky, formerly of The Motors. It was also popular in UK soul clubs, during the early 1980s.
Johnson had not been well for several years, and the pressures of constantly touring during the early 1970s took a heavy toll. He died of cancer in 1979. Their frontman is not to be confused with Chuck Berry's sideman, Johnnie Johnson.
Releases on Direction, credited to Bandwagon; releases on subsequent labels credited the full name.
* "Breakin' Down The Walls of Heartache" (Direction 58-3670, 1968) - No. 4
* "You" (Direction 58-3923, 1969) - No. 34
* "Let's Hang On" (Direction 58-4160, 1969) - No. 36
* "Sweet Inspiration" (Bell BLL 1111, 1970) - No. 10
* "(Blame It) On The Pony Express" (Bell, 1970) - No. 7
* "Mr Tambourine Man" (Bell BLL 1154, 1971)
* "High And Dry" (Bell BLL 1221, 1972)
* "Sally Put Your Red Shoes On" (Bell 1185, 1971)
* "Honey Bee" (Stateside SS 2207, 1972)
* "Strong Love Proud Love" (EMI 2114, 1974)
* "Music To My Heart" (Epic EPC 3458, 1975)
* Bandwagon: Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon (Direction 8-63500, 1968)
o "Breakin’ Down The Walls Of Heartache"; "When Love Has Gone Away"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "I Wish It Would Rain"; "You Blew Your Cool & Lost Your Fool"; "You"; "People Got To Be Free"; "Girl From Harlem"; "Are You Ready For This"; "I Ain't Lyin’"; "Don't Let It In"; "Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music"
* Johnny Johnson and His Bandwagon: Soul Survivor (Bell SBLL 1138, 1971)
o "(Blame It) On The Pony Express"; "Love is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu)"; "Gasoline Alley Bred"; "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"; "Sweet Inspiration"; "In The Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)"; "United We Stand"; "Games People Play"; "Something"; "Pride Comes Before A Fall"; "Never Let Her Go"
* Johnny Johnson and His Bandwagon: Breakin’ Down The Walls Of Heartache (Ace CDKEND 307, 2008) - compilation
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