Labels Pye Records
Genre Soul music
|Years active 1973–1978|
Active until 1978
|Past members Junior DayeRoy FlowersVincent JamesBarry JohnsonMarcel KingSt. Clair L. PalmerGary ShaughnessyLeroy Smith|
Origin Manchester, United Kingdom (1973)
Members Marcel King, Junior Daye, Roy Flowers
Albums Sad Sweet Dreamer, You Make Me Happy
Similar David Parton, Quando Quango, Tony Hatch, 52nd Street, The Waltones
Formed in Manchester in 1973 the band came to prominence after appearing on the ITV talent show New Faces. Under the guidance of panellist Tony Hatch the band signed to Pye Records. The debut single "Snowfire" failed to reach the charts, but the follow-up "Sad Sweet Dreamer" was a UK number one single in October 1974, also reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following spring. The follow-up "Purely by Coincidence" reached #11 in the UK in January 1975. Both songs were written by David Parton.
Follow-up singles "Hide Away from the Sun", "Mr Cool", "Sweet Regrets" and "Mail Train" all failed to make the charts over the next couple of years. In 1977 the band participated in A Song For Europe in an attempt to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song "You're My Sweet Sensation" ended in eighth place. Subsequently, they were then dropped by Pye and disbanded shortly after. However, they were the forerunners of many similar acts from The Real Thing to Imagination.
The youngest member and lead vocalist, Marcel King, tried to resurrect a solo career in 1985, and with Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio) and Bernard Sumner (New Order) recorded "Reach For Love" (written by King) for Factory Records without commercial success, followed by "Hollywood Nights" for ZYX. King died of a brain haemorrhage on 5 October 1995 at the age of 37.
Bass guitarist, Barry Johnson later joined Quando Quango and then Aswad.
Founder member, Leroy Smith, was found dead in his Manchester flat, on 15 January 2009. He had died from bronchopneumonia, at the age of 56.
Sad Sweet DreamerSad Sweet Dreamer · 1975
If Wishes Came True1998
Snow FireSad Sweet Dreamer · 1975