45 years after forming in Leicester, Showaddywaddy are on tour in Sutton Coldfield on Friday 4th May for a show at the Town Hall.
Famed for their co-ordinated dance moves, colourful suits and catchy 50s and 60s rock and roll songs, the band are regularly described as the ‘hardest working band in the UK’. Original members Romeo Challenger and Rod Deas lead the 6 piece line up, which is managed by another original member, Dave Bartram.
Their appearance on TV’s ‘New Faces’ All-Winners Final in December 1973 led to a flurry of record deal offers. Their first single, ‘Hey Rock and Roll’ on the Bell Records label reached number 2 in the UK charts in April 1974, followed by a further 22 chart hits and an incredible 209 weeks in the UK singles chart!
Two cover versions -‘Three Steps to Heaven’ and ‘Heartbeat’ reached the Top 10 in 1975 with ‘Under The Moon of Love’ topping the charts for three weeks in 1976.
In 1977, Showaddywaddy dominated the charts with hits ‘When’, ‘You Got What it Takes’ and ‘Dancing Party’.
’I Wonder Why’, ‘A Little Bit of Soap’ and ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ hit the top 10 in 1978.