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The Dooleys

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This family pop group from Ilford, Essex, England, was based around siblings Jim, Frank, Anne, Kathy (all b. Ilford, Essex, England) and John Dooley (b. Whitechapel, London, England). They sang as a group for their relatives, but in 1973 decided to try to turn professional. Their musical accompaniment was provided by Frank on lead guitar, John on rhythm, plus the addition of ‘outsiders’ Bob Walsh (bass) and Alan Boean (b. Oldham, Lancashire, England; drums). In 1976 they created their own slice of history by becoming the first British singing group to tour the Soviet Union. However, they had to wait until 1977 for their first hit, ‘Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You’. A series of UK hits followed, including the Top 10 entries ‘Love Of My Life’, ‘Wanted’ and ‘The Chosen Few’. Preferring middle of the road ballads, with a leaning towards soft disco-beats, they were one of several similar bands at the time (e.g. Nolans, Bucks Fizz). They left the GTO label (where they had all 10 hits) in the early 80s, and put a number of singles out on smaller labels, but to no avail. They still perform on the UK club and cabaret circuit.

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'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s