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From the remnants of UK punk band, the Leyton Buzzards, crawled singer Geoffrey Deanne (b. 10 December 1954, London, England) and bass player David Jaymes (b. 28 November 1954, Woodford, Essex, England). After becoming involved in the London club scene (alongside luminaries like Steve Strange), they formed a company called Business Art Productions with manager Brian O’Donoughue. Signed to WEA Records, they released ‘Tonight’. This flopped, so in late 1980, Jaymes and Deanne formed a new line-up featuring Deanne and Jaymes, the latter’s brother Robbie (b. 3 October 1962; keyboards), Paul Gendler (b. 11 August 1960; guitar) and Andy Kyriacou (b. 19 April 1958; drums, ex-Linx; Central Line). John Du Prez (b. 14 December 1946, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) also featured on trumpet. Through their club connections they came across the Latin-American music salsa, which was set to be all the craze in the summer of 1981. They quickly recorded ‘Everybody Salsa’, which gave them their first UK Top 20 hit. It was followed by other successful material in a similar vein; ‘Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey’ (number 10), ‘Queen Of The Rapping Scene’ (number 37), and ‘Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White’ (number 15). At this point Deanne left to release several solo singles and write for camp club act Divine. Former fireman Michael J. Mullins (b. 9 November 1956) was his replacement. Their hit run continued in 1983, with ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’ (number 4), ‘High Life’ (number 8), ‘Don’t Stop That Crazy Rhythm’ (number 14), and ‘Walking In The Rain’ (number 7). A cover of Baltimora’s ‘Tarzan Boy’ the following year fared less well. They disbanded shortly afterwards. David Jaymes released a solo single in 1988, while Deanne went on to write comedy scripts. John Du Prez moved to Hollywood where he composed film scores for hit movies such as Personal Services and A Fish Called Wanda.

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