Ratings and Reviews
I found the song Rasputin about 5-7 months ago, and when I first heard it, I loved it! Keep in mind I am 14 years old, and I still listen to older music. I wish that old artists like Boney M could get more exposure to us younger kids because I honestly think that this music is better than most of the music out there today. I had some of my friends listen to Rasputin, and they were hooked!! If you read this, I want you to have your friends listen to one of these songs just to put it out there. Who knows, maybe it will make it on the charts someday!
About Boney M.
Although they never had much success in America, the Euro-disco group Boney M. were a European phenomenon during the '70s. After German record producer Frank Farian (born in 1942) recorded the single "Baby Do You Wanna Bump?" (which was successful in Holland and Belgium), he created Boney M. to support the song, bringing in four West Indian vocalists who had been working as session singers in Germany -- Marcia Barrett (b. October 14, 1948, St. Catherines, Jamaica), Liz Mitchell (b. July 12, 1952, Clarendon, Jamaica), Maizie Williams (b. March 25, 1951, Monserrat, West Indies), and Bobby Farrell (b. October 6, 1949, Aruba, West Indies, d. December 30, 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia). "Daddy Cool" reached the U.K. Top Ten in February 1977, followed in April by a remake of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." In July, "Ma Baker" just missed the U.K. number one spot, and "Belfast" hit the Top Ten in December. In 1978, Boney M. were at the height of their popularity with "Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring," which became the second-biggest selling single in U.K. chart history; "Rivers of Babylon" was also Boney M.'s only U.S. Top 40 hit. Boney M.'s album, Nightflight to Venus, topped the U.K. charts. In October 1978, "Rasputin" became another U.K. Top Ten hit, followed by the seasonal chart-topper "Mary's Boy Child"/"Oh My Lord," which became the fifth-biggest selling single in U.K. history. In March 1979, "Painter Man" hit the U.K. Top Ten, followed in May by "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday." In September, the album Oceans of Fantasy hit number one. Their music continues to sell well in Europe, with a compilation hitting the U.K. Top Ten in 1994. Farian went on to create the late-'80s dance sensation Milli Vanilli. In 2017, Farian and Liz Mitchell, under the Boney M. moniker, released the festive conceptual holiday LP World Music for Christmas, which featured well-known world music mixed with Christmas lyrics. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine