Billy Norman, Showaddywaddy
Al James 1975
welcome a new member! Experienced bass player Billy Norman joins the line-up and played his first gig with the band at Billingham Forum on Friday 2nd February 2018. Don’t worry, Showaddywady’s current and original bass player Rod Deas is not leaving the band! (Picture courtesy Andrew Ball)

In other news, it is 10 years this year since original bass player Al James left the band. I caught up with Al for a brief catch up recently.

Showaddywaddy - On Tour Since 1973!


Showaddywaddy have been on tour since 1973, and have been on the road during 2017, with lots of gigs still to come before the year is out! The guys are playing sold-out shows up and down the land, and with gigs booked as far ahead as 2019, the band are as popular as ever!

Not only that, the band were declared as the hardest working band of 2016 for the second year running! Said Ents24: “This year's victors come in the form of 70s popsters Showaddywaddy, who hold the top spot for a second year with more listed shows in different venues than any other music artist in 2016.”

The band continue to entertain crowds at some of their old favourite venues where they played in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as new favourites such at the Holmfirth Picturedrome and Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree. Showaddywaddy will be in most places throughout the UK from Scotland to the south coast - check out the band’s gig dates here, and go along and find out why the band are getting rave reviews!

(Many thanks to Andrew Ball for the fantastic photo!)


2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Showaddywaddy’s Red Star LP (Arista SPARTY 1023), released on 11th November 1977 - one of the band’s all time classics!
1977 was arguably one of the most successful years in the band’s career. The year followed on from the number 1 success of “Under The Moon Of Love” in December the previous year, and 1977 of course saw the Punk/New Wave movement really coming to the fore. Showaddywaddy were more popular than ever. Where punk was appealing to a disillusioned teenage youth, Showaddywaddy were pulling in audiences from all age ranges.
The year saw the band have three massive chart hits - “When” (released 25th Feb 1977) reaching number 3 in the charts, “You Got What It Takes” (released 8th July 1977) reaching number 2, and “Dancin’ Party” (released 21st October 1977) reaching number 4. The year also saw the band making at least 27 appearances on television, as well as over 100 gigs. Add the recording onto all the TV appearances and gigs and the band were certainly earning their money that year!

Despite all this, the album actually only reached number 20 in the charts, but still attained “Gold” status.The main sleeve unusually did not feature band on the front, but there were plenty of pictures on the inner sleeve (the only SWW LP to have a picture inner sleeve). 13 tracks featured - unlucky for some perhaps?

The album kicks off with “Dancin’ Party”, the band’s current single at the time of the album’s release, followed by the rocker “’68 Teenage Queen” with Buddy Gask on lead vocals, and a favourite track of Trevor Oakes.
“You Got What It Takes” came third, a smash hit during the summer of that year, with “Lucy Jane (Part 2)” coming fourth featuring both Dave and Buddy sharing lead vocals; ‘Part 2’ being stated to not confuse fans with the “Lucy Jane”, a different song that featured as a B-side to “Heartbeat” in 1975.

Hot on the heels of a Dave Bartram classic, “In Above Your Head”, came another Bartram-led “Sweet Georgia”, the story of a croupier in a casino. “Somethin’ Else”, the well known Eddie Cochran song, had lead vocals performed by Buddy and is one of my favourite SWW songs (also performed by the band on TV that year). “(You’ve Got) Personality” was a song that the band thought would have been good as a single.

Al James always contributed the odd track to LPs, and this one was no different, with the heavier-sounding “Feelin’” being a favourite of many fans over the years - perhaps a very un-Showaddywaddy song! Buddy Holly’s classic “Listen To Me” got the Showaddywaddy treatment, one of 6 cover version on the album, the other 7 being original tracks.

The album closed out with “Maybe Maybe Maybe”, one of Buddy Gask’s best vocal performances, finally the track Dave is most proud of, “Swansong”, a story of a rocker who is coming to the end of his career and feeling low, only to be greeted by thousands of people at the best gig of his life - one of the best SWW songs ever released.

If you are not familiar with Showaddywaddy’s work other than their well known singles, you won’t go far wrong in checking out “Red Star” - this is band at their best with their original line up.

The album has since been re-released with a number of bonus tracks, featuring the B-sides of the 1977 singles (ie “Superstar”, “Showboat” and “One Of These Days”), as well as 1978 singles and B-sides. It is highly recommended!

Complete Singles Collection Box Set - Special Offer

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Showaddywaddy’s fantastic “Complete Singles Collection 1974 - 1987" box set is available, for a limited time only, from Demon’s ‘This Is Pop' online store, for the special price of £37.99

This extensive anthology features the band’s entire UK Singles catalogue, including the Million-Selling #1 single, ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, in this 89-track, 33CD box set.

The box set also includes TWO BONUS CDs; Showaddywaddy’s original ‘Greatest Hits’ (#4) and ‘Greatest Hits 1976-1978 (#1).

All CDs are packaged in replica mini-sleeves, which includes some of their international release artwork.

The 36-page booklet includes a 10,000 word liner note from expert Steve Thorpe and an introduction from the band’s Dave Bartram.

Showaddywaddy’s ‘Next Chapter’!

Exciting news for fans as brand new album released!

29th July 2016 saw the independent release of Showaddywaddy’s brand new, studio recorded album! ‘Next Chapter’ featuring 15 songs, and also including the first self-penned material for many years.
The album is available to buy at gigs, and also online via the Showaddywaddy Approved Merchandise Facebook Page. says, “This is the first studio album released by the band since 2008, an exceptional album that does the long-standing Showaddywaddy name proud. Old and new fans of the band will love the feel and energy of the songs, and of course it is great to hear the band’s own self-penned songs laid down in the studio. I was blown away when I heard the demo, and this will go down as one of the great Showaddywaddy, fitting in well alongside classic albums such as ‘Step Two’, ‘Crepes & Drapes’ and ‘The Sun Album’ - you won’t be disappointed!”

Track Listing:

1. Get A Job
2. A Shot of Rhythm And Blues
3. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
4. King Of The New York Streets
5. Reelin’, Rockin’ ’n’ Rollin’ *
6. Walking To My Baby
7. More Than I Can Bear *
8. (Lady’s Got a Hold On Me) *
9. You’re The One *
10. The House Is Rockin’
11. Nobody But Me
12. Wha’ Cha Gonna Do ‘Bout It
13. Cool Jerk
14. Dream I’m With You *
15. Sabre Dance

(* 5/8. Hewins; 7. Dixon; 9. Loach/Hewins; 14 Loach)

Rare Material on Soundcloud!

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It’s been a while since the last update, but a couple more rarities are now online on the page on Soundcloud dedicated to rare Showaddywaddy recordings. These rare tracks are shared for the enjoyment of Showaddywaddy's loyal fans. Any attempt to download and use the tracks anywhere else will hinder further uploads, so it is hoped the page will be used in the spirit it is intended. Enjoy!

Showaddywaddy - The Complete Singles Collection 1974 to 1987


Demon Music Group are thrilled to release the most comprehensive Showaddywaddy Singles box-set in the band’s 40+ year career (released 16th October 2015).

This extensive anthology feature’s the band’s entire UK singles catalogue, including the million-selling number 1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’ in this 89-track, 33 CD box set. The set also includes two bonus CDs, Showaddywaddy original ‘Greatest Hits’ album (#4 in 1976) and their number 1 album ‘Greatest Hits 1976 - 1978’, the only two of the band’s original albums not yet reissued in their original form.

All CDs are packaged in replica mini-sleeves which includes some of their international release artwork. Also featured is a 36-page booklet with liners notes from Steve Thorpe, and an introduction from Dave Bartram.

The box set is released under the Edsel label, cat no. SWWSNGBOX01 and can be order from...

Dave Bartram’s new book “All Mapped Out” - Release March 2015

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In a professional singing career spanning thirty-eight years Dave Bartram was the charismatic frontman and voice synonymous with the multi-million selling seventies and eighties' hit-makers Showaddywaddy.

An avid traveller, during that time Dave has visited all seventy cities of the United Kingdom (69 official and one crown dependency), each with its own tale to tell.

In his second outing as a writer, hot on the heels of the side-splitting The Boys of Summer, Dave recollects a potpourri of on-the-road anecdotes borne of frustration, hysteria and triumph, focusing to a large degree on the seemingly endless scrapes befalling a touring performer, most with hilarious consequences.

In an honest, no holds barred appraisal All Mapped Out transports the reader to every hidden nook and cranny within the British Isles, from Inverness to Truro and Hull to tiny St. Davids, demonstrating the strength of character, but above all sense of humour required to endure a lifetime in the topsy-turvy sphere of rock 'n' roll.

(All Mapped Out was exclusively available via the Fantom website from the 2nd March 2015.
Update 29th August 2015 - All Mapped Out is now available from Amazon!)

The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988

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Showaddywaddy had more UK hits in the 1970s than any other act…including Abba…any act! From their winning appearance on an edition of ‘New Faces’, the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ of the day, to become runners-up in the series’ ‘All Winners Final’, it took just a matter of months until the band released and secured their debut hit, ‘Hey Rock And Roll’, which reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart.

This extensive 40th Anniversary anthology features the band’s entire 20th century catalogue of recorded material, including all of their original studio albums in mini-vinyl replica wallets, non-Album A and B sides, together with a selection of alternative mixes and unreleased rarities unearthed from the vaults, in this 139-track, 10CD box set.

The 36-page booklet includes a 7,000 word liner note from Showaddywaddy expert Steve Thorpe and an introduction from the band’s Dave Bartram.

The box set features the bands’ 23 UK hits, including the Million-Selling #1 single, ‘Under The Moon Of Love’.

For full details about this exciting release, check out the box set product page.