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Band Announcement - 10th August 2020


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Dean Loach, Ray Hatfield and Billy Norman are leaving Showaddywaddy.

Dean is standing down due to unforeseen health issues, whilst Ray and Billy will be moving onto new projects.
Dean (keyboards/guitar) has been a member of Showaddywaddy for a number of years, playing his first gig in January 2012, whilst Ray (guitar) joined the band in January 2017, and Billy (bass) in January 2018.

Three new pro musicians will be joining Showaddywaddy shortly ready for the resumption of gigs as soon as Government guidelines allow.
Best wishes to Dean, Ray and Billy for the future!

(L-R: Rob Hewins, Romeo Challenger, Ray Hatfield, Andy Pelos, Billy Norman, Dean Loach).


Showaddywaddy’s Complete Gig Archive 1973 - 1999


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I am delighted to upload the all new and updated Showaddywaddy Gig Archive, an almost complete list of gigs performed by the band between 1973 and 1999 - nearly 2,200 gigs documented in total! The previous gig archive documented the period up to 1989 - now the next 10 years have been added, along with a lot of new historic dates discovered from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as notes for the year at the bottom of each page.





Gig Update


During 2020, the boys performed 20 gigs before the lockdown kicked in towards the end of March due to the Covid-19 pandemic - however Showaddywaddy’s gigs are slowly but surely being rearranged. Keep an eye on the Gig Dates page for updates.


Showaddywaddy TV Appearances


Coming soon - a full and comprehensive record of all of Showaddywaddy’s known television appearances from their first performance on New Faces in 1973, to their most recent appearances in the 2000s, a record over well over 200 appearances on the small screen!

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The Studio LP Collection 1974-1983


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The Studio LP Collection 1974-1983 was released on 18th October 2019, an 8LP limited edition vinyl box set including a 10”x8” signed print of original members Dave Bartram and Romeo Challenger.

Celebrating 45 years since Showaddywaddy released their debut Single, ‘Hey Rock And Roll’, each LP within the box is pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl, all individually coloured.

Comprising the Band’s eight consecutive studio albums, from the eponymous debut ‘Showaddywaddy’ (UK #9/1974), ‘Step Two’ (UK #7/1975), ‘Trocadero’ (UK #41/1976), ‘Red Star’ (UK #20/1977), ‘Crepes & Drapes’ (UK #8/1979), ‘Bright Lights’ (UK #33/1980), ‘Good Times’ (1981) and ‘Living Legends’ (1983).

The Studio LP Collection 1974-1983 is available to order now!


Showaddywaddy’s Gold Official Album Charts Run!


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19th April 2019 saw the release of Showaddywaddy Gold on heavyweight 180g gold colour vinyl and on a three CD set! This date also marks the 45th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut hit single ‘Hey Rock And Roll’! The vinyl features 16 of the band's best-known hits, including nine top-10 hits and the Million-Selling #1 single, 'Under The Moon Of Love', and has an introductory note from the Band's co-founder Dave Bartram.


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The 3-CD 61-track featuring all the songs on the vinyl, and some of the band’s best album tracks!

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 Showaddywaddy, 'Hey Rock And Roll'. The single reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart and Showaddywaddy eventually had more UK hits in the 1970s than any other act…including Abba!

The album entered the Official Album Charts at #15 on 26th April, and it remained in the charts for 9 weeks, its final top-100 place being at #95 on the chart of 21st June 2019.
The chart run made it the highest charting Showaddywaddy album since 1979’s ‘Crepes & Drapes’ which peaked at number 8, and the longest chart run since 1981’s ‘Very Best Of’ album which remained in the charts for 11 weeks.



Rare Material on Soundcloud


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There are plenty of rarities 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!




Flashback


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The mid 1980s was a tricky period for the band to negotiate. The decade started with the band’s unprecedented chart success of the 1970s beginning to slow, with some singles not entering the official charts, and also the albums “Good Times” (1981) and “Living Legends” (1983) failing to achieve chart status. The band however continued to be in much demand as a live act and continued to be constantly on the road. Television was also kind to Showaddywaddy in the early 1980s with many appearances on the likes of Top Of The Pops, Cheggars Plays Pop, Emu’s Magic Musical Show, Razzmattazz and Pebble Mill, not forgetting Showaddywaddy’s very own BBC TV special in December 1980.

Showaddywaddy had also left their long associated label Bell/Arista late in 1981, and a subsequent move to RCA. During 1984, Showaddywaddy recorded a number of TV shows to promote a single, “Out On The Town”, which was to be the first ‘original’ single (rather than cover version) released by the band since 1976 - however RCA decide not to release the single after all, much to the band’s and fans disappointment.

1984 saw Malcolm Allured leave the band, followed by Russ Field in 1985, Russ being quickly replaced by Ray Martinez. Gig records from 1986 appeared to show the band have a quieter period on the road, but details have been hard to find due to the demise of the fan club and consequent lack of gig lists to add to the historical record.

However in 1987, Showaddywaddy pressed heavily for a chart comeback with a new single, compilation album, and VHS video of promo videos recorded in the 1970s and 80s. The song earmarked for a single release was a newly recorded track, “Why?” originally recorded by The Cues in 1957, released on 7” and 12” vinyl, and promoted on TV, 3-2-1 (broadcast 11/10/87), and Live from the London Palladium (broadcast 21/11/87). The b-side to the single was the aforementioned “Out On The Town” that sadly lacked the energy of the 1984 version. Notably, vocalist Bill Gask was not present at the Palladium recording, having left the band in September, the 3-2-1 show been recorded shortly before his departure.

The accompanying album, released on cassette, vinyl and CD, despite a lot of promotion, only attained the number 90 position in the charts, and stayed in the top 100 for one week. The compilation wasn’t the first Showaddywaddy release on CD, with a couple of budget compilations coming out on CD earlier in the same year. The Best Steps To Heaven video featured 10 promotional videos, but two promos recorded were not included, the originals tapes presumably missing. It has since been discovered that all the original promo video masters are missing from the archives, having been recently attempted to be found for re-release. They must be somewhere! Furthermore, all original albums from the band’s debut to 1983’s Living Legends were all re-released on vinyl under the guise of ‘Step 1’ to ‘Step 8’, the opportunity to reissue on CD at that stage not being realised.

The rest of the 1980s saw no further releases, although a song was recorded in 1988, “Old Habits Die Hard” which was intended to be a single, but was not actually released until 2006. “Old Habits…” is a fantastic song and would have surely entered the charts had it been released back in ’88. The 1980s was a busy time for the band, with an unrelenting schedule that continued into the 1990s and beyond.