- Hello (band)
Hello was originally started in 1968 by Bob Bradbury under the name of The Flashback Berries.The core of Hello was founded in 1971, originally being called The Age. Their biggest success came in the UK and
Germanyin the mid 1970s.
Their Top 10 hits in the
UK Singles Chartwere "Tell Him" (a cover of The Exciters1963 hit) and " New York Groove", the latter of which was written by Argent band member Russ Ballard.cite book
title= British Hit Singles & Albums
publisher= Guinness World Records Limited
pages= p. 249
id= ISBN 1-904994-10-5] "New York Groove" was later covered to provide a solo
Billboard Hot 100chart hit in the U.S., for the rock guitarist Ace Frehleyof the band Kiss.
They were recruited to
Australian comedian Barry Humphries' "Side by Side" movie, appearing alongside Mud, The Rubettes, and Stephanie de Sykes; the "Side by Side" soundtrackfeatures reprises of "Game's Up" and "Bend Me Shape Me," alongside hit offerings from Fox, Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, Billy Ocean, and Gary Glitter. Their debut album, "Keeps Us Off the Streets", was released, wrapped in a mock denimcover and the band's next single, Ballard's "Star Studded Sham", brought them another German Top 20 hit, on the heels of a sell-out tour with Smokie. However by 1979, with no recording contract, the band split up, with former guitarist Keith Marshall releasing a solo effort, "Only Crying", in 1981. It found a place in record charts worldwide.
On 22 October 1999, Bob Bradbury appeared on the Identity Parade on the
BBC Televisionprogramme, " Never Mind the Buzzcocks".
According to the band's official
website, in 2002 original lead singer and rhythm guitarist Bradbury reformed the band with him as the sole remaining founding member.
*"You Move Me" (1972)
*"Another School Day" (1973)
*"Bend Me Shape Me"
New York Groove" (1975) - UK #9
*"Star Studded Sham"
*"Love Stealer" (1976)
*"Seven Rainy Days"
*"Let it Rock"
*"Shine on Silver Light"
*"Good old USA" (1977)
*"Heart Get Ready for Love" / "Voodoo Eyes"
*"Slow Motion" (1978)
*"Feel this Thing" (1979)
*"Plenty More Fish In The Sea" (2007)
*"Keeps Us Off The Streets" - (1975)
*"New York Groove" - (1999)
*"The Glam Singles Collection" - (2001)
*Bob Bradbury (born Robert Bradbury,
14 January 1956, Hampstead) - lead vocalist / guitarist
*Keith Marshall (born
5 June 1956, Hampstead, North West London) - guitarist / vocalist
*Vic Faulkner (born Victor Faulkner,
27 February 1956, Hampstead) - bassist
*Jeff Allen (born Jeffrey Allen,
23 April 1946, in Matlock, Derbyshire) - drummer
Current live band:
*Bob Bradbury - lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist
*Simon Ellis - guitarist / vocalist
*Duncan Kenyon - bassist
*Jaspa Tex - drummer
* Hello's drummer, Jeff Allen is the brother of
Ultravox's one time bass guitarist, Chris Cross. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:k9fpxqu5ldje~T1 Allmusic biography] ]
* Allen had earlier played with East of Eden.
* Jeff Allen is currently a postman in Harpenden, Herts.
* "Bend Me Shape Me" was a cover of Amen Corner's 1968 UK Number 3 hit.
* Hello once backed
Gary Glitteron one of his tours.
* Bradbury now has a
recording studiocalled City Studios, [ [http://www.citystudios.net/ Citystudios.net] ] located in Welwyn Garden City. He has helped produce such artists as Scoob Dooby Doo, 9Bar, The Bleach Boys [ [http://www.thebleachboys.co.uk/ Thebleachboys.co.uk] ] C.A.D. (aka EMW - England's Most Wanted) and Coogan [ [http://www.coogan-music.com/ Coogan-Music.com] ]
* Current bassist Duncan Kenyon also runs a rehearsal studio called Farm Factory [ [http://www.farmfactorystudios.com/ Farmfactorystudios.com] ] in the same building as Bradbury's City Studio.
* "New York Groove" is featured in the video game "
Grand Theft Auto IV".
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* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:clx8b5z4tsq4~T1 Hello's AMG web page]
* [http://helloband.co.uk Hello's official web page]
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