|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock and roll doo wop surf surf rock rockabilly oldies rock n roll drag rocknroll surf guitar asparagus brine salt|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
After the demise of the UKs John Dummer Blues Band, Iain Thompson (bass) and drummer John Dummer joined forces with Hammy Howell (24 October 1954, London, England, d. 13 January 1999, Torquay, Devon, England; keyboards), Horatio Hornblower (b. Nigel Trubridge; saxophone) and singers Rita Ray, Griff Fender (Ian Collier), bass player Den Hegarty and Bob Fish (ex-Mickey Jupp) as revivalists mining the vocal harmony seam of rock n roll. Dave Kelly, an ex-Dummer guitarist, was a more transient participant. Bursting upon metropolitan clubland in the late 70s, Darts were championed by pop historian and Radio London disc jockey Charlie Gillett who helped them procure a Magnet Records contract. Their debut single - a medley of Daddy Cool and Little Richards The Girl Cant Help It - ascended the UK Top 10 in 1977, kicking off three years of high charting entries in the singles lists that mixed stylized self-compositions...