Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 2000s


Originally managed by one-time Them drummer Terry Noon, Honeybus was a vehicle for minor hit songwriters Pete Dello (Peter Blumson, 1943, England) and Ray Cane (b. Raymond Byart, 1945, England). Following the recruitment of Colin Hare (b. Colin Nicholls, 1946, England; vocals, guitar) and Peter Kircher (b. 1944, England; drums), the group was signed to the hip Decca Records subsidiary Deram Records. Their second single, ‘Do I Still Figure In Your Life’, with its plaintive lyric and striking string arrangement, received extensive airplay but narrowly failed to reach the Top 50. The similarly paced ‘I Can’t Let Maggie Go’ fared better, entering the charts in March 1968 and peaking at number 8 in the UK. Rather than exploiting the group’s success, however, Dello dramatically left Honeybus only months later, replaced by Jim Kelly. Deprived of their main songwriter and gifted arranger, the group failed to escape the one-hit-wonder trap,...

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