The DELEGATION Band
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The band responsible for the smash hits covering 3 decades... tracks like 'Where Is The LOVE'... 'You And I' & 'I Want You Back', Oh Honey & many more... but it doesn't stop there, CAUSE WERE STILL writing, performing & enjoying life!
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Official Bio from Wikipedia
Delegation was a British soul musical group with a lengthy career, and a huge amount of international success. They were widely accepted in US as the leading light of soul from the UK based on the crossover hit, "Oh Honey" (1978). Their biggest UK success came in 1977, with the Top 30 hit single, "Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)".
Delegation was formed in the United Kingdom in 1975 by Ricky Bailey, Len Coley and Roddy Harris. Working with record producer/songwriter Ken Gold (who masterminded The Real Thing), they began releasing a series of moderately successful singles such as "The Promise of Love" and "Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)". But their fortunes changed for the better in 1977 with the release of "Oh Honey," a mid tempo cut that hit the Top Ten in several countries. The accompanying album, The Promise of Love, included the ballad "Mr. Heartbreak", "Where Is The Love (We Used To Know)" and "Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)," which also charted.
Coley left the band and Bruce Dunbar took his place. In 1979, Delegation released Eau De Vie, on the Ariola label and had international hits with "Heartache #9", "You And I" and the "Put A Little Love On Me". By 1980, Coley and Harris were replaced by Ray Patterson and Bruce Dunbar, and group continued on with their hard work and projects to maintain their success.
They followed with an eponymously titled album in 1981 and Deuces High in 1982. All charted in Europe but not so successful in the U.S. In 1984 Dunbar quit and was replaced by Kathy Bryant. The Delegation recorded a couple more singles and continued to perform through the end of the decade. The record It's Your Turn, on Epic was a major success in France, and The Mix on Scorpio Records, a segue compilation of five of their greatest hits also sold for the band.
Bailey reunited with Gold to form Euro-Jam Records in the mid 1990s, to repackage Delegation's earlier recordings into new compilation albums, and reformed the group to release Encore in Europe in 1999, but this was Delegation's final recording.
"Oh Honey" was sampled on Three Times Dope's "Funky Dividends", from 1989's Original Stylin' ; Geto Boys's "Quickie" from We Can't Be Stopped in 1991; "When Will They Shoot?", which appeared on Ice Cube's 1992 album, The Predator in 1994 "Ugly Bitches", which was featured on Coolios It Takes A Thief; also on "Glow", a track on Jake One's 2008 album, White Van Music; and on "Chillin' Wiv da Man Dem", a track on Dizzee Rascal's 2009 album, Tongue N' Cheek. Whilst "Heartache #9" was sampled by Phats & Small on their 1999 album, Now Phats What I Small Music. It was also sampled in the house music song, "Back to the Funk" by Klusters.
Bailey was a guest on the 'identity parade' on series 13 of BBC Television's programme, Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
"Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)" (1977) – UK #22 "You've Been Doing Me Wrong" (1977) – UK #49 "Oh Honey" (1978) – U.S. R&B #6, U.S. Pop #45 "Put a Little Love on Me" (1979) "Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)" (1979) – U.S. R&B #45, (1980) – U.S. R&B #66, U.S. Dance #57 "You and I" (1979) "Welcome To My World" (1980) – U.S. R&B #50 "Singing/Twelfth House" (1981) – UK "In Love's Time" (1981) – U.S. R&B #54 Albums
The Promise of Love (1978) – U.S. R&B #8, Pop #84 Eau De Vie (1979) Delegation (1980) – U.S. R&B #69 Delegation II (1981) Deuces High (1982)