Boney M

Boney M

Boney M

Boney M

Orchard Stage – Sunday

Boney M were a phenomenon during the ’70s. After German record producer Frank Farian recorded the single “Baby Do You Wanna Bump?” (which was successful in Holland and Belgium), he created Boney M to support the song, bringing in four West Indian vocalists who had been working as session singers in Germany — Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell, Maizie Williams, and Bobby Farrell. “Daddy Cool” reached the U.K. Top Ten in February 1977, followed in April by a remake of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny.” In July, “Ma Baker” just missed the U.K. number one spot, and “Belfast” hit the Top Ten in December. In 1978, Boney M. were at the height of their popularity with “Rivers of Babylon”/”Brown Girl in the Ring,” which became the second-biggest selling single in U.K. chart history; “Rivers of Babylon” was also Boney M.’s only U.S. Top 40 hit. Their album Nightflight to Venus topped the U.K. charts. In October 1978, “Rasputin” became another U.K. Top Ten hit, followed by the seasonal chart-topper “Mary’s Boy Child”/”Oh My Lord,” which became the fifth biggest-selling single in U.K. history. In March 1979, “Painter Man” hit the U.K. Top Ten, followed in May by “Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday.” In September, the album Oceans of Fantasy hit number one. Their music continued to sell well in Europe, with a compilation hitting the U.K. Top Ten in 1994. Today the band are enjoying performing on festival line ups across the UK with their catchy hits being the perfect fare for a sunny afternoon sing-a-long.