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Boney M

Although they never had much success in America, the Euro-disco group Boney M. were a European phenomenon during the '70s. After German record producer Frank Farian (born in 1942) 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 (b. October 14, 1948, St. Catherines, Jamaica), Liz Mitchell (b. July 12, 1952, Clarendon, Jamaica), Maizie Williams (b. March 25, 1951, Monserrat, West Indies), and Bobby Farrell (b. October 6, 1949, Aruba, West Indies, d. December 30, 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia). "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" also was Boney M.'s only U.S. Top 40 hit. Boney M.'s album, Nightflight to Venus, also 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 continues to sell well in Europe, with a compilation hitting the U.K. Top Ten in 1994. Farian went on to create the late-'80s dance sensation Milli Vanilli. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Oh, I wish I had known about them back in the late 70s, but they weren't popular or known here in the USA, but massively famous in Europe.

Better late than never, I suppose. : )
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Rn this is one of my fav songs✨��
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wrldctzn77
truely classic material
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Love this so g
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Oh man all their songs you can't help but want to really get your boogie on lol!
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Definitely a good group
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I've never heard this song lol its alright just not my cup of tea,
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john_w_g
Introduced to Boney M in High School in the late 70's and early 80's in upstate NY. My high school had a radio station and the student music director had alot of European music industry connections - so the station played Boney M.
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How do they have only 463 likes?
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The song by the river of babylon was the song in every concert in 1970.i was young kid
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serge9965
I love Daddy Cool (song)
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Heard Boney M all the time growing up in Turkey in the 1970s. Then came to the U.S. in 1985 and no one had ever heard of them. It's nice to hear all these songs now.
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Boney M . Very nice
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rip to my mother! this was one of her favorite songs! and to sit back and listen to it makes me feel like she is here with me now!:)
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1. Kiss your left hand . 2. Close your hand. 3. Say your crushes name. 4. Open your hand. 5. Say your name 6. Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on the day u pick!
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Very nice
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ericvivienne
THIS SONG HAS LOTS OF CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FOR ME.....I STILL LOVE IT!!! BONEY M WERE THE BEST DISCO BAND IN THE 70S!!!!
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Love this song
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One of my favorites. Owesome music. Love it.
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Listening Boney M from my childhood... . . e v e r y number brings energy into my daily work
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I LOVET IT!!!!!! :)
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I LOVET IT!!!!!! :)
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waoooo I love this song...
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Excelllent !! Reminds me when I was young !!
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Abba - my another favorite! I love the 70's music - disco...yeh!
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Love Boney M. Love to dance to it still!
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ritahrose
love boney m. used to watch my parents dance to his groove . can still relate to the lyrics
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crebbapr
This is the best group of 70's. Can never forget them...Amazi n g music
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saukkomies
I hated Disco when it came out. Then, I heard "Rasputin", and I fell in love with it! Boney M did not just perform great Disco, they were a fantastic band regardless of the genre.
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Its easy to get into it.....
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One of my very favorite groups from the 70's :)
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captainglenn 1
Boney M was one of the biggest bands in all the clubs in Germany, come on Pandora find Boney M
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I wonder why Pandora hasn't written about them yet
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1978 was the group's biggest year. They released a new double A-sided single, "Rivers of Babylon/Brow n Girl in the Ring", which became a massive hit all over Europe, reaching #1 in several countries as well as becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time in the UK. It also became their most successful single in the United States, peaking at #30 on the U.S. pop singles chart. Following this came their biggest-sell i n g album, Nightflight to Venus, which spawned another hit single, "Raspu
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vijayk81
It s amazing Boney M , being such popular band in the Commonwealth does nt even have a introduction in Pandora and is largely unknown in the US !!
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i love boney m. growing up in cuba, it was one of the only groups you could play without fear of persecution, so they were huge in the island. thank you for some awesome memories!
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My grandparents used to play this band in their car when we visited them since they lived farther away in Australia..w e lived in Melbourne, they lived in Hersbridge. On the long car-ride up their we listened to Rasputin and they told us the story of it. We always listen to this song and Video Killed the Radio Star. Now I love these songs, both. :)
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My musical pre-adolosce n c e will always have "By the rivers of Babylon" as background music. Daddy cool as well
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My mom loved this group, so I grew up listening to almost everything they sang. I also developed a lot of love for the group. The girls were so beautiful, and the guy was the greatest dancer in the whole world!!! I loved tracks like rasputin, daddy cool, plantation boy, have you ever seen the rain etc. Their christmas album is an all time best!!!
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I grew up with too. I think they're just amazing and think that if more people knew of them - they'd love them! The only Christmas album I have is theirs and people always ask me who it is and want names!
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Listened to these guys ages ago, probably over 20 years. Love their Night Flight to Venus and Rasputin! I can always tell when Boney M is playing!
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I've been to one of the parties, its so classic
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my dad used to listen to this and as a kid i have memories of him and thats all i have left of him.
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youtube "daddy cool" one of the best videos ever
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See:

http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / B o n e y _ M

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rudegal13
One of the best artists of their day!

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