Len Coley and Roddy Harris formed DELEGATION in
Birmingham, during the mid 70’s; later adding Jamaican born Ricky Bailey whose
voice was to give them added flair on lead, helping them to compete in the
competitive UK Soul Market. The Group worked with one of the UK’s most prolific
hit makers of the 70’s and 80’s, Ken Gold, responsible for masterminding The
Real Thing as well as writing and producing for artists such as The Nolans,
Liquid Gold and Billy Ocean who secured a deal with State Records after which the
group released a few UK singles with moderate success.
However, when Oh Honey hit the US charts in 1979 it
scored an incredibly impressive top 50 US Pop chart position and smoothly
grooved all the way to #6 in the US R&B charts helping the album enter the
top 100 on the Billboard Hot 200 and came to rest easily at #8 on the US
R&B album chart.
DELEGATION later moved to Ariola Records while
changing their line-up with Len Coley being replaced with Bruce Dunbar, a
Broadway Musical singer who starred in the musical "Hair" before
joining the band, bringing with him his captivating falsetto, so well suited to
DELEGATION’s smooth funky sound. Once they had drafted in the arranging talents
of keyboard virtuoso, Lynton Naismith, DELEGATION went to work on "Eau De Vie”
which would go on to become their highest selling album achieving a Gold Record
status in 1980.
In 1982 Delegation released their third album DEUCES HIGH on Ariola
Records which spawned the singles ‘If You Were A Song’ and ‘Gonna Bring The
House Down’ in the UK. DEUCES HIGH is another high quality set of smooth, funky
sounds from one of the UKs foremost acts of the disco era and will thrill and
excite the discerning dance music lover in equal measure.
BBR is very proud to bring you DEUCES HIGH, completely
re-mastered and repackaged including extensive liner notes featuring an
interview with Rick Bailey and extended bonus content.
DEUCES HIGH is a must have for all Disco, Soul and
Funk fans out there! Especially those who have picked up BBRs re-masters of
Delegations "Eau De Vie” and "Delegation II” and want to complete the group’s
early album releases.
Release Date: 25/02/2013