In the early 1970s, Lol Mason, Steve Broughton, Max Thomas and Chris Dunn were playing original acoustic music in the Birmingham area. They toured the clubs of the Midlands and turned professional towards the end of 1975. They were offered a recording contract by Phonogram
Records on the condition that they change their name from “Back In the Band” and add drums and electric guitar. This prompted them to recruit drummer Roger Kent and guitarist Mike Slamer.
City Boy’s first five albums were produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who was recommended to them by Polygram A&R guy Chris Peers, and are among the first albums he produced after relocating to the UK from South Africa. Lange became the seventh member of the band, helping Chris Dunn hone his bass guitar skills and assisting with City Boy’s vocal harmonies.
Their breakthrough came in 1978 with their hit song ‘18.104.22.168.’ (Mutt Lange’s first hit single outside of his homeland of South Africa). Their
subsequent album was named Book Early. The ‘22.214.171.124.’ single reached the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, achieving also a silver award for 200,000 copies sold and the single also made the top 30 in the U.S., peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a sizeable Top 40 hit in Australia.