Clout formed as an all-female group in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1977.
Their first and biggest hit, Substitute, was a new arrangement of a Righteous Brothers song, composed by Willie Wilson. In 1978, their version reached #1 in South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium. It also reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the UK charts for 15 weeks. In the US, the song reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A major success in Europe, Clout scored more Top 10 singles, including Save Me, You’ve Got All of Me and Under Fire.
Clout split up in 1981, shortly after the release of their last major single, a re-arrangement of the Hall and Oates song Portable Radio.
Ilene “Lee” Tomlinson
Ingrid “Ingi” Herbst