The faithful doo-wop recreations of Darts enamoured them to the college circuit long before they took up residence in the Top 10.
The nine-piece group – comprising a front-line of four singers (including Rita Ray, Dan Hegarty and Bob Fish, previously members of Rocky Sharpe and the Razors) plus five backing musicians – were pure entertainment. Their first single, Daddy Cool (originally recorded by The Rays on the back of their 1957 hit Silhouettes), reached the Top Ten at the start of 1978 and was followed into the chart by a series of smashes including Come Back My Love, The Boy From New York City and It’s Raining.
By the end of the seventies, they had demonstrated their resounding popularity with two gold albums – Darts and Everybody Plays Darts – and a television-advertised compilation double, The Amazing Darts, which went platinum.
Griff Fender (Ian Collier)
Iain ‘Thump’ Thompson