Roman Holliday formed in Harlow, Essex, and settled on a blend of swing/jive that appealed to DJ John Peel who supported and promoted the group, resulting in a record contract with London’s Jive Records.
A Top 20 hit in 1983 with Don’t Try To Stop It promoted the group to the A-League, and they found themselves touring Europe, Japan and America (where they toured with The Stray Cats).
Their single Stand By went to #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart in November 1983 and the group also charted in Japan,
Roman Holliday called it a day in 1985. Jon Durno became musical director for Page 3 girl Samantha Fox, guitarist Brian Bonhomme studied history and began teaching at a university in Arkansas (USA) while Simon Cohen became a London cab driver.
The group reunited in 2001 for a reunion gig at The Borderline in London.