Darts – Darts (1977) – Lp
Darts were a nine-piece British doo-wop revival band that achieved chart success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The popular London-based band had a number of UK top 20 hits including three successive number twos with revivals of early US rock and roll and R&B songs.
Label: Magnet Records
Catalog# 5N 058-60103
Founded in 1976, by Den Hegarty along with Griff Fender, Rita Ray and Horatio Hornblower, all former members of the band Rocky Sharpe and the Razors. Joining the band was Thump Thompson, George Currie and John Dummer, all ex members of the John Dummer’s Blues Band. The line-up was completed by Hammy Howell and ex Mickey Jupp singer Bob Fish. They built up a large following playing clubs and universities, although their break came after they appeared on Charlie Gillett‘s show on BBC Radio London in October 1976. This secured the band a recording contract with Magnet Records, where they were teamed up with record producer Tommy Boyce who had previously produced The Monkees. Covering 1950s rock and roll hits, they scored their first UK hit in November 1977 with a medley of “Daddy Cool” (originally a US 1957 hit for The Rays), “Zing went the strings of my heart]” (originally a US 1958 hit for The Coasters) and Little Richard‘s 1957 hit “The Girl Can’t Help It“. More cover versions followed in 1978 with “Come Back My Love” (originally recorded by US R&B group The Wrens in 1955).
1. Daddy Cool / The Girl Can’t Help It (2:26)
2. Young Blood (2:43)
3. Too Hot In The Kitchen (2:21)
4. Sometime Lately (2:36)
5. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart (3:05)
6. Shotgun (2:44)
1. Come Back My Love (3:03)
2. Bells In My Heart (2:09)
3. Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) (2:47)
4. Stay Away (From The Girls) (2:31)
5. I’m Mad / Fancy Man / Framed / Riot In Cell Block No.9 / Trouble (4:39)