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CAN YOU BELIEVE YOUR EARS?

FOR DECADES, POP HAS BEEN LITTERED WITH ACTS WHOSE PERFORMANCES OR RECORDINGS RECEIVED A LITTLE HELP BEHIND THE SCENES. FROM BONEY M. TO MILLI VANILLI AND BLACK BOX TO TECHNOTRONIC, CLASSIC POP INVESTIGATES HOW SOME CHART STARS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY MIGHT SEEM…
Milli Vanilli’s Grammy Award for Best New Artist was withdrawn when it emerged that the pair hadn’t sung on their debut album
© Everett Collection Inc/Alamy Stock Photo

There was a time, of course, when the artist barely mattered at all. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, the song (or song sheet, from a business perspective) was what it was really about.

Acts would record their interpretation of a tune and hope their version would be the one to cut through. Even during the early years of the rock ‘n’ roll era, multiple versions of a song would chart at the same time. Michael Holliday made the UK No.1 spot with his version of Bacharach & David’s The Story Of My Life in 1958 by seeing off rival concurrent hit cuts by Alma Cogan, Dave King and Gary Miller. Seven years later, Cilla Black’s version of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ was still able to share one week’s UK Top 3 with the original by The Righteous Brothers.

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Classic Pop magazine is the ultimate celebration of great pop and chart music. Each month we bring you the very best artist interviews and features, music news plus a packed reviews section. From the new wave acts of the late-70s through to the synth-pop, New Romantic, ska, indie and guitar greats of the 80s and chart stars of the 90s, it’s all here. We also bring the story bang up-to-date with new acts that have a retro flavour.