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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Milli Vanilli’s Grammy Award for Best New Artist was withdrawn when it emerged that the pair hadn’t sung on their debut album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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Issue 45 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue our cover stars are Boy George and Culture Club – we grab an in-depth interview with the iconic singer and guitarist Roy Hay as the band return with their first studio album in almost 20 years. We also find out what life was like inside Prince's backing group The Revolution from band member Lisa Coleman and hear from the Purple One's archivist Michael Howe about further unreleased material from the legendary singer. Need a buyer's guide to Pet Shop Boys? We look at the duo's complete career in our Lowdown feature. Former Fairground Attraction frontwoman Eddi Reader tells us all about her new album Cavalier and we also meet Sister Sledge who look back on their disco heyday. New albums from Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Blancmange and Neneh Cherry get the once-over alongside reissues by Yazoo, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian and much more. We also review live shows including Gabrielle, Simple Minds and The Proclaimers. Enjoy the issue!