Showaddywaddy was a popular 1970s pop group from Leicester, UK. They specialised in cover versions of U.S. pop songs from the 1950s and dressed as Teddy Boys. They sound similar to the American act Sha Na Na.
The band was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of two groups, Choise and The Golden Hammers. This led to an eight member band, with the unusual feature of having two vocalists, two drummers, two bassists and two guitarists. Their first single, Hey Rock ‘n’ Roll (written by the band), was released in April 1974. It reached number two in the UK singles chart. Showaddywaddy then went on to have a further 22 UK hits from this point until late 1982. The first few singles were all written by the band and these generally reached the top-20. However they had most of their biggest hits with pop versions of old ’50s US rock ‘n’ roll songs, catchy tunes backed up by their colourful image, dance routines and numerous television appearances. Some of their best known covers are Three Steps To Heaven, Heartbeat, Under The Moon Of Love, You Got What It Takes, Blue Moon (based on the Marcels’ interpretation), and I Wonder Why.
The band have long been established as Europe's most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. The record speaks for itself!
23 Top 40 hit singles, including 10 Top 5 hits (Under The Moon of Love, When, You Got What It Takes, 3 Steps To Heaven, Hey Rock & Roll, Etc!)15 massive selling albums (including the Christmas number 1 in 1978).
An incredible live show - acclaimed the world over!
In excess of 50 Top Of The Pops performances, and countless Industry awards!
Royal Variety performances (one to the delight of the Queen Mother - who actually requested to meet the band post-performance).
Bill toppers at the prestigious Golden Orpheus World Music Festival before a staggering TV audience of 300 million people - making history in the process by becoming the first western-world band to be screened live in Communist Cuba!
As if the band's amazing success through 4 decades were not enough, here now, well into the 21st Century the demand for these legendary performers is every bit as strong. Surely a testament to their outstanding reputation as live artists.