Kenny was an English pop, rock and glam rock band that formed in London in 1974 and had several hit singles in the UK in the mid-1970s, including "The Bump" and "Fancy Pants".

Kenny
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop, Rock, glam rock, bubblegum pop
Years active1974–1979
LabelsRAK Records, Polydor Records
Associated actsBay City Rollers
Past membersRick Driscoll
Yan Style
Chris Redburn
Chris Lacklison
Andy Walton

CareerEdit

In 1973, Irish showband singer Tony Kenny, former lead singer with The Sands and The Vampires, recorded a single, "Heart of Stone", written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter and produced by Mickie Most. It was released under the name Kenny, and, after the singer returned to Ireland, the single became a hit in Britain, as did a follow-up release, "Give It to Me Now".[1]

Most then decided to capitalise on their success by renaming a completely unconnected North London band called Chuff, as Kenny.[2] Former child actor Keith Chegwin was considered as lead singer but he declined.[3] Martin and Coulter wrote the bulk of the successful songs for the group, starting with "The Bump", which reached the Top 3 in the official UK singles chart. They had three further records reach the charts in the UK: "Fancy Pants", "Baby I Love You OK", and "Julie Anne".[2] The band were at one stage managed by John Morris, the husband of singer Clodagh Rodgers.[4]

Uncredited lead and background vocals on "The Bump" were performed by Barry Palmer.[5]

In 1996, lead singer Rick Driscoll appeared on the 'Identity Parade', on the BBC Television programme Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is based in Corfu, where he skippers charter yachts.[6]

Band MembersEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year A-Side B-Side Label Other
1974 "The Bump"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
"Forget the Janes, the Jeans and the Might Have Beens"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
RAK 186 UK # 3; originally recorded by the Bay City Rollers as the B-side of their October 1974 hit, "All of Me Loves All of You"
1975 "Fancy Pants"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
"I'm a Winner"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
RAK 195 UK # 4
1975 "Baby I Love You, OK!"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
"The sound of Super K"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
RAK 207 UK #12
1975 "Julie Anne"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
"Dancin' Feet"
(Rick Driscoll, Yan Style)
RAK 214 UK # 10, Australia # 6
1975 "Nice to Have You Home"
(Bill Martin-Phil Coulter)
"Happiness Melissa"
(Rick Driscoll, Yan Style)
RAK 225
1976 "Hot Lips"
(Craig, Adamberry)
"Bangin' My Head Against A Brick Wall"
(Rick Driscoll, Yan Style)
Polydor Germany # 20
1976 "Red Headed Lady"
(Tony Macaulay-Roger Greenaway)
"Alone Together"
(Rick Driscoll, Yan Style)
Polydor Germany # 49
1976 "Old Songs Never Die"
(Tony Macaulay-Roger Greenaway)
"Don't Hold On"
Polydor (did not chart)
1979 "Reach Out I'll Be There"
(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier)
"Time Is The Healer"
(Nash, Style)
Decca (did not chart)[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tony Kenny". Irish-showbands.com. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Kenny - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ Brightwell, Eric. "Kenny - Biography". Amoeba Music. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ Wilde, Diana: The Glam Rock Files. Independent September 2017. ISBN 978-1549647253. Pages 62-63
  5. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 299. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "Rick Driscoll owner of Blue Planet and your Captain/Your Skipper". Sailblueplanet.co.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  7. ^ "This Day In Music - May 1st - BuzzJack Music Forum". Buzzjack.com. Retrieved 14 December 2012.

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