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Boney M.

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Although they never had much success in America, the Euro-disco group Boney M. were a European phenomenon during the '70s. After German record producer Frank Farian (born in 1942) recorded the single "Baby Do You Wanna Bump?" (which was successful in Holland and Belgium), he created Boney M. to support the song, bringing in four West Indian vocalists who had been working as session singers in Germany -- Marcia Barrett (b. October 14, 1948, St. Catherines, Jamaica), Liz Mitchell (b. July 12, 1952, Clarendon, Jamaica), Maizie Williams (b. March 25, 1951, Monserrat, West Indies), and Bobby Farrell (b. October 6, 1949, Aruba, West Indies, d. December 30, 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia). "Daddy Cool" reached the U.K. Top Ten in February 1977, followed in April by a remake of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." In July, "Ma Baker" just missed the U.K. number one spot, and "Belfast" hit the Top Ten in December. In 1978, Boney M. were at the height of their popularity with "Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring," which became the second-biggest selling single in U.K. chart history. "Rivers of Babylon" also was Boney M.'s only U.S. Top 40 hit. Boney M.'s album, Nightflight to Venus, also topped the U.K. charts. In October 1978, "Rasputin" became another U.K. Top Ten hit, followed by the seasonal chart-topper "Mary's Boy Child"/"Oh My Lord," which became the fifth-biggest selling single in U.K. history. In March 1979, "Painter Man" hit the U.K. Top Ten, followed in May by "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday." In September, the album Oceans of Fantasy hit number one. Their music continues to sell well in Europe, with a compilation hitting the U.K. Top Ten in 1994. Farian went on to create the late-'80s dance sensation Milli Vanilli. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Boney M.

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    15 songs

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    The Christmas Mix

    17 songs

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    Best Of

    13 songs

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    Barbra Streisand: Boney M. Goes Club

    16 songs

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    America: Das Party Album

    14 songs

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    Christmas Time

    15 songs

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    Ten Thousand Lightyears

    19 songs

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    Christmas with Boney M

    15 songs

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    Boonoonoonoos [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Eye Dance [Bonus Tracks]

    14 songs

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    Kalimba de Luna [Reissue]

    12 songs

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    Love for Sale [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Nightflight to Venus [Bonus Tracks]

    15 songs

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    Oceans of Fantasy [Bonus Tracks]

    10 songs

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    Take the Heat Off Me [Bonus Tracks]

    16 songs

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    The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs

    16 songs

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    Christmas Party

    16 songs

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    Happy Christmas

    16 songs

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    Sunny

    16 songs

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    Daddy Cool

    53 songs

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    Diamonds (40th Anniversary Edition)

    5 songs

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    Barbra Streisand

    31 songs

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    Boney M. - 2 in 1 (In The Mix/The Best 12inch Versions)

    62 songs

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    Original Album Classics

    36 songs

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    Let It All Be Music

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Top Songs by
Boney M.

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    Popularity
  2.   Rasputin
  3.   Rivers of Babylon
  4.   Daddy Cool
  5.   Ma Baker
  6.   Sunny
  7.   Children of Paradise
  8.   Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord
  9.   No More Chain Gang
  10.   Hold on I'm Coming
  11.   Silly Confusion
  12.   Megamix
  13.   Brown Girl in the Ring
  14.   Boney M. on 45
  15.   Hark the Herald Angel Sing
  16.   Bahama Mama
  17.   Painter Man
  18.   Zion's Daughter
  19.   Consuela Biaz
  20.   Going Back West
  21.   Hooray Hooray
  22.   Gadda-Da-Vida
  23.   Have You Ever Seen the Rain
  24.   No Woman No Cry
  25.   Marilyn Monroe vs Barbra Streisand
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Boney M.

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    Disco Hits

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    Capital Cities: I Am The DJ

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    Holiday Deep Dive


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