Paperlace

Approx price. £1000 - £1500

With smash hits Billy Dont Be a Hero and the platinum selling The Night Chicago Died, Paperlace were one of the biggest bands of the 70s.


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About Paperlace

Paper Lace consisted of Philip Wright, Cliff Fish, Chris Morris, Carlo Santanna, and Michael Vaughan .  Hailing from Nottingham, Paper Lace was formed in 1969 and in early 1974 they won ITV's talent contest Opportunity Knocks.

  Thanks to that show they were quickly signed by songwriters / producers Mitch Murray and Peter Callender.  The smash hit 'Billy Don't be a Hero' stayed three weeks at No. 1 on the British Chart in March 1974, and an equally catchy story song reached the No. 3 position; it was called 'The Night Chicago Died' . Another hit  'The Black Eyed Boys'  took Paper Lace to No. 11 in late 1974.

With their American subject matter, it was logical that 'Billy Don't Be A Hero' and  'The Night Chicago Died'  should become US hits, however Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods were the first to release 'Billy', and Paper Lace had to be content with a No. 96 placing , but enjoyed their own American chart-topper with ' Chicago '.

They were the most successful band Nottingham ever produced and were invited to perform on the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen Mother.


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