Formed in 1967 and originally known simply as the Bandwagon, this popular soul group consisted of four former solo singers who decided to pool their resources. John Johnson (b. Florida, USA), Terry Lewis (b. Baltimore, Ohio, USA), Arthur Fullilove (b. New York City, USA) and Billy Bradley (b. Rochester, New York, USA) had a hit with their debut UK release when ‘Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache’ reached number 4 in October 1968. This pulsating dance song was the quartet’s biggest hit, but two years later they enjoyed further success with Tony Macaulay’s ‘Sweet Inspiration’ and ‘(Blame It) On The Pony Express’, both of which reached the UK Top 10. The group was latterly based in Britain where, unlike in America, they had been well received. Johnson assumed leadership as original members dropped out, until the billing eventually read ‘Johnny Johnson And His Bandwagon’. However the singer’s frenetic vocal style proved inflexible and as the band’s recordings grew increasingly predictable, so their commercial success waned.
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