Former backing singers to Wham!, Lawrie ‘Pepsi’ Demacque (b. 10 December 1958, Paddington, London, England) and Shirlie Holliman (b. 18 April 1962, Watford, Hertfordshire, England) embarked on a solo career after that group’s break-up in 1986. This connection was put to great use in the UK teenage magazine market where their pop/dance style appealed to suburban audiences. Signing to Polydor Records, the duo achieved two UK Top 10 singles in 1987 with ‘Heartache’ (number 2) and ‘Goodbye Stranger’ (number 9). Later singles fared less well and Change was released over three years after their debut. Though it included one song George Michael had written for them, ‘Someday’, it seemed that Pepsi And Shirlie’s following had moved on. The album failed to chart and no single success resulted. Their attempts to rehabilitate their image to that of club divas in 1993 fooled no one. Demacque went on to appear in several London musicals, in addition to finding regular employment as a session singer. Holliman married Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet.
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