This UK rock band of the late 70s were notable mainly for the membership of Paul Young (b. 17 January 1956, Luton, Bedfordshire, England). Having played in local group, Kat Kool And The Kool Kats, Young formed Streetband in 1977 with John Gifford (guitar/vocals), Mick Pearl (bass/vocals), Roger Kelly (guitar) and Vince Chaulk (drums, ex-Mr Big, whose biggest hit was ‘Romeo’ in 1977). The group’s R&B-tinged music brought a recording contract with Logo Records. The debut album was produced by Chas Jankel, Ian Dury’s songwriting partner. The first single, ‘Hold On’ had a novelty b-side, ‘Toast’ which gained airplay and became a Top 20 hit in 1978. Streetband returned to their hard-rocking approach for later singles and a second album which included Jools Holland playing keyboards. Lack of further commercial success precipitated the break-up of the group in 1979 when Young, Gifford and Pearl formed the soul group Q-Tips.
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