” Belfast ” is by Boney M, the vocal group. The group, formed by German record producer Frank Farian in 1976, was made up of Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell.
They were very popular during the disco era of the 70s. To date, Boney M’s Album releases are eight studio, thirty-eight compilation and remix. They also released thirty-eight singles.
Since the 80s, there have been line-up changes with the band performing with different members. Band member, Bobby Farrell, died the 30th of December 2010, in a hotel in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Boney M has sold more than 150 million records, making them one of the best-selling artists of all time.
The song was written by James Robert Bilsbury, Drafi Franz Richard Deutscher and Joe Menke. Production for the single was by Frank Farian, the German record producer and songwriter. He trained to be a cook before pursuing a career in the music business. Frank is famous as the founder of Boney M and Milli Vanilli, who had their 1990 Grammy Award for Best New Artist withdrawn after he admitted they hadn’t sung their songs.
” Belfast ” was released on the 19th of September 1977 by record labels Atlantic Records ( Warner Music Group ) in the United Kingdom, Carrere ( Defunct ) in France and Hansa Records ( Sony Music Entertainment ) in what was at the time as the Federal Republic of Germany ( FRG ). It remained a Republic until German reunification on the 3rd of October 1990.
The song was taken as the second single from Boney M’s second studio Album, Love for Sale. The Album, released on the 2nd of May 1977, featured elements of Euro disco, reggae and R&B. Frank Farian sang both lead and backing vocals on the Album.
Love for Sale reached number thirteen in the United Kingdom, twenty-four in the Netherlands and twenty-eight in Norway.
” Belfast ” was the first single by the group to feature lead vocals by member Marcia Barrett. Lyrically it’s about the troubles in Northern Ireland, mainly in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital.
The city became the centrepiece for what was known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflict. The Troubles began in 1968 and continued until 1998 when the Good Friday Agreement helped to end the violence. Today the city is popular with tourists.
The song was a commercial success for Boney M. In the United Kingdom it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 29th of October 1977 and reached a peak of number eight. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and thirteen weeks on the UK chart.
” Belfast ” was never released in the United States or Canada due to the political context of the lyrics, instead ” Daddy Cool ” was released there.
In Germany, ” Belfast ” topped the singles chart, spending twenty-seven weeks on the chart and becoming their fourth consecutive German Number One. The song also charted in Belgium, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium 1, France 1, Germany 1, Ireland 1, Switzerland 1, Austria 2, Netherlands 3, Spain 3, Italy 20
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