” Making Your Mind Up ” is by the British group, Bucks Fizz. The four-piece was made up of Bobby G, Mike Nolan, Jay Aston and Cheryl Baker. In late 1980 songwriter, Andy Hill joined John Danter to write and compose ” Making Your Mind Up ” with the goal of entering it into the Europe finals a year later.
They also teamed up with a former singer called Nichola Martin and set about recording a demo to enter. The demo featured the vocals of Hill, Martin and Mike Nolan, who was a singer Martin had worked with previously. Martin needed a line up to enter the song with and went on to recruit Cheryl Baker, Bobby G and Jay Aston to join Mike Nolan.
A recording deal was sealed with record label RCA Records and Hill spent a week with the group recording ” Making Your Mind Up ” in Mayfair Studios in London England. Backing vocals for the track were supplied by Alan Carvell, who went on to perform backing vocals in the Eurovision performance.
A new record company called Paper Music, which was owned by Billy Lawrie who was the brother of singer Lulu, published the song.The dance moves were Choreographed by Chrissie Whickham, who in the past was a member of the famous dance troupe Hot Gossip. She spent two days working with the group on the now famous dance routine.
At the Song for Europe finals on the 11th of March 1981 the group performed the song, and although the competition was stiff with the favourite Liquid Gold to win, Bucks Fizz went on to win with considerable ease. After the win, the group went on a promotional tour of the song around the United Kingdom, including appearing on the then top music show Top Of The Pops. The single entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty-four, rising to number five the following week and then onto Number One.
Today some thirty odd years later ” Making Your Mind Up ” is still loved by those that remember that night and the ripping away of the skirts.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 1, Austria 1, The Netherlands 1, Belgium 1, Spain 1, Israel 1, Denmark 1, Sweden 2, Norway 2, New Zealand 3, Switzerland 3, Germany 5, Australia 6, South Africa 7
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