” Now Those Days Are Gone ” is by Bucks Fizz, the British pop group. Made up of Bobby G, Mike Nolan, Jay Aston and Cheryl Baker. The four-piece is best known for ” Making Your Mind Up “ which won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland.
The single, released in March 1981 as the group’s debut single was a huge hit becoming a Number One single in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, where it held the top spot for three weeks.
” Now Those Days Are Gone ” was written by Andy Hill and Nichola Martin. Andy is an English record producer and songwriter. Although best known for his work with Bucks Fizz, he has also worked with Leo Sayer, Cher, Peter Cetera, Cliff Richard, Celine Dion, Eminem and The Wanted. The songwriter has been nominated seven times for the Ivor Novello Awards, winning twice in the category Best Song Musically and Lyrically and once for Songwriter of the Year.
Nichola Martin, married to Andy at the time, is an English songwriter who went on and managed Bucks Fizz, which was named after her favourite drink. Along with her husband, Nichola wrote many of the group’s hits. She also wrote for the artists Bardo and Paris.
The song was released on the 6th of June 1982 by record label RCA ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken from their second Album, Are You Ready. The Album, released on the 26th of April 1982, features two UK Number Ones, ” The Land of Make Believe ” and ” My Camera Never Lies “.
The Album peaked at number ten on the UK Albums Chart, giving the group their first Top Ten position, it was to be the only one to do so.
” Now Those Days Are Gone ” was a break away from the type of upbeat music the group had released, a cappella piece that featured soft harmonies, it was their only single to feature Mike Nolan as lead vocalist. It was also to be the last song co-written by Andy Hill for the group.
Lyrically the song is built around the narrator who looks back on his younger days, recalling how innocent he was then. It also has him reflecting on his love he once felt for his partner.
The accompanying music video was set in World War II with Mike Nolan playing a radio singer and the rest of the group being caught in a love triangle. Most of the video was filmed on location in Hyde Park, London. Mike’s scenes were shot in a studio.
” Now Those Days Are Gone ” was a commercial success for Bucks Fizz. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 19th of June 1982 and reached a peak of number eight. It spent one week in the Top Ten and a total of nine weeks on the UK Chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 5
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