Shy Boy Bananarama



” Shy Boy ” is by Bananarama, the 80s British female vocal group from London, England. The group consisted of Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward.
The successful group had hits on both the pop and dance charts. According to The Guinness Book of Records, Bananarama is the all-female group with the most chart entries in the World. Their first single ” Aie a Mwana “, a Black Blood cover, became an underground hit and reached number ninety-two on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.
Their first mainstream success came when ex-Specials member Terry Hall invited Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward to feature on the track ” It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It ” by his new group Fun Boy Three. The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart in 1982, giving Bananarama their first real chart success in the United Kingdom.
The group had ten Top Ten hit singles in the United Kingdom and eleven singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Bananarama’s cover of Shocking Blue’s 1969 hit ” Venus ” topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1986, giving the girls their first and only US Number One.
Billboard magazine ranked them the 94th most successful dance artist of all-time in 2016. A new tour and single has been announced for 2017 by the original members.
” Shy Boy ” was written and produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain. The two were a successful British songwriting and music production team.
The pair met in 1975 and went on to work with some of the most significant stars of the 80s, and they produced the Album True for Spandau Ballet. Other artists, the duo worked with included Diana Ross, Tom Robinson, Errol Brown and Wang Chung. After they split, Tony Swain went on to produce Close, the million-selling Album by Kim Wilde.
The song was released in June 1982 by record label London Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the second single from their debut Album, Deep Sea Skiving.
The Album, released on the 7th of March 1983, peaked at number seven on the UK Album Chart. It was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ). The Album was in part produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain. They were dismissed by the group and Barry Blue, the British singer and producer who had a UK number two in 1973 with ” Dancin’ (on a Saturday Night) “, brought in to finish the production.
” Shy Boy ” was originally titled ” Big Red Motorbike ” but was changed as the members of the group didn’t like the lyrics. It is said to be a tribute to teenaged London pirate radio comedian Mark Gould.
The accompanying music video was directed by Midge Ure and Chris Cross who were both members of Ultravox, the British new wave band best known for their UK number two single ” Vienna “. The song was famously kept from the top of the UK Singles Chart by Joe Dolce’s novelty song, ” Shaddap You Face “. The video features a nerdy guy played by The Adventures lead vocalist Terry Sharpe, who was at the time Sara Dallin’s boyfriend.
” Shy Boy ” was a commercial success for Bananarama. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number eighty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending four weeks on the chart there. It also reached number fourteen on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 3rd of July 1982 and reached a peak of number four. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
It also charted in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 83

UK Highest Chart Position: 4

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50) 14, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 7, Irish Singles Chart 8, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 12, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5

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