Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was one of the most controversial and commercially successful UK pop acts of the early 1980s. The Liverpool group was fronted by vocalist Holly Johnson, supported by Paul Rutherford (backing vocals), Peter Gill (drums), Mark O’Toole (bass) and Brian Nash (guitar).

The group’s debut single “Relax” was famously banned by the BBC while at number six in the charts, and subsequently topped the UK singles chart for five consecutive weeks, going on to enjoy prolonged chart success throughout 1984 and ultimately becoming the seventh best-selling UK single of all time (as of May 2006). Following the phenomenal follow-up success of “Two Tribes” and the seasonal “The Power Of Love”, FGTH became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles (the first being Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1964).

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