Delegation – 1977 – The Promise Of Love
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Delegation was a British soul musical group with a lengthy career, and a huge amount of international success. They were widely accepted in US as the leading light of soul from the UK based on the crossover hit, “Oh Honey” (1978). Their biggest UK success came in 1977, with the Top 30 hit single, “Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)“.
Delegation was formed in the United Kingdom in 1975 by Ricky Bailey, Len Coley and Roddy Harris. Working with record producer/songwriter Ken Gold (who masterminded The Real Thing), they began releasing a series of moderately successful singles such as “The Promise of Love” and “Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)“. But their fortunes changed for the better in 1977 with the release of“Oh Honey,” a mid tempo cut that hit the Top Ten in several countries. The accompanying album, The Promise of Love, included the ballad “Mr. Heartbreak“, “Where Is The Love (We Used To Know)” and “Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)” which also charted.
Coley left the band and Bruce Dunbar took his place. In 1979, Delegation released Eau De Vie, on the Ariola label and had international hits with “Heartache #9“, “You And I” and the “Put A Little Love On Me“. By 1980, Coley and Harris were replaced by Ray Patterson and Bruce Dunbar, and group continued on with their hard work and projects to maintain their success.
They followed with an eponymously titled album in 1981 and Deuces High in 1982. All charted in Europe but not so successful in the U.S. In 1984 Dunbar quit and was replaced by Kathy Bryant. The Delegation recorded a couple more singles and continued to perform through the end of the decade. The record It’s Your Turn, on Epic was a major success in France, and The Mix on Scorpio Records, a segue compilation of five of their greatest hits also sold for the band.