Boney M – Biography
Formed in 1975, vocal group Boney M consisted of 4 members which originally were Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell. Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett were from Jamaica, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and and Bobby Farrell from Aruba, a small island near the southern Caribbean Sea.
Boney M released their first album, Take the Heat Off Me in 1976 which did not fare too well, but the group persevered, doing tours in discos, clubs and country fairs. Their hard work did not go to waste and the exposure gave them a solid foothold in the music industry.
In the end of summer 1976, German television producer Michael ‘Mike’ Leckebusch invited Boney M to appear in his show Musikladen. Boney M made their first live appearance September 18, 1976, after 10 pm and in their daring stage costumes performing the song “Daddy Cool”. The song became an instant hit almost immediately, shooting up to no.1 in Germany. The success of that song inevitably also brought success to their first album.
Another single, “Sunny” also hit the charts at number one and Boney M’s popularity soon spreaded across Europe with both singles becoming Top 10 hits in the UK.
Boney M. released their second album in 1977. Titled, Love for Sale, the album contained the hits “Ma Baker” and “Belfast”. The 2 singles and the album which included the songs did very well in Germany and the UK, gaining them their first Gold album.
From 1978 onwards Boney M started their fairy tale run, releasing hit albums one after another right up to the 2000s. On December 30, 2010, Bobby Farrell age 61 died from heart failure.