The Foundations – “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You”, “Build Me Up Buttercup”

The Foundations were a British soul band (m. 1967–1970). The group’s background was: West Indian, White British, and Sri Lankan. Their 1967 debut single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You‘ reached number one in the UK and Canada, and number eleven in the US, while their 1968 single ‘Build Me Up Buttercup‘ reached number two in the UK and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. The group was the first multi-racial group to have a number one hit in the UK in the 1960s. … The Foundations attracted much interest and intrigue due to the size and structure of the group. Not only was there a diverse ethnic mix in the group, but there was also diversity in ages and musical backgrounds. The oldest member of the group, Mike Elliott, was 38 years old. The youngest was Tim Harris, who, at 18, was barely out of school. The West Indian horn section consisted of Jamaican-born Mike Elliott and Pat Burke, both saxophonists and Dominican-born Eric Allandale on trombone. … Mike Elliott had played in various jazz and rock and roll bands including Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, the Cabin Boys (led by Tommy Steele‘s brother, Colin Hicks), and others. Pat Burke, a professional musician, was from the London Music Conservatorium. Eric Allandale had led his own band at one stage as well as having played with Edmundo Ros and was a former member of the Terry Lightfoot and Alex Welsh bands. Alan Warner was the guitarist. Bassist Peter Macbeth was a former teacher. Tony Gomez, the keyboard player, was a former clerk, while Clem Curtis had been an interior decorator and professional boxer. There is some disagreement as to who was responsible for choosing the band’s name, and various sources give slightly different accounts of their beginnings. One version is that they were originally called The Ramong Sound, or The Ramongs, and there were two lead singers, Clem Curtis and Raymond Morrison aka Ramong Morrison. …”
Discogs – “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” (Video), Discogs – “Build Me Up Buttercup” (Video)
YouTube: Baby, Now That I’ve Found You (Live), Build Me Up Buttercup (Live)

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