Bananarama
The most successful British girl group ever, but where are they now?



 BEFORE...
Formed in London in 1980, comprising of Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin from Bristol and Siobhan Fahey from Dublin.
Sang backing vocals on Fun Boy Three's "It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It". Fun Boy Three later returned the favour in 1982 by singing on Bananarama's "Really Saying Something" which made the top 5.
Had a number of top ten hits throughout the eighties including "Shy Boy", "Cruel Summer", "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", "Robert De Niro's Waiting", "Venus" and "I Heard A Rumour".
In 1988, Siobhan Fahey left the band and was replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan as the trio continued to enjoy chart success.

 AFTER...
Siobhan Fahey married Dave Stewart from The Eurythmics and after she formed Shakespear's Sister with Marcella Detroit, had a number one hit with "Stay".
Jacquie O'Sullivan left the band in 1991 to pursue a solo career.
Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin continued Bananarama as a duo as they went on to have several minor hits in the nineties.
The original line-up reformed briefly in 1998, recording a version of Abba's "Waterloo" as part of Channel 4's "Eurotrash" Eurovision tribute.
Keren and Sarah recorded the album "Exotica" in 2001 which includes some re-recorded old favourites such as "Venus" and "Robert De Niro's Waiting" as well as a cover version of "Careless Whisper".
In February 2002, Keren and Sarah performed live at the London Astoria to mark their 20th anniversary, and were joined by Siobhan as a special guest star.
In 2002, they recorded the song "Love him, Leave him, Forget him" to be used in Sky TV's "Is Harry On The Boat?" - a show about holiday reps in Ibiza.
Keren lives with ex-Wham star Andrew Ridgely and their children in Cornwall, where Andrew regularly goes surfing.
Sarah and Keren have been working on new material with producers Korpi and Blackcell who are responsible for the Danii Minogue hit "Put The Needle On It".
In 2005, Bananarama released the album "Drama" and the single "Move In My Direction" which reached number 14 in the charts giving them their first UK top 20 hit in over 15 years.

 DO YOU REMEMBER...
The girls performing the Comic Relief song "Help!" with French and Saunders.

 DID YOU KNOW...
Bananarama came up with their name from a cross between the childrens TV show "The Banana Splits" and the Roxy Music song "Pyjamarama".

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