We shouldn’t have to tell you who Bananarama are, but just in case you were waiting in the wrong place for Robert De Niro for the entire 1980s (get it?), then here’s the lowdown…
Bananarama are a British female pop group who were formed in London in 1981 and originally consisted of members Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward. Their success in both pop and dance charts earned them a listing in the Guinness World Records as the all female group with the most chart entries in the world.
The group had ten UK Top 10 hits including ‘It Ain’t What You Do’ in 1982, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ in 1984, and ‘Love in the First Degree’ in 1987. They also had a US number one in 1986 with ‘Venus’.
The group’s membership has changed slightly over the years. Siobhan Fahey departed the the group in 1988, at which time Jacquie O’Sullivan joined for three years. After O’Sullivan’s 1991 departure, Dallin and Woodward continued Bananarama as a duo.
Sara Dallin was engaged to former Bananarama dancer Bassey Walker with whom she had a daughter (Alice) in 1991, but sadly they later separated.
In 1988, frustrated with the direction she felt Bananarama was taking, Fahey left the group and formed Shakespears Sister, with American singer / songwriter Marcella Detroit later becoming an official member. Their 1992 single ‘Stay’ spent eight weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart and won the 1993 Brit Award for Best British Video. Fahey has two sons by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, but sadly they divorced in 1996.
Woodward lives near Wadebridge in north Cornwall with her partner Andrew Ridgeley, formerly of Wham! and a son from a previous relationship with the model David-Scott Evans.
It was announced in April 2017 that Fahey had rejoined Bananarama and that they would be touring the UK from November 2017 and in North America from 2018.
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