The most successful British girl group in pop history, Bananarama formed in London in late 1981.
The trio was comprised of lifelong friends Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin along with Siobhan Fahey, whom Dallin befriended at the London College of Fashion. After getting their start singing at friends’ parties and at nightclubs (where they performed accompanied by backing tapes — none of the women played her own instrument), they came to the attention of ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who produced Bananarama’s first single, a cover of Black Blood’s “A.I.E. (A Mwana).”
In 1986, Bananarama’s fortunes improved considerably when they joined forces with the production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, who produced the album Wow!; the group’s most successful outing to date, it featured “Love in the First Degree” and “I Heard a Rumour,” both of which were major hits.
After a long layoff, the revamped group teamed with new producer Youth to issue the 1991 album Pop Life, which featured a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running.” Shortly after the album’s release, O’Sullivan too exited, and Woodward and Dallin forged on as a duo for 1992’s Please Yourself and 1995’s Ultra Violet. After a brief hiatus, the group returned with 2005’s Euro-dance-friendly Drama and 2009’s similar Viva.