Paper Lace consisted of Philip Wright, Cliff Fish, Chris Morris, Carlo Santanna, and Michael Vaughan . Hailing from Nottingham, Paper Lace was formed in 1969 and in early 1974 they won ITV's talent contest Opportunity Knocks.
Thanks to that show they were quickly signed by songwriters / producers Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. The smash hit 'Billy Don't be a Hero' stayed three weeks at No. 1 on the British Chart in March 1974, and an equally catchy story song reached the No. 3 position; it was called 'The Night Chicago Died' . Another hit 'The Black Eyed Boys' took Paper Lace to No. 11 in late 1974.
With their American subject matter, it was logical that 'Billy Don't Be A Hero' and 'The Night Chicago Died' should become US hits, however Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods were the first to release 'Billy', and Paper Lace had to be content with a No. 96 placing , but enjoyed their own American chart-topper with ' Chicago '.
They were the most successful band Nottingham ever produced and were invited to perform on the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen Mother.
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Billy Dont Be a Hero
The Night Chicago Died
The Black Eyed Boys
Sealed With a Kiss
Hitchin a Ride
So What if I am
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