Boney M History

We are glad to present you the biography of the famous music formation “Boney M” and some other interesting historical facts from the beginning to the end of their musical career. So beloved by their fans all over Europe “Boney M” deserve a closer look even if the peak of their triumph took place decades ago.

Though “Boney M” never experienced popularity in USA, in Europe they were considered a true musical phenomenon that revealed new sides of Disco music. The name “Boney M” appeared in mass-media at the end of 1974, when German record producer Frank Farian recorded the well-known song “Baby Do You Wanna Bump” under a curiously pseudonym similar with an Australian TV Serial star. After that he formed a Disco-band featuring four ebony vocalists that had bee working in Germany as session and club singers: Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barnett, Maizie Williams and the only male in the band Bobby Farell.  Records sales were quite impressive right from the early start, about 500 records weakly, their popularity grew fast in Holland in Belgium and was spreading across all Europe giving birth to a wave of Disco-mania.

“Boney M”’s first TV appearance took place at the ending of 1975. The public desired to see this outrageous music band, and they were invited by a Dutch TV for a first live-appearance. Though the band was originary from Germany, they appeared for the first time on German TV in 1976, performing the new song “Daddy Cool” at a prestigious TV- Show “Musikladen”. After that appearance their popularity experienced an overwhelming boost to about 100000 sales weakly, this song became German number 1 and reached U.K. Top 10 that year. The next single “Sunny”, a remake of Bobby Hebb’s song was an even bigger success climbing to the first positions in both German December 1976 and U.K. in March 1977.

The top of “Boney M” career is considered 1978 when “Rivers of the Babylon”/ “Brown Girl in the Ring” was released, becoming easily the best “Boney M” song and reaching an amazing title of second biggest and most impressive single selling in U.K. chart history and the only song that was able to reach USA Top 40 Chart. Other distinguished songs of “Boney M” are known to be “Rasputin” (U.K. Top Ten hit), “Painter Man” (U.K. Top Ten hit) and “Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday” (U.K. Top Ten hit), released in April 1979.

After decades of performing, this amazing Disco-band is still beloved by fans all over the world, and their records sales are still growing even nowadays. The approximative number of units sold are about 150 000 000 copies. Nobody thought that this risky project named “Boney M” would run into 21-st century, but now we can say surely their music will last even more.

Bobby Farrel

Bobby Farrel

Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell

Marcia Barrett

Marcia Barrett

Maizie Williams

Maizie Williams