Released today in 1987: All Right Now

Polydor POSP896

Polydor POSP896

Fun version of British blues rockers Free’s best-known song, which had been written at the end of the 1960s. Former Wham! backing vocalists Pepsi and Shirlie named their debut album as a duo after the song and chose it as their fourth single at the end of 1987. The year had got off to a good start for the girls, with their first two singles making the Top 10, but it was a case of beginners’ luck as they weren’t able to sustain this level of success. This single, for example, only made #50. But at least it was a hit, albeit a minor one: the follow-up fell a little short of the Top 75, and the one after that flopped. After that, they temporarily halted their career while Shirlie Holliman married Spandau Ballet’s bass player Martin Kemp and took a period of maternity leave when she gave birth to their daughter. She and Pepsi DeMacque recorded a second album a year or so later but it went almost entirely unnoticed, despite its lead single being written and produced by their former Wham! employer George Michael. They have occasionally reunited to perform together and record backing vocals (they were on Geri Halliwell’s 2000 #1, Bag It Up) but have no plans to release any more material themselves.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Nov. 30
1984
Ian McCULLOCH September Song (Korova KOW40)
Gary NUMAN My Dying Machine (Numa NU6)
SPANDAU BALLET Round And Round (Reformation SPAN6)
THOMPSON TWINS Lay Your Hands On Me (Arista TWINS6)
1987
The ALARM Rescue Me (IRS IRM150)
Rick ASTLEY When I Fall In Love (RCA PB41683)
MADONNA The Look Of Love (Sire W8115)
PEPSI AND SHIRLIE All Right Now (Polydor POSP896)
PET SHOP BOYS Always On My Mind (Parlophone R6171)
SINITTA G.T.O. (Fanfare FAN14)

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