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  1. Is is true that "Belfast" was a Marcia Barrett solo song before she joined Boney M
  2. Who sing on Boney M.'s recordings?
  3. So the rumours that Farian really used session singers are not true?
  4. When were the 6 new Christmas recordings recorded?
  5. Why was "Jimmy" recorded twice?
  6. "Babysitter" - what's the story?
  7. Who sings lead vocal on "The Alibama" on the promotional "10.000 Lightyears" album?
  8. "Dizzy" - what's the story?
  9. Why is there a different recording of "Dreadlock Holiday" on the "More Gold" album?
  10. What does Boonoonoonoos mean?
  11. Can you tell us different musician of BoneyM ( guitars+drums+ keyboards+...)?
  12. Can you tell me why Boney M moved record labels from Hansa to BMG?
  13. is there a way to get the christmas song "MARYS BABY BOY/JESUS CHRIST". is it on any current album
  14. Is Ma Baker a true story? also is there a story behind the song no woman , no cry?
  15. didn't boney M covered the song black is black from los bravos ?



  1. Is is true that "Belfast" was a Marcia Barrett solo song before she joined Boney M
    Yes, however this was never recorded and was originally to be titled "Londonderry"
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  2. Who sing on Boney M.'s recordings?
    Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett and producer Frank Farian, with Liz Mitchell being the main vocalist although also Marcia Barrett and Frank Farian had solo songs. In the period 1982-85, Reggie Tsiboe was also contributing with lead- as well as backing vocals.
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  3. So the rumours that Farian really used session singers are not true?
    In Boney M.'s classic period 1976-79, all vocals were done by Liz, Marcia & Farian. The 'special bulletin' voice on Ma Baker, robot voice on Nightflight To Venus, and the narrator of Rasputin, El Lute, and Wild Planet were all done by a friend of Farian, a former US soldier called Bill Swisher whose then wife Linda Blake did the snarling voice of Ma Baker and Bahama Mama. In Boney M.'s later period, 1980-85, vocal group La Mama did backing vocals on several tracks. The line-up consisted of Cathy Bartney, Patricia Shockley, and Madeleine Davis (who took Liz Mitchell's place in Boney M. 1989) - these girls sang on Gadda Da Vida, Felicidad, Silly Confusion, Don't Kill The World, Malaika, and Going Back West. When Cathy Bartney left in 1983, she was replaced by Judy Cheeks 1983-84, and this line-up did backing vocals on Mother & Child Reunion, Jambo, I Feel Good, Barbarella Fortuneteller, Happy Song, and Bobby's I See You. By 1985, Rhonda Heath (formerly of Silver Convention) took Judy's place, and in fact the choruses on Todos Buenos and Give It Up from the Eye Dance album were sung by these three girls alone. Twin sisters Amy & Elaine Goff did backing vocals on 10.000 Lightyears, Dizzy, Kalimba De Luna, My Cherie Amour, Dreadlock Holiday, Bang Bang Lulu, and the 6 new Christmas recordings. Furthermore they did backing vocals on Bobby's solo track King Of Dancing.
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  4. When were the 6 new Christmas recordings recorded?
    These were recorded by Liz Mitchell, Reggie Tsiboe and Amy & Elaine Goff in the summer of 1984 as part of a never completed second Christmas album. The recordings were first issued on a South African only "New Christmas With Boney M." LP, November 1984, along with other seasonal-themed songs (Hooray Hooray, I'm Born Again, Children Of Paradise a.o.).
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  5. Why was "Jimmy" recorded twice?
    "Jimmy" had been planned as the follow-up single to "We Kill The World" and had been scheduled for release April 1982. It was decided that the song would benefit from a more up-tempo recording, but when it had been done, interest in releasing anymore singles from "Boonoonoonoos" had waned. Farian then offered Precious Wilson to record the song for her 1982 album which she declined. Determined to not relegate the new version in the vaults, Boney M.'s recording was finally included on the "10.000 Lightyears" album.
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  6. "Babysitter" - what's the story?
    "Babysitter" was released as a "previously unreleased track" on the 1992 "Megamix" maxi. Featuring Liz & Reggie on lead vocals, this track was originally recorded in 1983 during sessions for the "10.000 Lightyears" album, and had a some time even been scheduled as a single. Ultimately, the original 1983 mix was only given a very limited release on the Spanish 12" single of "Jambo"; Farian remixed the track with a 90s dance beat before including it on the "Megamix" maxi 9 years later on.
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  7. Who sings lead vocal on "The Alibama" on the promotional "10.000 Lightyears" album?
    Accidentally it was a demo recording of "The Alibama" that was released on the promotional pressing of "10.000 Lightyears". Although it sounds like Reggie, this is in fact co-writer Sandy Davis singing the lead vocal in the verses.
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  8. "Dizzy" - what's the story?
    "Dizzy" was supposed to have been Farian's first solo recording since "Rocky" in 1976, and was recorded as a duet between Farian and Sandy Davis. The backing vocals were sung by Amy & Elaine Goff, and an Extended Club Mix had also been done. The planned release on single & maxisingle ultimately never happened.
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  9. Why is there a different recording of "Dreadlock Holiday" on the "More Gold" album?
    "Dreadlock Holiday" had been scheduled as the follow-up single to "Young Free And Single", and was also the finale song in Boney M.'s "Best Of Ten Years" Anniversary Show on ZDF. Instead Farian recorded a new version of "Daddy Cool" - when this was a resounding flop, it seemed pointless to release any more singles from the "Eye Dance" album ("Bang Bang Lulu" was nevertheless released in the summer of '86 although there was no line-up to promote it at thise time). Farian however thought that "Dreadlock Holiday" was still a good option for a single and so he remixed the track, re-recording his own vocals instead of Reggie Tsiboe's original ones, and the song was released on single and maxi-single in 1987 under the pseudonym Top Deck. This was the version that he was to include on "More Gold", arguably because French Connection had just enjoyed a seizable summer hit single with their version, re-titled "I Don't Like Reggae".
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  10. What does Boonoonoonoos mean?
    Boonoonoonoos is a Caribbean Hospitality expression for "Very Special Extraordinary Fantastic" and it means "Have a Good Time".
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  11. Can you tell us different musician of BoneyM ( guitars+drums+ keyboards+...)?
    This is written on the album sleeves; On most tracks the following musiscians (mostly the so called Munich Machine, Germany's top session musicians) have worked with Boney M. (among others) Arrangements: Stefan Klinkhammer, Michael Cretu, Harry Baierl Mats Björklund, Johan Daansen, Pit Löw, Dietmar Kawohl and others Drums: Keith Forsey, Curt Cress, Todd Canedy Guitars: Mats Björklund, Johan Daansen, Nick Woodland Bass: Mats Björklund, Günther Gebauer, Gary Unwin, Dieter Petereit, Dave King Sax and flute: Dino Solera, Benny Gebauer Trumpet: Felice Civitareale Keyboards and programming: Michael Cretu, Harry Baierl, Mats Björklund, Sylvester Levay, Thor Baldursson, Christoph Seipel, Max Greger jr., Pit Löw and others Engineers: Tammy Grohé, Bernd Berwanger, Helmuth Pfannmüller, Orchestrations: London Philharminic Orchestra Leads vocals: Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Reggie Tsiboe & Frank Farian Backing vocals: Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Reggie Tsiboe, Frank Farian, Madeline Davis, Cathy Bartney, Patricia Schockley, Elaine Goff, Amy Goff and others
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  12. Can you tell me why Boney M moved record labels from Hansa to BMG?
    Boney M.'s backcatalogs is owned by Frank Farian's production company. He used to license it to Hansa. In the '90's Hansa was sold to BMG, and Hansa changed it's name to BMG Berlin. Hansa only exsists as a label. Since Frank Farian founded his own label MCI, all of his catalog moved to his label (since Farian is the owner) MCI however is marketed and distributed through BMG Berlin (formerly Hansa) and BMG in most European countries. In the '70's/'80's Boney M. wasn't on the Hansa label everywhere; In the UK, Japan and US it was Atlantic, in France it was Carrere.. Today Boney M. is worldwide mostly marketed and distributed to BMG (or a BMG owned label like Arista or Logic), but Farian/MCI remains te repertoire owner.
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  13. is there a way to get the christmas song "MARYS BABY BOY/JESUS CHRIST". is it on any current album
    You can find it on the just released The Magic Of Boney M CD
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  14. Is Ma Baker a true story? also is there a story behind the song no woman , no cry?
    Ma Baker is a true story about a Chicago gangster, called Ma Barker. Frank Farian renamed her Ma Baker to fit in with the song. As for No Women No Cry, I will find out for you.
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  15. didn't boney M covered the song black is black from los bravos ?
    They did not cover Black is Black
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