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Racing Cars are a Welshmarker pop band, formed in the Rhondda Valleymarker, Walesmarker in 1973.

Career

They were signed to one of the biggest Britishmarker record labels of the time, Chrysalis Records. Racing Cars debut album yielded their only hit single with "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?". It reached number fourteen in the UK Singles Chart in 1977, and was inspired by the film, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. Touring to promote their debut releases, Racing Cars backed Bad Company in 1976, including dates at Earls Courtmarker and the York Theatre Royalmarker.Without any similar further chart appearances, Racing Cars ultimately acquired the dreaded one hit wonder label. However, the band was sufficiently established on the touring circuit to issue two further albums. These never reached the same commercial heights, and Racing Cars split up for the first time in the early 1980s.Those albums included bit parts for the session pianist Geraint Watkins; Americamarker saxophonist Jerry Jumonville; The Bowles Brothers Band (on vocal harmonies); and, perhaps most significantly, the former Swinging Blue Jeans member, Ray Ennis.After they parted, lead vocalist Morty has sung backing vocals for artist including The Beach Boys, Tina Turner and Bryan Adams. Of their reformation, he said "We were a bit reluctant. We're a bit long in the tooth and a bit out of touch but we finally said yes". They continue to play gigs across Europe, after reforming in 2000 with a new album, Bolt From The Blue and a gig at the Cardiff International Arenamarker.Their most recent album Second Wind was released in October 2007.Racing Cars performed their last concert together on 11 April 2009 at the Parc and Dare theatre, Treorchymarker.

Band members

  • Graham Headley Williams (guitarist)
  • Gareth Mortimer (guitarist / lead vocalist) - aka Morty
  • Simon Davies (keyboardist and vocals)
  • Colin Griffin (drummer)
  • Chris Thomas (bassist)
  • Robert James Wilding (drummer)
  • David Land (bassist)
  • Ray 'Alice' Ennis (guitarist)
  • Paul Saurin (keyboards)
  • Paul Rosser (drummer and vocals)


Discography

Single

  • "They Shoot Horses Don’t They?" - (1977) - UK No. 14


Albums

  • Downtown Tonight (1976) - (Chrysalis) - UK No. 39
  • Live in Concert (1977) - (ROIR)
  • Weekend Rendezvous (1977) - (Chrysalis)
  • Bring On the Night (1978) - (Chrysalis)
  • Bolt from the Blue (2000) - (Angel Air)
  • Second Wind (2007) - (Angel Air)


See also



References

  1. Allmusic overview
  2. BBC Wales mini biography
  3. Racing Cars official website
  4. Allmusic discography


External links




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