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T'Pau /təˈp/ is a British pop rock group led by singer Carol Decker. They had a string of Top 40 hits in the UK in the late 1980s, most notably "China in Your Hand", "Heart and Soul" and "Valentine",[2] and several hits in Europe, before disbanding in the early 1990s. Decker still performs under the name T'Pau at solo shows and 1980s nostalgia concerts, and in 2013 she reunited with original bandmember and co-songwriter Ronnie Rogers for a 25th anniversary UK tour.[3]

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History[edit]Edit

The band formed in 1986 in Shropshire, taking their name from a Vulcan elder of the same name in the sci-fi series Star Trek.[4] Prior to deciding on this name, they were called Talking America on early demos sent to record and publishing companies.

Their first hit was the 1987 release "Heart and Soul". Initially a flop in the UK, it first became a hit in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 4 after being featured on a Pepe Jeans advertisement; it repeated the feat in the UK Singles Chartsome months later. Their next single, "China in Your Hand", was their biggest UK hit, spending five weeks at number 1.[5]It also reached the top spot in several European countries, but made little impact in the United States. Their debut album,Bridge of Spies (simply called T'Pau in the USA), also reached number 1 and went quadruple platinum in the UK. The album produced a total of five hit singles including "Valentine", "Sex Talk" (a live recording of early flop single, "Intimate Strangers"), and "I Will Be with You".

1988 saw the release of their second album Rage, which peaked at No. 4 in the UK and reached platinum status there, but failed to come close to the level of success of the band's debut album the year before. It produced the UK Top 20 single "Secret Garden", though chart returns were diminishing by this point, and two following singles earned very modest success. Third album The Promise followed in 1991: it peaked at No. 10 in the UK, earning a silver disk. It included one Top 20 hit, "Whenever You Need Me", but the band's commercial peak had now passed and they split up following its release. A compilation album, Heart and Soul – The Very Best of T'Pau, was released in 1993 and reached the UK's Top 40.

Another greatest hits release appeared in 1997, and Decker reformed the band with a new line-up in 1998, for the release of a new studio album, Red. The record was not a commercial success, but T'Pau have continued to perform live on a semi-regular basis. Two singles "With a Little Luck" and "Giving Up the Ghost" were released from the album. Decker still made guest appearances on TV shows throughout the 2000s, including Hit Me, Baby, One More TimeJust the Two of Us and The Weakest Link. In 2007, marking the 20th anniversary of T'Pau's first success, Ron Rogers and Carol Decker released a new single, "Just Dream", exclusively as an Internet download. In 2008, T'Pau were part of the Here and Now 80s nostalgia tour.[6]

To mark the 25th anniversary of the formation of the band, Carol and Ron embarked on a 28-date UK tour during the spring of 2013.

Band members[edit]Edit

Current members
Former members
  • Ronnie Rogers (b. 13 March 1959, Shrewsbury) – rhythm guitars, songwriter (1986-1991, 2007, 2013)
  • Tim Burgess (b. 6 October 1961, Macclesfield) – drums, percussion (1986-1991)
  • Michael Chetwood (b. 26 August 1954, Telford) – keyboards (1986-1991)
  • Paul Jackson (b. 8 August 1961, Telford) – bass (1986-1991)
  • Taj Wyzgowski (b. 24 November 1959, Edinburgh) – lead guitars (1986-1987)
  • Dean Howard (b. 7 May 1961, London) – lead guitars (1987-1991)
  • Jez Ashurst – lead guitars (1998)
  • Dave Hattee – drums, percussion (1998)
  • Dan McKinna – bass (1998)

Discography[edit]Edit

Studio albums[edit]Edit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[7]

AUT

[8]

CAN

[9]

GER

[10]

NLD

[11]

NOR

[12]

NZL

[13]

SWE

[14]

SWI

[15]

US

[16]

1987 Bridge of Spies 1 12 17 7 6 1 6 11 3 31
1988 Rage 4 44 16 14 21
  • UK: Platinum[17]
1991 The Promise 10 40
  • UK: Silver[17]
1998 Red

Compilation albums[edit]Edit

Singles[edit]Edit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK

[7][20]

AUT

[8]

BEL

[21]

CAN

[22]

GER

[10]

IRE

[23]

NLD

[11]

NOR

[12]

NZL

[13]

SWE

[14]

SWI

[15]

US

[16]

1987 "Heart and Soul" 4 16 1 10 4 37 9 20 9 4 Bridge of Spies
"Intimate Strangers"
"China in Your Hand" 1 5 1 20 2 1 1 1 8 5 1
"Bridge of Spies"
"Valentine" 9 16 37 10 17 21
1988 "Sex Talk (Live)" 23 21
"I Will Be with You" 14 15
"Secret Garden" 18 66 8 Rage
"Road to Our Dream" 42 24
1989 "Only the Lonely" 28 22
1991 "Whenever You Need Me" 16 51 26 The Promise
"Walk on Air" 62
"Soul Destruction"
"Only a Heartbeat"
1993 "Valentine" 53 Heart and Soul – The Very Best of T'Pau
1997 "Heart & Soul 97" 186 Red
1998 "With a Little Luck"
1999 "Giving Up the Ghost"

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