The Allisons are among the best-loved of most Britain’s Eurovision Tune Contest entries despite hardly ever having won the function; they completed second within the 1961 competition. Originally a duo of Brian Alford and John Light, the roots from the Allisons sprang in the remains of the southwest London youngsters club band known as the Shadows (once again, no regards to the better-known instrumental combo). Originally executing because the Shadows Brothers, the set were popular more than enough to seem on the tv screen talent show Tv Discoveries in 1958, but Light quit in early 1959, and Alford attempted a single career. By past due summer 1959, nevertheless, he previously teamed up with Colin Time and they had taken the brand new name — changing their very own surnames appropriately. By 1960, the Allisons had been executing at the renowned Bread Basket espresso bar, and afterwards that season a demonstration tape of Alford’s very own compositions reached the ears of Fontana Information, which promptly inserted among the music, “HAVE YOU BEEN Sure,” for the U.K.’s Eurovision heats. Held only a month following the Allisons changed professional, the tune was a runaway triumph on the local contest, and continues to be perhaps one of the most deserving also-rans in the complete background of Eurovision. The one of “HAVE YOU BEEN Sure” reached number 2 in the U.K. graph in springtime 1961, but follow-ups “Phrases” and “Lessons in Appreciate” hardly scratched the very best 40 and, with the middle-’60s, the duo acquired split. Alford continuing being a songwriter, nevertheless, and sometimes convened fresh Allisons lineups, not merely alongside Day, but additionally with other performers — Mike Allison and Tony Allison both made an appearance alongside Alford over time.
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