Wilde World: Ruby Pearl and the Dreamboats

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Kim Wilde's first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series 'Wilde World' shows.

You could accuse Marty Wilde of writing throwaway pop songs during the Seventies, with song titles like Love me, love my dog and I am an astronaut, but the truth is, these pop songs were often rather clever. The song title 'The Shang-a-lang song' doesn't exactly suggest a very 'deep' lyric, but it is still a pop song that will not leave your head once you've heard it. It was released by Ruby Pearl and the Dreamboats on April 12, 1974, but never managed to reach the charts in the UK. The song was written and produced by Marty Wilde and Pete Shelley. As far as we know, this is the only single this band ever released.

The song was also picked up that same year by French singer Sylvie Vartan, who had French lyrics written for her by Gilles Thibault.