Silver Convention was a female disco studio ensemble from West Germany that became famous during the mid-late 1970s. This group is best remembered for the mostly-instrumental dance smash hits, "Fly, Robin, Fly" (1975) and "Get Up And Boogie (That's Right)" (1976), which became disco club staples worldwide.
Silver Convention was formed in Munich by Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze (a.k.a. Stephan Prager) who produced and co-wrote the group's hit songs. Using female session musicians for its early recordings, the group released its first hit single in 1975, "Save Me," which became a major hit in Germany, the U.K., and several other European countries. Soon after, Levay and Kunze assembled a trio for public performances consisting of Penny McLean, Linda G. Thompson, and Ramona Wulf.
Silver Convention made its U.S. debut in 1975 on the Pop/Rock charts with "Save Me," which became a minor hit. Later that year, the group topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts with the disco sensation, "Fly, Robin, Fly," which made Silver Convention internationally famous. This smash hit, which became gold-certified and earned the group a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance, was used many years later as part of the soundtrack to "Boogie Nights" (1997). The group had another disco smash hit the following year with "Get Up And Boogie (That's Right)," which reached the Top 5 on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and became a major hit in many other countries. Silver Convention had a Top 40 hit on the R&B charts in late 1976 with "No, No, Joe" followed by three minor hits before the group finally disbanded in 1979: "Dancing In The Aisles (Take Me Higher)" (1976), "Telegram" (1977), and "Spend The Night With Me" (1978).
Group member Penny McLean (b. Gertrude Wirschinger in Klagenfurt, Austria) had two solo hits with "Lady Bump" (1976), which went gold, and her disco cover of the pop standard, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (1976).
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- Fly, Robin, Fly 1975
(This instrumental hit, which was part of the soundtrack to "Boogie Nights" (1997), topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.)
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