Showaddywaddy – currently on their 50th anniversary tour. I was prompted to check out their website (which has fascinating bios of all the members old and new) after seeing them on one of those recent BBC4 TOTP re-runs.
SWW had a bit of a schism in 1985 but by and large the core SWW stayed together until 2008. Dave Bartram (lead vocals) left in 2011. A couple of originals have passed on and others simply retired. The last original is drummer Romeo Challenger. He’s been drumming since 1962 and you might be surprised, as I was, to find that he made three albums with occult rockers Black Widow 1970-72 and performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival.
Here’s a very recent interview with Romeo by 1980s Radio 1 personality Jackie Brambles. I’m probably more surprised that Brambles is still on the go than SWW. Anyway, hats off to anyone who has clocked up so many decades in music.