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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Liverpool pop band popular in the mid-1980s

Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) were a Liverpool band popular in the mid-1980s. Formed in 1980, the group was fronted by Holly Johnson (vocals), with Paul Rutherford (vocals), Peter Gill (drums, percussion), Mark O'Toole (bass guitar), and Brian Nash (guitar).

The group became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles - Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of Love. In 1985, Frankie Goes to Hollywood won the Brit Award for Best British Newcomer, and the band also received Grammy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best New Artist.

Frankie became infamous when their first single, ‘Relax’ was banned by the BBC in 1983 for it’s overtly sexual lyrics and homoerotic video which was set in a gay BDSM club populated by Leathermen and drag queens. Band members Paul Rutherford and Holly Johnson were openly gay.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Associated Person
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
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