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Silver Convention - English


Silver Convention - English

Origin Munich, Germany
Genre(s) R&B, pop, disco
Years active 1974 - 1979
Label(s) Magnet, Durium, Jupiter

Former members

Linda G. Thompson
Penny McLean
Ramona Wulf
Zenda Jacks
Rhonda Heath

Silver Convention was a German disco recording act of the 1970s. The group was originally named "Silver Bird Convention" or "Silver Bird".

The group was founded in Munich by producers and songwriters Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze. "Silver" is actually Sylvester Levay's nickname. Using female session vocalists for their first recordings, they scored a hit single in the United Kingdom in 1974 with the song "Save Me". They then realised they would need to find a public face for what was at the time only a studio group.

They recruited vocalists Linda Thompson (real name Linda Übelherr, who would be billed on her solo records as Linda G. Thompson), Penny McLean (real name Gertrude Wirschinger) and Ramona Wulf (real name Ramona Kraft).

As "Silver Convention" they scored two major U.S. hit singles. "Fly, Robin, Fly," of which the complete lyrics consisted of only six words, spent three weeks at #1 in 1975, and won the group a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. Their follow-up hit "Get Up and Boogie" spent three weeks at #2 in 1976. Their next release, "No No Joe," only went to #40 in September 1976. The further singles released by the trio attempted to duplicate the sound that had made them briefly successful, but they were only minor hits.

Michael Kunze actually wrote the lyrics on the first two albums under the pseudonym Stephan Prager. During this time the three singers released their own solo work. McLean and Thompson achieved hit singles with "Lady Bump" and "Ooh What a Night" respectively. Wulf's solo effort was only a moderate success.

Silver Convention represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 with a song entitled "Telegram", finishing eighth. The entry had only English lyrics, but was allowed to enter in spite of the language rule being reintroduced this year, because the song was chosen to represent Germany before the reintroduction was announced.

With a new producer (John Davis), and a revised line-up of singers (Suzie McClosky aka Zenda Jacks, Rhonda Heath and Ramona Wulf), Silver Convention hit it big again in the clubs in 1978 with the album Love in a Sleeper. The 12" single release from the LP was "Spend the Night With Me" backed with "Mission to Venus".

Levay also worked with Giorgio Moroder, and Kunze went on to work with Jim Steinman. The solo careers of the three singers faded quickly and they left the music business.


Silver Convention was formed by two German producers Sylvester Levay (music) and Michael Kunze (lyrics.) The group was first called Silver Bird Convention or Silver Bird (which are on different 7" records of "Save Me"), named after Sylvester Levay's nickname "Silver." The vocalists on the first album "Save Me" were Gitta Walther (artist name: Jackie Robinson, ex-Love Generation, later The Hornettes,) Roberta Kelly ("Troublemaker," "Zodiac Lady," & "Gettin' the Spirit,") Betsy Allen, Lucy Neale (ex-Love Generation, later The Hornettes,) and Jackie Carter.

When the song "Save Me" became a hit in Europe, Kunze & Levay formed a group to represent Silver Convention with singers:

-Ramona Wulf, born Ramona Kraft on October 18, 1954, formerly a German teen singer;
-Linda G. Thompson born Linda Übelherr on September 21, 1948, formerly with Cornely Singers (1968-1971), Love Generation, and Les Humphries Singers (1973-1974); Linda G. Thompson is not to be confused with American singer Linda Thompson, wife of guitarist Richard Thompson.
-Penny McLean born Gertrude Wirschinger on November 4, 1948 in Austria, who later became Gertrude Münzer by marriage;

* Jackie Carter was a member of Silver Convention for a short time before being replaced by Penny McLean. Her photo appeared on the covers of the singles "Always Another Girl" and "Fly Robin Fly" in Belgium and the Netherlands. She sang the lead vocal of the song "Please Don't Change The Chords Of This Song" on the first Silver Convention album.

Shortly afterwards, Kunze & Levay also recorded solo singles with each of the Silver Convention members, such as "Lady Bump" (Penny McLean,) "Ooh What A Night!" (Linda G. Thompson,) and "Save The Last Dance For Me" (Ramona Wulf.) The first album to be released by Silver Convention was "Save Me."

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