Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.
This week’s theme is “Babe/Cutie/Doll/Honey/Sweetie.”
I’ve chosen another smooth groove R&B oldie that has remained on my playlists in one form or another since my teen years.
Oh Honey was a Top Ten hit for Delegation in 1978. The song about a man’s undying affection for his lady-love was the go-to slow dance song at house parties and clubs, and always in the line-up for any Quiet Storm jam session.
No one knew anything about Delegation at the time, so imagine everyone’s surprise to find out they were a British group! That made them a novelty and even more popular for the next two years.
Oh Honey reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Chart and #45 on the U.S. Billboard Pop chart.
While Delegation would enjoy success internationally well into the 80s (especially in France), their last song to chart in the U.S. was In Love’s Time in 1981 which peaked at #54 on the U.S. R&B.
- Ricky Bailey founded Delegation — a three-man group that changed members frequently, with Bailey the only constant — in the United Kingdom in 1975. Bailey, a native of Jamaica, moved to Britain with his parents as a teen, settling in Birmingham, where he formed his first group, the Five Star Cadets. The short-lived group provided invaluable experience and helped Bailey when he was putting Delegation (Bailey, Len Coley, and Roddy Harris) together.
- In 1979, Delegation released Eau De Vie, on the Ariola label and had international hits with Heartache #9, You And I and Put A Little Love On Me.
- Bailey and Ken Gold formed Euro-Jam Records in the mid-90s to repackage Delegation recordings and record artists.
- The band still occasionally perform their old hits at gigs around Europe led by Rick Bailey and several former band members, most recently appearing in a sold out gig at an intimate venue in Paris in October 2018.
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She will be my salvation
When I feel low, I’ve nowhere to go
She’ll be my inspiration
She’ll put it back together
She ain’t the kind to show off her mind
But talkin’ of love she’s clever, yeah
Oh, honey (Oh, honey)
Tells me she’s blue without me
When things go wrong her faith is strong
I know she’ll never doubt me
Makes me so proud to know her
High-steppin’ dames with high-soundin’ names
There ain’t nothin’ they could show her, yeah
Oh, honey (Honey, honey)
For givin’ me a brand new start
I was goin’ down, you saved me
When you let me in your lovin’ heart, yeah
Oh, honey (Honey)
Oh, honey (You make me feel so proud, so proud, baby)