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Delegation

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. They caught the ear of songwriter/producer Ken Gold, who masterminded the Real Thing. Gold got them a deal with State Records; their first release, "The Promise of Love" in 1976, flopped despite receiving excellent reviews and airplay. A second release, "Where Is the Love," found its way onto the charts and the group started crisscrossing Europe, gigging constantly. They hit again with "You've Been Doing Me Wrong," but Harris quit, his place taken by Ray Patterson.

The years 1978 and 1979 showed promise. They hit with a remake of Ray Parker's "Honey I'm Rich" and "Oh Honey," and released their first LP, The Promise of Love. More changes occurred when Coley left and was replaced by Bruce Dunbar. They hit a dry spell in England, but in 1979 "Oh Honey" soared to number five on the R&B chart in the States, and charted pop. A change of labels found them with Ariola, which released Eau de Vie, a good seller in Europe. Delegation came out in 1981 and spawned two more hits; a third album, Deuces High, appeared in 1982.

Personnel continued to change. Dunbar quit and Kathy Bryant joined, becoming Delegation's first female member. They changed labels, releasing It's Your Turn on Epic, which stiffed everywhere but France. They then released The Mix on Scorpio Records, a segue compilation of five of their biggest hits. The band soldiered on until the early '90s. Rap artists Coolio and the Ghetto Boys sampled "Oh Honey," which helped keep the Delegation's name alive. Bailey and Gold formed Euro-Jam Records to repackage Delegation recordings and record artists. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi
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Oh, Honey: I LOVE THIS SONG. I LOVE MY OLD SCHOOL MUSIC.
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Luv this song!
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This was good music
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Pretty good group considering all the changes.
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Great song
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WOW NICE
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candythecoug a r
Hey now, not at work please!
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Got me jamming when come home!!! G stepping
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Good song you can STEP to!
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Back when music was real. Straight from the soul........
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erikaflakes6
Love it!u know music if u like this one!
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Songs like this make being in love worth it!
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THATS WHY IT'S CALLED OLDSCHOOL JAMS
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BUMP THIS JAM THRU MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS...805!
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Like this honey
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All I can say is HONEY
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The favorite catch phase from back in the day. " O Honey ", and it was used by everybody, one of my favorites
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Oh honey ������
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���� Thank you, D.Hernandez ����
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leohernandez 2 0 0 7 4
I love you E.A (lina)...! David Hernandez
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leohernandez 2 0 0 7 4
Estherlina Aguilar you are my oh honey... Thanks for not giving up on me,and
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I can listen to music like this all day
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what ever was going on in your life when you first heard this will never be lost
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lancelin.all e n
This is music! Love to see my young boys groove to old school songs
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aww honey
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I consider myself a young old- head. This is one of the toughest love ballads ever created, no doubt....
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Oh Honey !!����It says it all My name is Mary) and my husband (Ray) that's our song we've been together for 20 yrs happily married ,and that song is the best. we've been thru sum (time) apart in the good ole state of Arizona but we're still together !!! He's the love of my life ... M & R
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one time favorite songs
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;P
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This song is a real classic for all the songlovers it is melodic & soulful and is soft and the rhythmn is funky romantic...O h Honey! nice keys....grea t voice.....
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I just love this song
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Oh, Honey: I love this song
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Oh Honey!!!! *,*
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Cool
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I just love this song I (25) win came out just listen to Pandora tell me how good old school music is
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So true love the good old days
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The good old days in LA.
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No matter how I'm feeling this sound always lifts me up!
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The jam......
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nancyweissbe i n
O honey love this song, so smooth!❤️
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oldie but goodie.... smooth.
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I go nuts when i hear this from delegation.
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Man I wish, I could dedicate this song to someone!!!!S I K E
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I love this song,
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Thisis myjam
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I love you trishstina mendivel this song is for you baby
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Always been a nice smooth song still soung good.
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Nice ❤️
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