Mothers Pride / Coco / The Main Event
Originally known as Mother’s Pride, Coco’s first break was in the UK’s 1976 A Song For Europe contest. their song ‘Wake Up’, written by David Hayes and Phil Dennys was in the lead for most of the proceedings before being piped at the post by Brotherhood of Man with ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’. Terry Bradford was quoted as saying “it was agonizingly close”.
two years later Coco were back in the Song for Europe with the slightly changed line-up of Terry Bradford, Cheryl Baker, Keith Hasler, Josie Andrews and Paul Rogers. Singing ‘The Bad Old Days’ written by husband and wife writing team Stephanie de Sykes and Stuart Slater, this time things were different and Coco stormed to victory. However, they weren’t as successful in the actual Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in eleventh place. No matter though, the song was a hit and climbed to number 13 in the UK charts.
In 1979, Terry Bradford was involved with A Song for Europe again. This time though, he wasn’t performing. He wrote the song ‘Harry, My Honolulu Lover’ which was performed by The Nolan Sisters. the original Demo Version of this song was recorded entirely by Cheryl, it was on the strength of Cheryl's recording that the song was originally chosen for song for Europe, and was tipped by the judges as the hot favourite, Cheryl is quoted as saying it is one of the things she is most proud of in her carrer, Unfortunately, the show was not broadcast because of a BBC technician’s strike. The songs were played on Terry Wogan’s radio show instead and Bradford’s effort came in at a respectable fourth. Beaten by Black Lace.
1980 and Coco were back in the song for Europe again. Not only had the line-up changed yet again. This time the name was different too. Now known as The Main Event and comprising usual suspects Bradford, Baker and Hasler with the Bradford song, ‘Gonna Do My Best’. However, things seldom work out for the best and that night, The Main Event came last. Shortly after, the group decided to call it a day… Terry Bradford continues to work in the music industry. He composed the theme tunes to the TV shows, Metal Mickey and Super-Gran. Also having written for songs for artists such as Johnny Mathis.
The year after her Main Event disappointment, Cheryl was back in A Song For Europe in her new group, Bucks Fizz. The rest, as they say, is history…
the Man with the Music / Time After Time (Pye 7N 45424)
1975 Oh Well, Oh Well / Little Debbie
1976 Wake Up / Love
Love (Pye 7N 45567)
1976 Don't Push Me 'Round / You Know What It's Like (Pye 7N 45610)
1977 Money Song / Save Me (Ariola AHA 501)
1978 Bad Old Days / Get You Out of My Life (Ariola Hansa AHA 513)
1978 I Can't Talk Love On The Telephone / Take A Look At My Baby (Ariola Hansa AHA 521)
1978 Way Out / Don't Worry 'bout Me (Ariola Hansa AHA 530)
1980 Keep On Dancing / One Side Of A Triangle (RCA PB 5682)
THE MAIN EVENT
1980 Gonna do My Best / When Your Mama Takes Ya' Home (Carrere CAR 146)
Coco - Bad old Days (Hansa international 26 128 OT)
Thanks to Steve Hughes for photos and info