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Dexys Midnight Runners

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Dexys Midnight Runners (currently officially Dexys, their former nickname, styled without an apostrophe[1][2]) are an English pop rock band from Birmingham, with soul influences, who achieved major commercial success in the early to mid-1980s. They are best known in the UK for their songs "Come On Eileen" and "Geno", both of which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as six other top-20 singles. "Come On Eileen" also topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and with extensive airplay on MTV they are associated with the Second British Invasion.[3][4]

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Dexys at Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2012
Dexys at Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2012
Background information
Also known asDexys Midnight Runners
The Emerald Express
OriginBirmingham, England
Years active1978–1986, 2003–present
MembersKevin Rowland
Jim Paterson
Sean Read
Michael Timothy
Past membersSee members section

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dexys went through numerous personnel changes over the course of three albums and 13 singles, with only singer/songwriter/co-founder Kevin Rowland remaining in the band through all of the transitions and only Rowland and "Big" Jim Paterson (trombone) appearing on all of the albums. By 1985, the band consisted only of Rowland and long-standing members Helen O'Hara (violin) and Billy Adams (guitar). The band broke up in 1987, with Rowland becoming a solo artist. After two failed restart attempts, Dexys was reformed by Rowland in 2003 with new members, as well as a few returning members from the band's original lineup (known as Dexys Mark I). Dexys released their fourth album in 2012 and a fifth followed in 2016.