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About The Flying Pickets

The Flying Pickets are a British a cappella vocal group who had a Christmas number one hit in 1983 in the UK Singles Chart with their cover version of Yazoo's track "Only You".


The band of six was founded by Brian Hibbard in 1982 from a group of actors who had been active with him in John McGrath's 7:84 theatre group, a fringe theatre organisation who had sung a cappella in their production of the 1981 play One Big Blow. The group chose the name The Flying Pickets as band members had played a part in the UK miners' strikes of 1972 and 1974.

Performing in clubs and pubs in London, The Flying Pickets came up with a novel concept of transferring the art of a cappella to the pop music scene. Joining Hibbard in the group were Rick Lloyd (who also wrote the music to One Big Blow), Gareth Williams, David Brett, Ken Gregson (real name Kenneth Gregory) and Red …Read more on Wikipedia