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The Congregation

Formed 1970. Disbanded 1972.

70s pop rock band

Biography

The Congregation were a British pop ensemble. They were formed by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway in England. In the USA their recordings were sold as The English Congregation.

Their biggest hit was a cover of David and Jonathan's "Softly Whispering I Love You", which peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. It also reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, No. 1 in South Africa and New Zealand and No. 10 in Germany. The group's lead singer was the former Plastic Penny vocalist, Brian Keith, who later became a session musician. The lack of further top 40 hits left them as transatlantic one-hit wonders.

The band changed their name on releases in the USA to avoid confusion with the The Mike Curb Congregation, who also recorded "Softly Whispering I Love You".

"Softly Whispering I Love You" was also recorded by Johnny Farnham with Allison Durbin (1972 single) and Paul Young (1990 single), both with chart success.

(all releases on Columbia of Columbia Graphophone Co./EMI, for USA release leased to Atco and Signpost)

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