Brian Bonhomme started Roman Holliday in November 1980 with just 4 members (Brian, Steve Lambert, Simon Cohen and Peter Noone). Peter later left the band.  Other members soon joined. First there was Rob Lambert then Jon Durno, who Steve met in a pub. Next to join the band was John Eacott, who was found busking in Soho Square. Adrian York joined the band in December 1982, knowing John, he went along to the band knowing they needed a piano player. There was one other person in the band, Tony Wallman, but Tony left the band just before Roman Holliday hit the big time.
The 7 member British band first appeared on the scene in 1983 when they released their first record. They had big baggy clothes, slip on trainers and wore sailor hats, which was a little strange.

The album that followed in the same year (Cookin' On The Roof) showed the range of vocals and instrumentals, from the fast tempo Stand By to the slower song Serious Situation. In the UK the first 25,000 copies came  with a giant poster of the band, with lyrics to the songs on the reverse. The cassette version had the bonus tracks "Beat My Time" and "Round And Round".

In 1984 John Eacott and Rob Lambert left the band, leaving only 5 members. The group went on to release a follow up album (Fire Me Up) containing a track for the film Teachers. The song being One Foot Back In Your Door written by R.J .Lange. The 12" single of this song contains a re-recording of Don't Try To Stop It and Stand By. The difference was amazing. Gone are the horns and jazz sound created when Saxophonist Rob Lambert and Trumpeter John Eacott were in the band, and is now replaced by synthesizers.

Roman Holliday split up in the mid 80's, leaving behind them some very sad fans. Roman Holliday may be gone, but their music lives on and the fans are still as dedicated as before.

The group reunited in 2001 for a re-union gig at The Borderline in London.

DISCOGRAPHY

All songs published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd except the following:
Touch Too Much - Chinnichap Publishers Ltd
Roman Holliday EP -  Musicpiece Publishers Pty Ltd

SINGLES
Roman Holliday EP
Stand By
Don't Try To Stop It
Motor Mania
Fire Me Up
One Foot Back In Your Door
Touch  Too Much
ALBUMS
Cookin'  On The Roof
Fire Me Up

CATALOGUE No. RELEASED  

Jive31

JiveP31

JiveT31

JiveG31

Jive39

JiveP39

JiveT39

Jive49

JiveP49

JiveT49

Jive59

JiveP59

JiveT59

Jive83

JiveT83

Jive91

JiveT91

JLM58086

HIP 9

HIP C 9

HIP 17

HIP C 17

25/02/83

25/02/83

25/02/83

25/02/83

10/06/83

10/06/83

10/06/83

09/09/83

09/09/83

09/09/83

10/08/84

10/08/84

10/08/84

1984

1984

Mar 85

Mar 85

1983

1983

1983

OCT 1984

OCT 1984

7" single

7" Picture Disc

12" Single

2 x 7" singles

7" Single

7" Picture Disc

12" Single

7" Single

7" Picture Disc

12" Single

7" Single

7" Picture Disc

12" Single

7" Single

12" Single

7" Single

12" Single

EP for USA and Canada

12" LP

Cassette

12" LP

Cassette

 

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ROMAN HOLLIDAY SIGNED PROMO CARD

TOP ROMAN HOLLIDAY AS 5 PIECE AND BOTTOM AS 7 PIECE
BRIAN BONHOMME ADRIAN YORK JOHN EACOTT JON DURNO ROB LAMBERT SIMON COHEN STEVE LAMBERT

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