East 17

Formed in Walthamstow, London in 1991, East 17 were a massively successful boy band in the 90’s. Hits included House of love, Deep, West end girls, and It’s Alright.

In the 90’s East 17 comprised Brian Harvey, Tony Mortimer, John Hendy, and Terry Coldwell.

The group was named East 17 after the postcode of their hometown, Walthamstow. The original roles in the band were soon altered when Brian Harvey, who was intended to be a back-up singer and dancer, was heard singing along during a recording session and was then duly promoted to lead vocalist.

East 17 scored twelve Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart between 1992 and 1998. Their debut album, Walthamstow, shot to No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart. It featured a string of Top 20 singles, including “House of Love” and “Deep”. The single “It’s Alright” became a major success reaching No. 3 in the UK in 1993. The lyrics to some of their songs, such as “Let It Rain”, had political undertones, talking about war, peace, equality, love, and other political issues.

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