When did Bucks Fizz split up and reform and when did they win Eurovision?

BUCKS FIZZ helped the UK storm to victory in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and they’re still going strong after decades in the business.

Here’s everything you need to know about the original band and The Fizz, the reformed group.

Bucks Fizz are also refereed to as The FizzCredit: John Gunion – The Sun Glasgow

Who are Bucks Fizz?

Bucks Fizz are an eighties pop group who achieved international success after winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest for Great Britain.

The four-piece was originally comprised of Bobby G, Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan.

They won the competition performing their biggest hit, Making Your Mind Up, and the dance routine which involved the girls having their skirts ripped off to reveal mini-skirts underneath.

Throughout their career, they have sold more than 15 million records worldwide, and had three number one singles – Making Your Mind Up, The Land of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies.

During their time in the band, they were involved in a bus crash that left all the members seriously injured.

Cheryl Baker broke her spine in three places, Jay Aston also had back injuries, and Mike Nolan fell into a coma and almost died while having an operation to save his life.

While technically always a functioning band, in-house disputes meant a near-constant line-up change.

 The band has undergone a number of line-up changes over the years

The band has undergone a number of line-up changes over the yearsCredit: BBC

When did they split up and reform?

Bucks Fizz have never officially split up but three of the four original members of the group – Cheryl, Mike and Jay – are no longer involved.

The trio left Bucks Fizz at different times: Jay in 1985, Cheryl in 1993 and Mike in 1996.

Bobby G is still part of the band and continues to perform under the Bucks Fizz name, but they aren’t releasing new material.

Cheryl, Mike and Shelley Preston – who replaced Jay in 1985 – reformed the group under a different name in 2004, The Fizz, due to a legal dispute.

Jay replaced Shelley in 2009 and The Fizz continue to perform and release albums, with their most recent release – Smoke & Mirrors – reaching number 29 in the UK album chart.

Bucks Fizz triumphed for the UK in 1981


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