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Sunday Line Up
8. Matt Bianco
Matt Bianco might sound like a person, but the UK pop group’s band name came from their love of spy TV themes and film scores – Matt is a made up spy, a secret agent. They were formed in 1982 by the late Kito Poncioni (bass), Mark Reilly (vocals) and Danny White (keyboards) whose first album, "Whose Side Are You On?", featured the jazzy vocal arrangements of then unknown vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska and produced such hits as "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Half a Minute", turning Matt Bianco into one of the biggest acts of 1984’s Europe. When Basia and Danny White left the group to pursue lucrative solo-careers, Mark Reilly found Mark Foster (keyboard player and session musician) and continued, recording the next Matt Bianco album followed by a European tour that saw them perform in front of more than 250,000 people. They went on to have sustained success throughout the decades in America and Asia and in 2003, after 20 years apart, reformed the original line up and embarked on a world tour. In 2009, Mark Reilly and Mark Fisher joined forces again releasing the album "Hi-Fi Bossanova", and have performed concerts and jazz festivals worldwide since. On March 8th 2012 they are releasing their new studio album "Hideaway".