Release Info: TIGHT FIT "FANTASY ISLAND"
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In 1981, record producer Ken Gold came up with the idea to record a single made up of a medley of 1960s songs. The medley trend was in full swing at this time, following the success of Starsound and their Stars on 45 singles. He put together a group of male/female session singers and released "Back to the 60s" under the group title, Tight Fit. The song became a hit in the summer and reached No.4 in the UK Singles Chart.
A follow-up, "Back to the 60s Part 2" was released soon after and also hit the UK Top 40.
Later in the year record producer Tim Friese-Greene recorded the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" with another group of session singers. The song was released in early 1982 again under the title Tight Fit. The song gained instant attention and so a group was formed to front it. Dancer, singer and male model Steve Grant was teamed up with female singers Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris. The song reached No.1 in the UK for three weeks and the line-up were catapulted into sudden and unexpected stardom.
Satisfied that this line-up could actually sing in their own right, Friese-Greene produced their next single, "Fantasy Island" - a song which had been in the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest heats. The song, in a very similar vein to pop group ABBA, also became a success and reached No.5 in May.
The group then set about recording an album as well as rehearsing for their first tour. A third single was released in August. "Secret Heart" was not as big as a success as the previous two and stalled at No.41. The debut album was released soon after, but coincided with both Harris and Gyngell leaving the group. Both unhappy with their contract, they claimed that they were not receiving any royalties from their hits and were being paid a paltry wage to tour the world as well as recording sessions, television appearances and magazine interviews. Swiftly, two new female singers were employed to take their place and the group released another single, "I'm Undecided" - a song from the album, with new vocals. The song failed to make the UK Chart and this signalled the end of Tight Fit's brief pop stardom. In an interview, Harris stated that the public did not take to the new line-up and had she and Gyngell been still with the group, it would have likely been a hit.
The following year, Tight Fit released one more single - a cover of Stephen Stills' "Love The One You're With". Under the banner, Steve Grant with Tight Fit, the song completely missed the chart and the group duly split-up.
* Steve Grant (born Stephen Robert Pratt, 26 February 1960) (1982-1983)
* Denise Gyngell (born 30 August 1961) (1982)
* Julie Harris (born 15 August 1958) (1982)
* "Back to the Sixties" - (1981) - Jive Records - No. 4
* "Back to the Sixties Part 2" - (1981) - No. 33
* "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - (1982) - No. 1
* "Fantasy Island" - (1982) - No. 5
* "Secret Heart" - (1982) - No. 41
* "I'm Undecided" - (1982)
* "Love The One You're With" (1983)
* Back to the Sixties - (1981) - Jive Records - No.38
* Tight Fit - (1982) - No.87
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