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The Foundations were a British soul band, active from 1967 to 1970. The evolved out of a group called The Ramong Sound aka The Ramongs. They were an eight man multi-racial group made up of three white Londoners, four West Indians and a Sri Lankan. For approximately one and a half months Arthur Brown was in the group. They were originally discovered by Ron Fairway and were briefly managed by Fairway and Barry Class until Fairway was ousted leaving Class in charge.

They had a number 1 hit with their first release, "Baby, Now That I've Found You", They followed up with "Back On My Feet Again" which went to number 18 and "Any Old Time (You're Lonely Or Sad)" which got to number 48.

The original lead singer Clem Curtis and another member, tenor sax player Mike Elliott left in 1968. The Foundations had two more big hits with Curtis's replacement, lead singer Colin Young. "Build Me Up Buttercup" went number 2 in 1968 and In The Bad Bad Old Days" which went to number 8 in 1969. The group's last chart entry was with their own composition "Born To Live, Born To Die" which charted number 46.

The group disbanded towards the end of 1970. Since the 1970's Clem Curtis has continued to perform in a revived version of the group named Clem Curtis & The Foundations, Meanwhile, Colin Young formed his own shortlived version of the group, New Foundations.

Later years, Curtis along with original guitarist Alan Warner (2), keyboard player, Vince Cross and drummer, Andy Bennett (8), recorded new versions of The Foundations classic tracks plus additional material. This appears on the 1992 album [r=5329298] which in spite of its title is not a compilation.


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The Foundations were a British soul band (m. 1967–1970). The group's background was: West Indian, White British, and Sri Lankan. Their 1967 debut single "Baby Now That I've Found You" reached number one in the UK and Canada, and number eleven in the US, while their 1968 single "Build Me Up Buttercup" reached number two in the UK and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. The group was the first multi-racial group to have a number one hit in the UK in the 1960s.The Foundations were one of the few British acts to successfully imitate what became known as the Motown Sound. The Foundations signed to Pye, at the time one of only four big UK record companies (the others being EMI, which included the HMV, Columbia and Parlophone labels, Decca, and Philips, which also owned Fontana).