One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Partland Brothers

“Soul City” by the Partland Brothers

The Partland Brothers – G.P. and Chris – was a Canadian duo. They played in several bands around the Toronto area before forming a bar-band called Oliver Heavyside. In 1982, they entered and won the “Q107 Homegrown” contest, which attracted the attention of Capitol Records. They then just called themselves the Partland Brothers, and released their first album in 1986, called Electric Honey. Their first single was a huge success, hitting the Top 10 in Canada, and reaching the Top 30 in the U.S., peaking at #27 on June 27, 1987. This earned them tours with the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys in the US, as well as headline gigs of their own at home in Canada.

However, there were management issues, and they did not release their next album until 1990. Their sound changed to be more acoustic. They released their last album in 1993. They still play, now with their brother Robin on drums, and back up Ronnie Hawkins on the road in Canada and the US.

Here is the Partland Brothers’ lone hit, “Soul City” :

2 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Partland Brothers”

    1. I hadn’t remembered this one either. I figured the later in the ’80s it got, the more songs I would know. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Well that makes this more fun anyway! I do like this song a lot more than the last one.

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