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Pulicity shot from the mid 70's showing Black front centre & McDonald bottom right
Background information
Origin Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Genres Rock, prog rock, pop rock
Years active 1976-1980
Labels Bronze Records
Members Dave Black
Pete McDonald
Geoff Robson
Tom Knowles
Dom Bon de Sousa Pernes

Goldie were a British pop/rock band. The band was formed by guitarist Dave Black in 1976 with members of his previous project Kestrel and following his departure from Spiders from Mars. They are best known for the hit single "Making Up Again", which reached Number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1978.[1]

The single as with most of their material was written by their guitarist Dave Black & lead vocalist Pete McDonald and it was released on the Bronze label with catalogue reference BRO 50, the track spent a total of 11 weeks in the chart.[1] Despite releasing follow up singles their lack of subsequent chart success made Goldie a one-hit wonder. Noel Edmunds who was working as a DJ and presenter for the BBC at the time was said to have described it as a “nice little thing".

The song is considered a fine example of late 70's sophisticated pop music, Pete McDonald hinted at its complexity in an interview with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle in March 1978 when he said [2] "It’s not typical of what we play on stage. It’s too complex."

The band performed and recorded together for four years, and appeared on the TV show Top of the Pops. The group disbanded in 1980. Following the split Black went on to form another band 747 who did not achieve chart success but did have a successful career in their native North East during the early 80's. Both Black and McDonald went on to have successful solo careers and Black continues to attract healthy crowds at his many gigs throughout the North of England.[3] Geoff Robson, their bass guitarist, appeared on series 25 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks in September 2011.

Band Members[edit]

  • Dave Black - Guitar/Vocals
  • Pete McDonald - Vocals
  • Geoff Robson - Bass
  • Tom Knowles - Drums
  • Dom Bon de Sousa Pernes - Saxophone



  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 230. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/north-east-group-goldie-made-4066390
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p509253/biography
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Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:01:07 -0800

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The Guardian

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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:45:18 -0800

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