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Nov 27, 2022

Slade formed in Wolverhampton in the UK midlands in 1966. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.

The British Hit Singles & Albums names them the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to have three singles enter the charts at number one; all six of the band’s chart-toppers were penned by band members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.

Following an unsuccessful move to the U.S. in 1975, Slade’s popularity in the UK waned, but was unexpectedly revived in 1980 when they were last-minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Rock Festival. The band later acknowledged this to have been one of the highlights of their career. The original line-up of Holder, Lea, Don Powell and Dave Hill split in 1992, but reformed later in the year as Slade II. The band have continued, with a number of line-up changes, to the present day. They have also shortened the group name back to Slade.

A number of artists from diverse genres have cited Slade as an influence, including Nirvana, Ramones, The Clash, Kiss, Mötley CrüeDef LeppardCheap Trick and Oasis.

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