The Goombay Dance Band is a German based band of the 1970s created by Oliver Bendt. The band is named after a small bay on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Their music has a distinctive sound (somewhat similar to Boney M and Ottawan), a mixture of Caribbean soca or calypso and western pop.
The group built up a fan base across Europe and in total released some 15 singles between 1979 and 1985, within which time they enjoyed their greatest commercial success. They proved very popular in South Africa too, where Sun of Jamaica and Aloha-e topped the singles charts. Seven Tears also charted, while Rain and Eldorado also proved popular.
Their most successful song was Sun of Jamaica which topped the German single charts for nine weeks in 1980 and sold 11 million copies,although it never reached the Top 40 in the UK. However, in 1982, their song "Seven Tears" topped the UK Singles Chart for 3 weeks and was also a million-seller. It was the 8th best selling single in the UK during 1982. "Sun of Jamaica" also reached the top of the German music charts in 1980 when performed under the title "Nie mehr allein sein" by singer Tony Holiday.
A "best of" album was released in 2005.
* Oliver Bendt (original name: Jörg Knoch)
* Alicia Bendt
* Dorothy Hellings
* Wendy Doorsen
* Mario Slijngaard