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Although he will be most familiar to British record buyers for the six singles and two albums he recorded with the New Seekers, the bulk of Danny Finn's recordings were in fact made with Wishful Thinking, a group that became big in Germany but whose name proved to be prophetic in terms of its UK chart career.

Biography
Discography

YouTube

Discography

The Time

Wishful Thinking

Singles
Albums
Compilation Albums
DVD / Video

Danny Finn
Eve Graham and Danny Finn
Marty, Paul and Danny
Prima Donna
Viva


Ready Steady Stop! (CD cover).

Doin' The Mod
Volume 4:
Ready Steady Stop!

(CD cover)



Live Vol. 1 (album cover).

Wishful Thinking
Live Vol 1
(album cover)



Hiroshima (album cover).

Wishful Thinking
Hiroshima
(album cover)



That'll Be The Day (album cover).

That'll Be The Day
(Film Soundtrack)



That'll Be The Day (DVD cover).

That'll Be The Day
(DVD cover)



That'll Be The Day / Stardust (video cover).

That'll Be The Day /
Stardust

(video cover)



That'll Be The Day / Stardust (DVD cover).

That'll Be The Day /
Stardust

(DVD cover)



That'll Be The Day / Stardust (DVD cover).

That'll Be The Day /
Stardust

(DVD cover)




Wishful Thinking (CD cover).

Wishful Thinking
(CD cover)



Hiroshima (album cover).

Wishful Thinking
Hiroshima
(album cover)



Step By Step (CD cover).

Wishful Thinking
Step By Step
(CD cover)



Beatfreak, Volume 3 (CD cover).

Beatfreak!
Volume 3

(CD cover)



Red With Purple Flashes (album cover).

Fading Yellow
Volume 9

(CD cover)



Red With Purple Flashes (album cover).

Red With Purple Flashes
Vol. 2

(album cover)



Under The Silent Tree (CD cover).

Under The Silent Tree
(CD cover)



We're Not What We Appear To Be (album cover).

We're Not What
We Appear To Be

(album cover)


The Time

Singles

Take A Bit Of Notice
(Danny Barbour) / Every Now And Then (Danny Barbour) (Pye 7N 17019) January 1966

The First Time I Saw The Sun Shine (Danny Barbour / John Glenfield / Kevin Finn) / Annabel (Danny Barbour) (Pye 7N 17146) 22nd July 1966


Compilation Album

Ready, Steady, Stop! Doin’ The Mod Volume 4

(Castle CMRCD 535) 2002

A compilation CD featuring The First Time I Saw The Sun Shine by The Time.


Wishful Thinking

Singles

Count To Ten
/ Hang Around Girl
(Decca F 12598) 1967

Cherry, Cherry / Peanuts
(Decca F 12627) 1967

Meet The Sun / Easier Said Than Loving You
(Decca F 12673) 1967

It's So Easy / I Want You Girl
(Decca F 12760) 1968

Alone / Vegetables
(Decca F 22742) 1968

Without A Place To Go / Waterfall
(Metronome M 25210) 1970

Hiroshima / She Belongs To The Night
(Global Records / Phonogram 6004 991 and Global Records / Intercord 22 506-0) 1971

Lu La Le Lu / We're Gonna Change All This
(B&C Records CB169) 1972

Clear White Light / Hiroshima
(B&C Records CB184) 1972

Hiroshima / She Belongs To The Night
(Atlantic ATL 10 668) 1975

Clear White Light / Horizons
(Atlantic ATL 10 949) 1977

America / You Lay Me Down
(Atlantic ATL 11 222) 1978

Hiroshima / She Belongs To The Night
(Global Records and Tapes 0033.208) 1979

State Fair Majorette / Crash At Honolulu
(Global Records and Tapes 0033.215) 1979

Tightrope Man / (It's All About) Loving You
(Global Records and Tapes 0033.228) 1980

Hiroshima (Special Mix) / America (Special Mix)
(Global Records and Tapes 0933.201) 1982

Hiroshima / America
(Global Records and Tapes 107 165-100) 1985

Hiroshima / Hiroshima (90er-Mix)
(Global Records and Tapes 113 132) 1990

EP

Long Live Rock

Side 1: Billy Fury, Long Live Rock / Wishful Thinking, It'll Be Me
Side 2: Billy Fury, A Thousand Stars / Eugene Wallace, Slow Down
(Ronco ‎MR EP001) 1973

CD Single

Hiroshima
(Special Mix) / America (Special Mix) / State Fair Majorette
(Global Records and Tapes 662 024) 1989


Albums

Live Vol: 1

(Decca LP SKL 4900) 1967
(Deram CD PHCR-4237) 1996

In the sleeve notes to Under The Silent Tree, David Wells described this album as "a collection of so-so harmony beat / pop cover versions of material initially cut by the Four Seasons, the Beach Boys et al."

In 1996 the original 1967 album was re-released on CD in Japan.

Side 1: Step By Step | Big Girls Don't Cry | Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow | Turning Around | Hang Around Girl | California Girls | Reach Out (I'll Be There)
Side 2: Walk Away Renee | Happy Together | Is She A Woman Now? | Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) | Peanuts | The Exodus Song | Cherry, Cherry

Hiroshima
(B&C Records LP CAS 1038) 1971
(Midi Star-Collection MID 20 105) 1976
(Prog Temple CD PTCD8003) 6th November 2012

Hiroshima was produced by Lou Reizner, who had produced Rod Stewart's first two albums, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down and Gasoline Alley.

According to Mojo magazine, Reizner "not only shaped... Hiroshima but provided the voiceover on the title track, repeating the words of the actual broadcast that reported the first atomic bomb attack in August 1945." (Mojo, No. 216, November 2011)

In 1972 Reizner produced an orchestral version of Pete Townshend's rock opera Tommy, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with the English Chamber Choir and host of stars including Madeline Bell, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood. He went on to produce Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (1974) and the soundtrack to the film All This And World War II (1976). He died in London of stomach cancer on 26th June 1977.

Side 1: Hiroshima | This Time Tomorrow | She Belongs To The Night | Mary Goodbye | Ever Since I Can Remember | We're Gonna Change All This
Side 2: Now | The United States of Europe 79 | I Wrote A Song | 1984 | Goodbye Lover

That'll Be The Day (film soundtrack)

Wishful Thinking appeared in the film That'll Be The Day, starring David Essex as Jim MacLaine. "What's the band like?" he asked. "Not bad" came the reply. The song that they performed (as the band the Debonaires) is the old Cliff Richard and the Shadows hit It'll Be Me. The song appears on Side 4 (Disc 2) of the soundtrack album. Wishful Thinking also provided the backing for five songs by Billy Fury, which also appear on Side 4 (Disc 2).

Side 4: David Essex, Rock On | Billy Fury, A Thousand Stars | Viv Stanshall, Real Leather Jacket | Billy Fury, Long Live Rock | Stormy Tempest, What In The World (Shoop) | Billy Fury, That's All Right Mama | Eugene Wallace, Slow Down | Billy Fury, Get Yourself Together | Billy Fury, What'd I Say | Wishful Thinking, It'll Be Me

Wishful Thinking
(Global Records and Tapes LP 206 731-270 / CD 259 311-217) 1979

This LP, later released as a CD (259 311-217), was also re-released with the title Hiroshima.

Side 1: State Fair Majorette | Clear White Light | America | She Belongs To The Night | Crash At Honolulu
Side 2: Hiroshima | I Wrote A Song | Now | 1984 | Goodbye Lover

Step By Step
(Frost Records WISH1) 18th December 2007

A compilation CD featuring tracks by the Emeralds and Wishful Thinking, including some previously unreleased material.

The Emeralds
Tracks: The Kerry Dancers | Little White Lies | Don't Listen To Your Friends | Say You're Mine | King Lonely The Blue | Someone Else's Fool
Wishful Thinking
Tracks: Turning Round | V.I.P.| Step By Step | Looking Around | Count To Ten | Hang Around Girl | Cherry, Cherry | Peanuts | Meet The Sun | Easier Said Than Loving You | Alone | Vegetables | It's So Easy | I Want You Girl
Bonus tracks: Wonderful Day | Hush | Personality | Top Of The World | If You Don't Want My Love | Walk Away Renee | We Can Sing Together | We're Back In Britain

Believing In Dreams
August 2009

An album recorded in Scotland in 2009, containing a mix of brand new songs and some older tracks.

When You Dance | Manhattan Lights | Hiroshima | Broken Horse | Black Is White | Shine A Light | Believing In Dreams | State Fair Majorette | Dance With Me (live at Lakeside) | Carry On | Jesse | You Know What I'm Like | Make A Fool Out Of Me | Forever's Getting Shorter | America


Compilation Albums

Many compilation albums and CDs have been released featuring tracks by Wishful Thinking. A selection of these are listed below. For a complete discography visit The Official German Wishful Thinking website.

Beatfreak! Vol. 3
(Particles PARTCD4062) 2016

Tracks: The Boston Show Band, Wow, Wow, Wow | The Guards, Fantastic Fair | Isle Of Wight Cherokees, I Feel Good | The Good Vibrations, Sweet, Sweet, Sugar, Sugar | The Four Pennies, Square Peg | Mick & Malcolm, Big Black Smoke | The Ivy League, In The Not Too Distant Future | Evil Eyes, Mister Mystified | Steve Darbishire, Holiday In Wakiki | Chris Andrews, Hold On | Loudwater Tern, Senorita | Wishful Thinking, Hang Around Girl | Danny Diaz & The Checkmates, Solomon Grundy | The Tremors, Little Liza Jane | John Deen & The Trakk, Looking Down On My Friends | Mike Raynor & The Condors, I'm Going Down | The Times, Think About The Times | Five's Company, Session Man | The Cymbaline, Can You Hear Me

Fading Yellow, Volume 9: The Other Side Of Life
(Flower Machine Records FMRCD 1009) 2007

Tracks: Pop Workshop, Fairyland | The Marianne, As For Marionettes | Susie Klee, Punch And Judy Girl | Brendan Phillips, Is It Worth A Try? | Pussyfoot, Hasty Words | Hogarth, Suzie's Gettin' Married | Tony Ritchie, Rain On My Window | Jumbo, Promises | John Pantry, Wash Myself Away | Paul Vigrass, Stop! | Dave Christie, Penepole Breedlove | Christian, Other Side Of Life | Christian, She | Tapestry, Like The Sun | Andy Forray, Sarah Jane | Rodney Bewes, Dear Mother Love Albert | Gary Hamilton, Let The Music Play | Mike Leslie, Office Girl | Micky Jones and Tommy Brown, If I Could Be Sure | Jon, Polly Sunday | Timon, And Now She Says She Is Young | Wishful Thinking, Clear White Light | Brendan Phillips, When She's Kissing Me | Bill Fay, [Unrelesed Acetate] | Paul Layton, Sing Sadman Sing

Fairytales Can Come True, Volume 5: Steppin' Through An Empty Time

(Psychic Circle, PCCD7035)

Tracks: Sleepy, Mrs. Bailey's Barbecue And Grill | Francis Lai, Keep It Cool | Mec Op Singers, Stop The Machine | Rokes, Ride On | Pattersons, I Can Fly | Dorian & The Mackensies, Stay With Me | Love Affair, She Smiled Sweetly | Katch 22, Baby Love | Spacetrack, Steppin' Through An Empty Time | Dave Anthony's Moods, Fading Away | Rifkin, Contintental Hesitation | Crown's Clan, No Place For Our Minds | David McNeil, My Love | Merseys, The Cat | Sound Network, How About Now | Malcolm Holland, Dawning Of The Day | Rattles, Mister / Keep Your Hands Off My Sister | Wishful Thinking, She Belongs To The Night | Keith Field, The Day That War Broke Out | Montanas, Hey Diddle Diddle

Red With Purple Flashes, Vol. 2
(Parka) 2000

Side 1: Wishful Thinking, Step By Step | Act Of Creation, Yesterday Noontime | The Gates Of Eden, Yha Da Da | The Lee Kings, On My Way | Johnny Dean and The Deacons, Shotgun | The Counts, I Can't Go On | Los Brincos, I Know | Patterson's People, Shake Hands With The Devil | Legay, No One

Side 2: The Pandamonium, The Sun Shines From His Eyes | Travel Agency, Come To Me | The Summer Set, What Are You Gonna Do? | The Spiders, Cool It | The Groove, Play The Song | The Good Vibrations, Call Me Lightning | The Fun Of It, Drollery | Wishful Thinking, Is She A Woman Now | Jean-Pierre Messiera, Jim Clark Was Driving Recklessly

Silent Crying • Rock Ballads Against Nuclear Terror
(Modern Music, ‎TT 020-2 / T&T, TT 020-2) 1995

Tracks: Conception, Silent Crying | Stratovarius, Solitude | Wishful Thinking, Hiroshima | Virgin Steele, Forever Will I Roam | Gamma Ray, Silence | Sanvoisen, Tears For No One | Kamelot, What About Me | Alex Parche Project, The Longer You Can Wait | Thunderhead, Good Things Never Last | Ricochet, Angels | Holy Mother, Your Song | Angra, Stand Away | Elegy, Lust For Life | Kashmyr, Midnight Rain

Under The Silent Tree: Psychedelic Pstones IV
(Castle CMRCD 893) 22nd March 2004

A compilation CD of "post-psych psychedelia" featuring two tracks by Wishful Thinking - "the haunting Moody Blues-influenced Hiroshima" and 1984, which, according to David Wells in his sleeve notes, "now sounds closer to 1968 than 1984" thanks to its "reliance on studio trickery and psych-friendly instrumentation" such as the Mellotron."

Tracks: Honeybus, Under The Silent Tree | The Smoke, Playing With Magic | Paul St. John, The Flying Saucers Have Landed | Wishful Thinking, 1984 | Tuesday, Sewing Machine | Fat Mattress, She | The Kinks, Whip Lady | Stray, Around The World In Eighty Days | Parchment, Son Of God | Nimbo, Forget Her | Quiet World, The Visitor | Penny Arcade, The Two Of Us | The Tremeloes, Hard Time | Paul Brett Sage, 3D Mona Lisa | Status Quo, Shy Fly | The Kinks, Dreams | Stray, Time Machine | Writing On The Wall, Buffalo | Parchment, Love Is Come Again | The Laurels, The Devil's Well | Wishful Thinking, Hiroshima | Earl Jordan, 10,000 Years Behind My Mind

We're Not What We Appear To Be
(Wolfrilla 1011)

Side 1: The Bunch, We're Not What We Appear To Be | Ian & The Zodiacs, Wade In The Water | Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Will Ya? | The Merseys, The Cat | The Mindbenders, My New Day And Age | Tuesday's Children, Summer Leaves Me With A Sigh | Force Five, Don't Know Which Way To Turn

Side 2: Winston's Fumbs, Real Crazy Apartment | The Blue Aces, That's Alright | Paul & Barry Ryan, Gotta Go Out To Work | Mike Raynor & The Condors, Turn Your Head | The Montanas, Anyone There | Wishful Thinking, I Want You Girl | The Mindbenders, Far Across Town


DVD / Video

That'll Be The Day

(Anchor Bay) DVD - Region 1

Wishful Thinking appeared in That'll Be The Day as the Debonaires.

That'll Be The Day / Stardust
(Warner Home Video) VHS
11th June 1996

A double feature video of two films starring David Essex - That'll Be The Day and its sequel Stardust. The films were subsequently re-released on DVD.

That'll Be The Day / Stardust
(Warner Brothers D038491) DVD - Region 2
25th August 2003

That'll Be The Day / Stardust
(Optimum OPTD0805) DVD - Region 2
26th February 2007


Wishful Thinking.

Wishful Thinking
Photo and record covers used with kind permission of Andreas Hedler
(Wishful Thinking website).

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Marty Paul and Danny

Singles

Coming Alive Again
/ Water Lady
(RCA 2486) 21st March 1975

Take Me Back / Dinkey
(RCA 2607) 12th September 1975

Sweet Melinda / Holiday
(RCA 2630) 14th November 1975


Marty, Paul and Danny.

Marty Paul and Danny
Pictured (left to right): Paul Layton, Danny Finn and Marty Kristian.

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Ocean And Blue Sky (single cover).

Eve Graham
and
Danny Finn

Ocean And Blue Sky
(single cover)



Chartbusters Vol. 1 (album cover).

Chartbusters
Vol. 1

(Cambra CB1000)

 



Eve Graham and Danny Finn

Single

Ocean And Blue Sky
/ I Couldn't Love You More
(Chrysalis CHS2269) April 1979

Album (cassette)

On The Road
Side 1: All The Money In The World | We Got Tonight | Give Us Time | Real To Reel | Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants | Woman Of The World
Side 2: Falling In Love Again | Just A Smile | Evergreen | Black Widow Spider | Leaving It All | Your Love

Albums by Various Artists

Chartbusters Vol. 1

(Cambra CB1000) 1981

Eve Graham and Danny Finn, though not credited as vocalists, were featured on an album of cover versions released on the Cambra label in 1981. Eve sang the lead vocal on Japanese Boy, Super Trouper and Woman In Love; Danny sang lead on Hold Me and the two of them duetted on Making Your Mind Up.

Side 1: Don't Stand So Close To Me | Shine A Little Love | Jump To The Beat | Woman | Carrie | Lady | The Tide Is High
Side 2: Use It Up, Wear It Out | One Day I'll Fly Away | Funky Town | Hold Me | Making Your Mind Up | De Doo Doo Doo | Everybody Salsa
Side 3: Bette Davis Eyes | Imagine | No Woman, No Cry | Woman In Love | Lonely Together | Lately | O Superman
Side 4: Japanese Boy | Wired For Sound | Super Trouper | Birdie Song (Birdie Dance) | Can Can | 9-5 | Feels Like I'm In Love

Paris: A Story Of Love And Its Power
(Paris Music LTD PML 001/2) 1990

Eve Graham and Danny Finn featured as backing vocalists on this CD, Danny being credited amongst the Gentlemen and Eve amongst the Ladies.


Viva (Eve Graham and Danny Finn)

Single

Chris Must Stay
/ Light Of The World
(Cambra CMB 01) November 1981


Ebe Graham and Danny Finn.

Eve Graham and Danny Finn

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Love Enough For Two (single cover).

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two,
the UK's entry
in the 1980
Eurovision
Song Contest.



Prima Donna

Singles

Love Enough For Two
/ Missing Out On Love
(Ariola ARO 221) April 1980

Just Got To Be You / Let's Take Our Chances
(Ariola ARO 244) September 1980

Compilation Album

Ultimate Eurovision Party

(BMG 88697315552) 12th May 2008

A compilation of Eurovision hits including Prima Donna's Love Enough For Two.


Love Enough For Two (sheet music).

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two (sheet music).

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Danny Finn

Single

Europa Park Song
(English version) / Europa Park Song (German version)
1980


Europa Park Song (single cover).

Danny Finn
Europa Park Song

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YouTube






YouTube video clip.

Eve Graham
& Danny Finn,
'The Wiz' Medley:
A Brand New Day /
Ease On
Down The Road




YouTube video clip.

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two

Eurovision
Preview Film,
1980.


YouTube video clip.

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two

A Song For Europe,
1980
.


YouTube video clip.

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two

Top Of The Pops,
1980
.


YouTube video clip.

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two

Eurovision
Song Contest,
1980
.


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Sound and Vision

Singles
Albums
Compilation Albums
Song By Song

Collectors' Items
Fan Clubs
Television
Top Of The Pops
Videos / DVDs


Biographies

Vivien Banks
Chris Barrington
Peter Doyle
Brian Engel
Danny Finn
Mick Flinn
Eve Graham
Sally Graham
Mark Hankins
Laurie Heath

Vikki James
Donna Jones
Nicola Kerr
Marty Kristian
Paul Layton
Peter Oliver
Keith Potger
Kathy Ann Rae
Francine Rees
Caitriona Walsh



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