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"Slade" were an English glam rock and hard rock band. The band formed in the late 1960s as R&B act, ''The N'Betweens'', and later as the rock act ''Ambrose Slade'', but found great success in the early 1970s, releasing a series of popular singles in what was perceived as being a glam rock style. Slade remain one of the most recognisable acts of the glam rock movement, and were, at their peak, the most commercially popular band in the UK. The band is possibly most famous for the song "Merry Xmas Everybody", originally released in December 1973 , is heard regularly at Christmas time everafter; it is now the most iconic British Christmas pop song.

During the height of their success, Slade out-performed their chart rivals Wizzard, Sweet, T. Rex, Suzi Quatro, Smokie and even Gary Glitter and David Bowie. In the UK they achieved 12 top five hits in a three-year span from 1971 to 1974, six of which topped the charts.

Due to a number of changes in music fashion and the advent of punk and New Wave music, Slade's success had faded somewhat by the late 1970s, although the group continued to release credible records. They enjoyed a return to the UK charts in the early 1980s, even ma...

years active 1966–1993
origin Black Country, England
status Disbanded
music genre Glam Rock and Hard Rock
current members Noddy Holder Vocals, Guitar, Bass (Occasionally)
Dave Hill Lead Guitar, Vocals, Bass (Occasionally)
Jim Lea Bass (Principally), Violin, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Don Powell Drums
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