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The Foundations

The Foundations were a British soul band, active from 1967 to 1970.

The group, made up of both West Indians and Caucasians, is best known for their two biggest hits, "Baby, Now That I've Found You" (a Number One hit in the UK singles chart, and subsequently Top 10 in the U.S.); and "Build Me Up Buttercup" (a chart topper in the Billboard Hot 100), co-written by Michael d'Abo, one time vocalist with Manfred Mann.

They are also notable for being one of the few acts not on the Tamla Motown label, to use successfully what became known as the Motown Sound. In terms of line-up and musical style, they anticipated the sound of the more successful Hot Chocolate.

Original vocalist Clem Curtis left in 1968 and moved to the U.S. for a solo career on the club circuit, encouraged by the likes of Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave, playing Las Vegas with the Righteous Brothers. He was replaced by Colin Young.

The group's final hit was the less pop-oriented, more sophisticated "Born To Live and Born To Die". They split in 1970, when the rhythm section broke away to form the progressive group Pluto. When Curtis returned to the UK...

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