Katrina and the Waves

The group was formed in 1981 in the U.K., and featured Kimberley Rew (who had been in a band with Robyn Hitchcock called The Soft Boys), drummer Alex Cooper, and two U.S. "army brats," Katrina Leskanich on vocals and guitar, and Vince de la Cruz on bass. The band couldn't get a major label deal at first in its native U.K., but landed a deal in Canada and released two indie albums before the demo of "Walking On Sunshine" got them a major label deal with EMI.

The group shot to the top of the charts with the single (which appears on nearly every summer-themed compilation) and toured for three years solid opening for bands like The Beach Boys and The Kinks. The band worked on and off through 1999 before finally disbanding.

Katrina Leskanich has carried on as a solo artist, a celebrity DJ, and as an actress in the '60s musical, Leader of The Pack.

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