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Clout were originally a five-piece, South African all-girl group formed in 1977, best known for their song “Substitute”, which sold millions of copies.
“Substitute” was a cover version of an obscure Righteous Brothers song, composed by Willie Wilson. Clout’s version reached number two in the UK singles chart for three weeks in June 1978, and number one in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and South Africa. It only reached number sixty-seven in the U.S. for one week in September 1978, but stayed in the Billboard chart for ten weeks altogether. “Substitute” was then recorded by Gloria Gaynor for single release in the U.S., but radio and club DJs preferred the B-side which became the worldwide hit: “I Will Survive”.
Members:| * Glenda Hyam: vocals, keyboards (1977)| * Lee Tomlinson: bass, vocals (1977–1978)| * Ingrid “Ingi” Herbst: drums, vocals (1977–1981)| * Cindy Alter: lead vocals, guitar (1977–1981)| * Jenni Garson: guitar, vocals (1977–1981)| * Ron “Bones” Brettell: keyboards (1978–1981)| * Sandy Robbie: guitar (1978–1981)| * Gary van Zyl: bass (1980–1981)
* 1978: Substitute (aka Clout)| * 1979: Six of the Best| * 1980: A Threat and a Promise| * 1981: 1977 to 1981| * 1992: Substitute (Dutch compilation)| * 1992: 20 Greatest Hits
* 1977| o “Substitute”| * 1978| o “You’ve Got All of Me”| * 1979| o “Save Me”| o “Ms America”| o “Under Fire”| * 1980| o “Oowatanite”| o “Portable Radio”| * 1981| o “Wish I Were Loving You”
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