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Silver Convention – “Fly Robin Fly”

Music | January 2, 2019

Silver Convention West German disco vocal group Silver Convention perform live on stage circa 1976. The group are, from left: Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf and Linda G. Thompson. Source: (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Silver Convention was one of those groovy girl groups of the disco era. Silver Convention was a group from West Germany and was originally named Silver Bird Convention; sometimes called simply, Silver Bird. Members included vocalists, Linda Thompson, Ramona Wulf, and Penny McLean.

Fly Robin Fly. Source: (itunes.apple.com)

Silver Convention was a Euro-disco group hailing from West Germany.

‘70s Disco Dance Party. Source: (ourpastimes.com)

Euro disco is commonly known as a genre of electronic dance music from the late ‘70s. Euro disco combined the elements of pop, new wave, and rock music into an "animal" all its own. Many of the music artists that jumped on this bandwagon were of European descent but nevertheless primarily sang their song lyrics in English. No matter the language, fans just wanted to dance the night away!

Thinking back to the groovy ‘70s, the band Silver Convention may not immediately come to mind but their hit song, Fly Robin Fly, just might!

Michael Kunze and Silvester Levay. Source: (wed.de)

Fly Robin Fly was one of those songs that just seemed to rattle around in a person’s head after hearing it. Surprisingly, there was nothing that notable about it and was somewhat mindless. The lyrics were simple and repetitive and the vocalists were actually a throw together group of background singers. Silver Convention was created by a couple of guys named Silvester Levay and Michael Kunze. They literally walked into a music studio in 1975 and hand-picked some vocalists to perform another song called, Save Me. Save Me turned out to be successful enough to land them a recording contract and Silver Convention, as we knew it, was born.

Fly Robin Fly was initially supposed to be called, “Run Rabbit, Run.”

In late 1975, Fly Robin Fly had climbed its way up the music charts. Silver Convention found itself in the spotlight. Up until this point, only a studio album had been released. Live gigs were in big demand and the band needed some stability and regular members. That is when Thompson, McLean, and Wulf officially became the voices and faces of Silver Convention.

Silver Convention, Get Up And Boogie. Source: (youtube.com)

Silver Convention also had success with the song, Get Up And Boogie.

Below, are some more fun facts about the iconic Euro disco song, Fly Robin Fly:

  • Fly Robin Fly won a Grammy Award in 1796 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental Performance.”

Fly Robin Fly. Source: (superseventies.tumblr.com)

  • In 1975, shortly after its release, Fly Robin Fly was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for rhythm & blues. That same year, the song as at the top of the Hot Disco/Dance charts.

Silver Convention. Source: (diasdeviejocolor.blogspot.com)

  • Fly Robin Fly launched Silver Convention into mainstream success. The group was the first ever German music group to boast a No. 1 hit in the United States.
  • This song that brought so much attention and (short-lived) success, only had six words! The entire song consisted of the repetition of the same lyrics all throughout.
Fly, robin fly


Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Up, up to the sky
Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Up, up to the sky
Fly, robin fly

At the end of the ‘70s decade, Silver Convention had fizzled out but not before making their mark in music history.

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Rebeka Knott

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Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.