RETRO rock ‘n’ rollers Showaddywaddy racked up more than 50 Top of the Pops appearances in their heyday.

During the Seventies, they had more UK hits than any other band – including Abba.

The first singles were self-penned, but cover versions of Three Steps To Heaven and Heartbeat broke into the top ten.

They topped the chart in 1976 with Under the Moon of Love, which sold a staggering 985,000 copies.

And more than 40 years later demand for the legendary performers is as strong as ever – a testament to their live shows.

Original members Romeo Challenger and Rod Deas are still with the band, who continue to wear their colourful trademark Teddy Boy outfits.

It’s 14 years since their Very Best Of collection gave them their first gold album award in two decades.

In 2008 they released The Sun Album, researched from 9,800 original tracks recorded at the revered Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Since then they have toured tirelessly and 2016 saw the latest line-up return to the studio to record brand new album Next Chapter.

They’ve had 23 top 40 UK singles, released 15 massive-selling albums, performed at Royal Variety performances and even met the late Queen Mother – at her request.

In total they racked up more than 200 weeks in the charts, making them one of the most successful singles groups of all time.

Lead singer Dave Bartram left in 2011 after 38 years fronting the band, but continues as their manager.

Showaddywaddy are at Clacton’s Princes Theatre this Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £23 from the box office on 01255 686633.