FORREST "ROCK THE BOAT"

By Mark Nobes, chief editor

"Rock The Boat" by Forrest Thomas reached No.4 in the UK singles chart in February 1983. It was originally a hit for Hues Corporation in 1974. The video above features none other than Sinitta, who had a successful solo career during the second half of the 80s with Stock, Aitken and Waterman producing the songs.
The song was also a hit in Holland, where it reached No.7 on the Dutch Single Top 100, and also in Australia, reached No.33 on the Kent Music Report chart.
A remix entitled "Rock The Boat '89" failed to chart anywhere on the planet! Other singles that charted in the UK were "One Lover (Don't Stop The Show)" which reached #67 during 1983, and "She's So Divine", which reached #98 in 1984.
Forrest - Rock The Boat vinyl 45

 

FEEL THE NEED IN ME

Forrest was saved from being added to the One Hit Wonders list, though, as he achieved a second hit single with "Feel The Need I  Me" which hit #17 in the UK. That rather embarrassing eighties video features Carol Yates (she's wearing a white top and short blue skirt) who played the older sister of Trisha Yates in the BBC drama series for kids, Grange Hill.

"Feel The Need" In Me was originally a No.4 hit (in 1972) by the American R&B band Detroit Emeralds.
Forrest - Feel The Need In Me - 45 7
Forrest sadly died on September 9th 2013 from a stroke, aged 60. He had been residing the The Netherlands since the 1980s, and has two sons.