Slade is a glam rock band, which was established in 1966. It conquered the hearts of the British audience in the early 1970s. They created six chart-topping singles and 11 of their songs got into the top-5 of the British Singles Chart. The original group members were Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Jimmy Lea, and Don Powell.
In 1964, Don Powell and Dave Hill were members of a little known band called Vendors. Meanwhile, Noddy Holder sang for Steve Brett & The Mavericks.
In 1966, Holder left for another group Listen and met Jimmy Lea. Jimmy and Noddy decided to create a new group. They joined Don and Dave and started to perform under the name N’Betweens. They didn’t manage to gain any popularity.
But in 1969, the group was invited to the recording studio Fontana, where they got a chance to record their first long play. The studio manager suggested that they change their name to Ambrose Slade. The same year they recorded their first album Beginnings. The first album remained mostly unpopular just as the second album Play it Loud.
In 1972, the group released a live album Slade Alive, which stayed in the charts for over a year. The international popularity came to the band after the release of the third album Slayde. The glam rock was on the rise and the band managed to get the best of it. The album tops British and Australian charts and gets into the top-10 of the European charts.