Singer. Born Roberto Alfonso Farrell, he was a singer-dancer best known as the frontman of the International pop-disco group, Boney M. He was working as a radio DJ in Germany, when he was chosen to front Boney M, which was put together by producer Frank Farian, in 1974. As Boney M's lead vocalist, they had their first hit with "Daddy Cool" in 1976, followed by "Rivers of Babylon" which sold two million records in Britain alone and stayed at the top of the pop chart for five weeks. Signed to the Sony label, Boney M had 38 Top Ten hits, plus 15 numbers to include "Brown Girl in the Ring" and "Mary's Boychild". Known for his extravagant costumes, after the group disbanded in 1986, Farrell continued touring on his own, with three female backing singers under the name Bobby Farrell of Boney M. Together with his new line up, he appeared in music videos and barnstormed the international concert circuit through the 1990s, into the first decade of this 21st century. He died of heart failure while on tour at Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith