KWS were a British pop\rave music act from Nottingham, England that consisted of instrumentalists\record producers Chris King (born on September 6, 1966) & Winston Williams (born on February 14, 1965) and singer Delroy St. Joseph (born on November 28, 1967). In 1992, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #143 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. The first single, a cover version of KC and the Sunshine Band’s song “Please Don’t Go” which topped the U.K. Singles chart for five weeks.
In the United States, the song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #13 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The song was said to a sound-alike cover of Italian Eurodance group Double You’s version of the song (which was released in the same year).
It was recorded & released after record company Network had failed to secure distribution rights in the U.K. for the Double You version.
The similarities in both song versions resulte in Network paying compensation to Double You’s producer Roberto Zanetti, following legal action.
KWS’ version was claimed to be released in honor of European football defender Des Walker (of the Nottingham Forest) who was about to sign with an Italian team called Sampdoria.
The song managed to peak at #7 on the German Singles Chart in Germany, but it disappeared due to the legal issues with Double You.
Because of this, “Please Don’t Go” is the highest position that had dropped out of the German Singles Chart the following week. The follow-up single was a cover version of George McCrae’s hit song “Rock Your Baby” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was also moderately successful in Italy and in Australia.
The third single from the album “Hold Back the Night” featuring music group The Trammps, peaked at #30 on the U.K. Singles chart. A promotional single for KWS’s cover version of KC & the Sunshine Band’s song “Keep it Comin’ Love” was released, but it’s unknown if it charted at all.
KWS were subsequently nominated for the “Best British Newcomer” Award at the 1993 BRIT Awards and won.
During that same year, they released the single “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” which peaked at #71 on the U.K. Singles chart.
They also released the single “It Seems to Hang On” which managed to peak at #58 on the UK Singles Chart & a holiday single called “Give Me Love (This Christmas Time).” In 1994, KWS released a cover version of Rufus & Chaka Khan’s song “Ain’t Nobody” called “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” featuring R&B singer Gwen Dickey.
The song managed to peak at #21 on the UK Singles chart and #43 in Australia. During that same year, they released the single “The More I Get, the More I Want” featuring R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass which peaked at #35 on the UK Singles chart.
After that, it seemed as if KWS disbanded.
These days, Chris King is working as a classic scooter renovator as revealed on the U.K. television panel show “Never Mind The Buzzcocks.”
It’s unknown what Delroy St. Joseph & Winston Williams are up to these days.
To see the music video for “Please Don’t Go,” go to:
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