T’pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the hit “Heart & Soul” reaching No. 4 in both the UK & US charts. Taken from the debut album “Bridge Of Spies,” it’s innovative use of a rap verse by a white female vocalist introduced the world to the distinctive lead vocals of Carol Decker & the song writing talents of Carol & Ronnie Rogers.
“Heart & Soul” led to a meteoric rise in T’pau’s fortunes both at home & in the USA, where the track stayed on the US billboard chart for 6 months. After a UK arena tour supporting Bryan Adams, the band immediately toured UK City Halls as headliners to tie in with the next single, the classic ballad “China In Your Hand.” Nobody could have predicted the enormous impact of “China” which stayed at No. 1 for 5 weeks – the longest serving No. 1 of the year! simultaneously Bridge Of Spies occupied the number1 album slot for 2 weeks .Keeping George Harrison off th number 1 single slot & Paul McArtney off the number1 album slot.Two Beatles trounced! ?
To date, “China In Your Hand” has appeared on more than 150 compilations, and has become one of the most played songs of the 1980’s. After further hits such as “Valentine,” “I Will Be With You,” and “Sex Talk,” the “Bridge Of Spies” album was certified quadruple platinum in the UK, selling 1.2 million copies. ‘Rage’ the 2nd album also went platinum.