In April 1987, 8 Original Jazz Duos PDF had international success with their first hit single „Shattered Dreams“. Both Datchler and Nocito were born into musical families.
A collection of well-crafted original compositions with underlying jazz roots and a down-home bluesy feel. These duos would also work well on a recital program, alone or combined as a suite.
Datchler’s father, Fred, was a member of two chart-topping bands from the 1950s. The Stargazers had the distinction of being the first British band to reach No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Having been a singer, guitarist and keyboard player in numerous bands as a teenager, Datchler released his first single on the London independent record label, Bluebird Records at the age of 17, backed by members of reggae band Aswad.
Nocito was a guitarist in school bands, having grown up alongside friend and fellow record producer, Phil Thornalley, as well as members of Katrina and the Waves. They two met in 1982 at RAK Studios in London. Datchler had just become lead singer in the band, Hot Club, alongside the third and final original JHJ member, Calvin Hayes. The line-up also included bass player Glen Matlock and guitarist James Stevenson. In April 1986, Datchler, Nocito and Hayes released the first Johnny Hates Jazz single, „Me and My Foolish Heart“, on RAK Records. It was not a commercial success, but gained substantial airplay and was Sounds magazine’s record of the week. Datchler began writing new songs which included „Shattered Dreams“.