Paper Lace was a Nottingham based pop group, formed in 1969. Americans called them 'a one-hit wonder' ; in the UK they were a "classic two and a half hit wonder". Used to be called Music Box, but changed their name to Paper Lace in association to the high quality lace product manufactured in their hometown, Nottingham.
The smash hit "Billy Don't Be a Hero" spent three weeks at Number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 1974. It was followed by an equally catchy story song, which reached the Number 3 called "The Night Chicago Died". Another release, "The Black-Eyed Boys", took Paper Lace to Number 11 in late 1974.