Saturday, November 19, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Kim Wilde
Song:You Keep Me Hangin' On
Album:The Singles Collection 1981-1993
British pop singer Kim Wilde had her only US top ten hit with this 1986 chart topping cover of The Supremes classic You Keep Me Hangin' On. She's a bigger deal in Europe especially Germany. Kim grew up in the music business. She was born Kim Smith Nov. 18, 1960 in London the daughter of pop singer Marty Wilde (real name: Reginald Smith). In 1980, she signed with veteran producer Mickie Most's RAK Records. Her 1981 debut single Kids In America reached #2 on the British Singles chart. It didn't do as well in the US as it reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. But it is considered to be Kim's signature song. She wrote and produced it with her brother Ricky Wilde. Ricky became a producer after Jonathan King's early 70s attempt to turn him into a teen pop star fell flat. Kim continued to have moderate success in Europe. But when her 1983 album Catch As Catch Can flopped, she left RAK for MCA Records. You Keep Me Hangin' On is from her 1986 album Another Step. It topped the Billboard Hot 100. Of course the song was a hit in 1966 for The Supremes and was also a hit for Vanilla Fudge in 1967. Reba McEntire had a country music hit with it in 1995. It was written by Holland-Dozier-Holland. That was the end of Kim Wilde's success in the US. But she continued to chart in England until she left MCA in 1995. You can get all her hits on this budget comp. She continued to perform on stage but returned to recording in 2003 with the duet with German pop star Nena called Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime. It was such a big hit in Germany that Kim signed with EMI Germany in 2005 and currently records for Sony Germany. Her latest CD Snapshots was released Aug. 2011. Kim also launched a career as a gardener and hosted the BBC series Garden Invaders and has written two books. Kim and husband Hal Fowler have two children. Here's the video for You Keep Me Hangin' On by Kim Wilde.