Tuesday, April 21, 2015
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Cover Girls
Song:Wishing On A Star
Wishing On A Star was one of two top ten hits for The Cover Girls. I think it's fair to say The Cover Girls were very similar to other pop/R & B girl groups of the 80s like Expose, Seduction and Sweet Sensation. The Cover Girls came out of the New York club scene. They were formed by club owner Sal Abbatiello and DJ Andy "Panda" Tripoli in 1986. The original members were Louise Angel Sabater AKA Angel Clivilles, Caroline Jackson and Sunshine Wright. They recorded the 1986 album Show Me on Abbatiello's label Fever. Wright left in 1987 and was replaced by Margo Urban. The Cover Girls signed with Capitol Records and released the 1989 album We Can't Go Wrong. The single We Can't Go Wrong reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. They toured with New Kids on the Block. Sabater left to go solo in 1990 and was replaced by Evelyn Escalera. Then Urban left in 1992 and was replaced by Michelle Valentine. They moved to Epic Records and released the 1992 album Here It Is. Wishing On A Star reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Escalera and Valentine sang lead vocals. Though Tripoli still worked with The Cover Girls, Wishing On A Star was produced by Tony Moran and Andy Marvel who both came from a club DJ background. Wishing On A Star was written by Billie Rae Calvin of the 70s group The Undisputed Truth. Rose Royce first recorded it in 1977 and Jay-Z and Beyonce both recorded it but not together. The Cover Girls version is the most memorable version. For the 1996 album Satisfy, Valentine left during the album's production and Evelyn sang most of the lead vocals with two other girls. The group disbanded soon after. You can get all their hits on this comp CD. Evelyn briefly reformed The Cover Girls in 2006 and she has recorded as Evelyn Deville. I think she still works with Abbatiello. Sabater released a solo album in 2000 produced by Tripoli. Here's the video for Wishing On A Star by The Cover Girls. The version that is on Youtube is a remix. This is the original.