Song:Tell It To My Heart
Album:Playlist: The Very Best of Taylor Dayne
Everything about Taylor Dayne was bombastic and over the top including her look. But she was very successful in the late 80s mostly in the dance market. Tell It To My Heart was her debut single and first top ten pop hit. She was born Leslie Wunderman Mar. 7, 1962 in Baldwin, Long Island, NY. After graduating high school, she started singing in local bands like Felony and Next and she also released a couple of singles as Les Lee. Clive Davis saw her in a New York club and signed her to Arista. She was assigned to British born house producer Ric Wake. He went on to produce several female singers but Taylor Dayne was his first big success. Tell It to My Heart was written by Seth Swirsky and Ernie Gold. It was first recorded by Canadian pop singer Louisa Florio in 1987. Swirsky was a staff songwriter at Chappell Music. He has written plenty of hits but Tell It To My Heart was his first big hit. From what I can tell, Ernie Gold is a pseudonym for veteran singer songwriter Franne Golde. It looks like there may have been a publisher conflict and she had to use a phony name. The single reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a worldwide dance hit. Taylor had a string of hits including the chart topper Love Will Lead You Back in 1989. After seven consecutive top ten pop hits, Taylor had faded by the time her 1993 album Soul Dancing was released. That was her final album for Arista. You can get all her hits on this budget comp. Since then she has recorded occasionally and also done some acting on TV series like Nightman and Rude Awakening. She has also turned up on reality shows like CMT's Gone Country. Her most recent CD of new music was released in 2008 but she has recorded several live CDs. I guess when I hear her I think of the bombastic 80s. I'm not sure that is a good thing. Here's the video for Tell It To My Heart by Taylor Dayne.