Song:C'Est La Vie
Album:Big Hits Of The 80's
I'm sure most music fans recall the 1987 top five hit C'Est La Vie but don't know much about Robbie Nevil. The short version is that after his brief chart success, Nevil returned to writing and producing for others which he still does today. He was born Oct. 2, 1958 in Los Angeles and he played in local bands as a teen. Nevil signed a publishing deal in 1983 and several of his songs were recorded by others. His biggest hit at the time was Under The Influence by Vanity in 1986. Nevil wrote C'Est La Vie with Duncan Pain and Mark Holding. He had written other songs with them. The song was recorded by Gospel/R & B singer Beau Williams in 1985 who was on Capitol at the time. When Nevil signed a record deal with Capitol's Manhattan label, Nevil recorded his own version of C'Est La Vie. The album was produced by Alex Sadkin and Phil Thornalley. Sadkin worked for TK Records in the 70s so he had that dance music background. He died in a boating accident in 1987. Thornalley is a Brit who worked with The Cure before moving to the US to work with Sadkin. C'Est La Vie reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 mostly because of the video. British session musician Ian Ritchie played the sax solo. Dominoes and Wot's It To Ya were Nevil's other top 20 hits from his 1987 album Robbie Nevil. His 1988 album A Place Like This didn't do as well as the first one. And by the time he recorded Day 1 in 1991, Nevil was forgotten. It was his final album. There are no Robbie Nevil comps in print. But you can get C'Est La Vie on this Capitol Records various artists budget comp. Nevil returned to writing and producing for others. He has worked a lot for Disney especially on High School Musical and Hannah Montana. He has produced a new group Freddy's Dilemma for Tommy Boy. A single was released in June that seems to be the kind of dance pop Nevil likes to produce. The album is not out yet. Here's the video for C'Est La Vie by Robbie Nevil.