Saturday, October 17, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of the Day-Nicki French

Artist:Nicki French
Song:Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Album:Unstoppable 90s

Of course most music fans know that Total Eclipse of the Heart topped the charts for Bonnie Tyler in 1982. This 1995 dance cover of the song by British singer Nicki French was a top five hit. It was her only hit in North America though she is still active in England. She was born Sept. 26, 1964 in Carlisle, Cumbria, England. She was a backup and session singer in the 80s. Stock Aitken Waterman were a very successful dance music production team. Their first big success was Bananarama. They also produced Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer and plenty of others. In 1991, Matt Aitken was burned out and quit. Then Pete Waterman and Mike Stock split up in 1993. Stock started Love This Records and Nicki French was his first signing. Stock reunited with Aitken. At first, Nicki didn't like the idea of recording a dance version of Total Eclipse of the Heart. She thought it was too big of a hit. But she did record it and Stock heard it and decided to record a new version and he even recorded a third version which was the version that was a big hit. In that third version, the first verse was a straight cover and then the dance beats kicked in with the second verse. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a huge hit on the dance charts. The album Secrets was released in 1995 and it did OK. Total Eclipse of the Heart was her only big hit. A cover of For All We know was a modest hit in England. Secrets is still available on CD. But you can get Total Eclipse of the Heart on this K-Tel various artists budget comp. I don't usually recommend K-Tel releases but they are OK for this kind of music. Nicki continues to record occasionally. She released a CD this year. And she has appeared on British TV and on the stage. You may have seen her on the 2003 ABC TV special The Disco Ball: A 30 Year Celebration. But in North America she is a one hit wonder. Here's the video for Total Eclipse of the Heart by Nicki French.

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