WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Dina Carroll – Part Two

Just what has happened to the biggest selling British female artist of the 1990’s?

With the enormous success of the previous 18 months, Dina wisely spent much of 1994 relaxing and taking time out. It was intended her follow up album would come in 1995 but A&M’s artist manager Howard Berman, who had signed Dina to the label, moved to Mercury Records. A&M were initially reluctant to release Dina from her contract, but eventually, a year later, Dina moved to Mercury. By then production on her second album was at an advanced stage, and that summer came the announcement everyone was waiting for!

Her ‘comeback’ single was “Escaping”, a song written by Barry Blue in 1989 for New Zealand singer Margaret Urlich which had been a minor hit for British girl group Asia Blue in 1992. Dina and Nigel Lowis rewrote almost all of the lyrical content of the song, which was release in September 1996, nearly three years on from last release for A&M. It entered the UK charts at No.3 and reaffirmed Dina’s place in the music world. The B side “Mind, Body And Soul” topped the club chart, continuing her unparalleled success in that market.

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Her long-overdue second album “Only Human” came that Autumn and was instantly received with overwhelming commendation. It matched the success of “So Close” by reaching No.2 in the UK, and was platinum certified there.

She released the title track as the second single that December which became her tenth consecutive top 40 hit in the UK. It was during the recording sessions for “Only Human” that Dina developed otosclerosis, a hereditary bone disease of the ear. She underwent treatment but ongoing problems continued to arise and no further singles were released, with the exception of the dance and club chart smash “Living For The Weekend”.

Dina spent the rest of 1997/98 concentrating on new material and released a new single “One, Two, Three” in late 1998, the lead track from her third studio album to be called “Dina Carroll”. The song reached No.16 in the UK. It was planned that her powerful version of “Son Of A Preacher Man” would be the next release, but this was shelved when Dusty Springfield died in early 1999.

Unhappy with much of the production, the album was postponed and underwent massive reproduction. Dina returned in the Summer of 1999 with a new look and sound, with the dance/club floorfiller “Without Love”, which reached No.13 in the UK.

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The next release was “Say You Love Me” in November, but just a few days prior to this, it too was scrapped. Her third album was eventually cancelled completely, and sadly, remains unreleased to this day.

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Dina re-emerged in 2001 with her “Very Best Of” that brought together all of her hits since “It’s Too Late” as well as some of the unreleased tracks from her third studio album, including the much anticipated “Son Of A Preacher Man”. The album reached No.15 in the UK and sold over 80,000 copies.

She also recorded Van Morrison’s classic “Someone Like You” which was released as a single and reached No.39 in the UK. It was also featured in the hit film ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ and on the smash hit soundtrack album.

And that was that. She has spent subsequent years raising a family, but in 2016 she made a triumphant return to the stage in a series of live shows labelled the “David Guest is alive not dead tour’. She also provided vocals on The Dig Band’s club tune “We Bring The Party”.

It is rumoured that Dina has reunited with Nigel Lowis and the pair are writing and recording for a new album. That is something none of us can wait for with more enthusiasm!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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