Hazell Dean

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Hazell Dean

Whatever I do, wherever I go, I’m never getting over Hazell Dean. But I still don’t know who’s leaving who. Can you tell me?

Hazell Dean. THE Queen of Hi-NRG music. I bet you can name at least three of her smash hit singles! They’re still being played and enjoyed today as they were over thirty years ago.

She’s been recording music since the mid 1970’s, but it was the 80’s that sealed Hazell Dean’s place in music history, with her catchy, upbeat pop/dance numbers that delighted teenagers and young adults growing up during that decade.

After a number on non-starters, Hazell first broke the chart in 1983 with “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man)” which reached the dizzy heights of No.76 in the UK. The single would be re-released the following year and reached a new high of No.6, as well as charting across Europe. Following hot on the heals of “Seachin” was “Evergreen” which did slightly better in reaching No.63 in the UK. After “Searchin”s second and more successful release in 1984, the hits started to roll. “Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)” went further, reaching No.4 in the UK and again proving a massive hit across Europe.

For the next few years, Hazell seemed to be denyed chart success, with her singles “Back In My Arms (Once Again)”, “No Fool (For Love)” and “They Say It’s Gonna Rain” all stalling just short of the UK Top 40. Although “They Say It’s Gonna Rain” did top the chart in South Africa!

She would have to wait till 1988 to regain her place in our affections, returning with the massive hit “Who’s Leaving Who?”, which equalled “Whatever I Do”s UK chart high of No.4, as well as becoming her highest charting single across Europe.

She returned that Summer with “Maybe (We Should Call It A Day)” (she does likes song titles in brackets, doesn’t she!) which reached No.15 in the UK and made the chart in Germany and Switzerland.

And that Autumn released “Turn It Into Love”, a track from Kylie’s multi-platinum debut album. Hazell’s version would make No.21 in the UK and No.30 in Switzerland.

The hits died off at the end of the 80’s. Since then, Hazell has continued to record and release music. Her singles “Love Pains” (1989), “Better Off Without You” (1991) and “Power And Passion” (1994) charted in the lower depths of the UK singles chart. She even recorded her version of ABBA’s mighty hit “The Winner Takes It All” in 1996 and took it to No.82 in the UK charts! Her “Greatest Hits” album of 1996 (Spotify below), however, is such a joy to listen to and to worship all that is great about Hazell Dean again (and again!).

Hazell has never stopped making live appearances and touring. She has been a headline act at this years Let’s Rock 80’s Retro festival across the UK.

Hazell Dean

Stay in touch with Hazell through her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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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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