Dina Carroll Perfect year

VIEWS: 1993 – Dina’s Perfect Year

Twenty five years ago: Some songs are just too good to be Christmas number one…

…and Dina Carroll’s Christmas 1993 release “The Perfect Year” is one of them!

Dina Carroll The Perfect Year

What a perfect song to end THE perfect year for British soul diva and songwriter Dina Carroll. She had been crowned the most successful female artist of the year with four chart hit singles and her multi Platinum debut album that was also the years biggest selling album by a female singer. And Christmas 1993 saw the release of “The Perfect Year”, a song from the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Sunset Boulevard, that Dina recorded and took into the chart.

When you’re up against the likes of Take That with “Babe” and Noel Edmonds mate Mr Blobby with his self titled eulogy, how could Dina compete? Nevertheless, she climbed into the top five that year and was for her fans at any rate, their Christmas number one, with a saxophone middle-eight and a genuine feel of Christmas at the end to an incredible year for everyone.

1993 began with the release of “So Close“, Dina’s debut album that had already seen three UK top twenty singles precede it in 1992, “Ain’t No Man”, “Special Kind Of Love” and the gorgeous title track which was released in December 1992. “So Close” debuted at No.6 on the UK album chart and would spend the rest of the year flying up and down, quietly selling many hundreds of thousands of copies. Another outstanding soul ballad “This Time” was released just in time for Valentines day that year and that was followed by the dance floor filler “Express” in the Spring of 1993 that went to No.12 in the UK, her highest charted solo single yet.

The Autumn saw the sixth and final track from the album “Don’t Be A Stranger” released. The song had already gained a following as one of the best loved tracks on the album and now, re-recorded with a full orchestra and a new vocal soundtrack, became the biggest single release of all, spending two weeks at No.3 in October/November and becoming the 23rd biggest seller of the year. “So Close” finished the year as the third biggest selling album in the UK and would go on to dominate the chart into 1994 when it finally peaked (for four weeks) at No.2, selling over a million and a half copies in the UK alone.

“The Perfect Year” came as a surprise to many, but hardly unexpected as Dina had just completed the most extraordinary twelve months in her career yet. Having been a recording artist since the mid-1980’s, Dina had finally hit the big time. Recognition and commercial success for her outstanding voice and talent as a songwriter and performer. “So Close” would be a hard act to follow and fans would have to wait until the Autumn of 1996 for its follow up, but in that moment at Christmas 1993, Queen Dina was at the very top of her profession and celebrating with us all HER perfect year.

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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!