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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Spagna

“Call me, call me, baby baby call me now…do do do it” OK Ivana Spagna!

One of the most distinctive and biggest songs of 1987, “Call Me”, with its fanfare of trumpets was a massive hit all over Europe and later in America, but no sooner had she peaked, 32 year old Italian singer Ivana Spagna (pronounced Span-ya) fell off of the radar. Or did she…?

Spagna began as a backing singer in the 1970’s progressing to a songwriter in the 80’s, particularly with the Italian hit duo Fun Fun, but by 1985 she had had enough and wanted to record for herself. She released her debut single proper “Easy Lady” in 1986 which topped the Italian and Spanish singles chart as well as charting top ten across most of Europe, although it only managed No.62 in the UK.

She released her debut album “Dedicated To The Moon” in early 1987 and followed this with the second single “Call Me” which went top ten in over twenty countries around the world including a number two placing in Italy and the UK and would eventually make No.13 in America in 1988. The video was actually made in the UK at a nightclub in Nottingham and nearby Belvoir Castle!

“Dedicated To The Moon” was a sizeable hit across Europe and has sold over 500,000 copies to date. It spawned three further singles with the title track, “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “Sarah”, all of which were minor hits across mainland Europe. Spagna returned in 1988 with the album “You Are My Energy” and the single “Every Girl And Boy” which returned her to the top ten in Italy and Germany and made No.23 in the UK.

The album has sold over 100,000 copies to date and included the singles “I Wanna Be Your Wife” and “This Generation”. Spagna moved to the US to record her next album “No Way Out”, released in 1991, that included the singles “Only Words”, “Love At First Sight” and “There’s A Love”, written by none other than Diane Warren – someone who pops up quite frequently in talkaboutpopmusic.com articles!

Her 1993 album “Matter Of Time” included two Italian top ten hits “Why Me?” and “I Always Dream About You”. Her final hit came with “Lady Madonna” in 1995 and since then she has continued to record in her native Italian and has released a staggering fourteen albums since then, her most recent being “Four” in 2012. She released the single “D.A.N.C.E.” in 2016.

She has actually sold over ten million records worldwide and in 2006 this feat was honoured by the Italian Music Industry with Gold Career Certificate!

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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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