There were so many men and so little time for Miquel Brown. So few hits in the shadow of her daughter…
Singer Michael Brown (b.1945) was born in Canada but relocated to the UK in the early 1970’s to pursue a stage and singing career along with her twin daughters Greta and Sinitta. Taking the stage name Miquel Brown, she found work in the West End and also on the big screen taking a small, uncredited role in the 1975 futuristic film ‘Rollerball’. It was while she was on stage in 1976 that Miquel was hunted as a singer and signed to Shack Records. The following year she released her debut single, “First Time Around”. Miquel would never achieve a UK top 40 charting single or album throughout her career but did score a number of ‘hits’ on the US Dance chart beginning with “Symphony Of Love”, her second single, in early 1978. “Symphony Of Love” was also the title of her debut album, which featured a second US Dance chart hit, “Dancin’ With The Lights Down Low”.
Miquel went back to the stage and films soon after gaining a role in the first ‘Superman’ film in 1978 but in 1983 she was back with a new album, “Manpower”, which produced three more US Dance chart entries with “Beeline”, “He’s A Saint, He’s A Sinner” and what would become her best known song, “So Many Men, So Little Time”, which peaked at No.2 on the US Dance chart but only made it to No.88 on the UK single sales chart. Miquel achieved two further low charting songs in the UK in 1985 with “Black Leather” and “Close To Perfection”, the title track of her third studio album. Miquel released a few more singles in the 1980’s before returning to her first love, the stage. By now her daughter Sinitta was riding high in the UK charts with “So Macho” (UK No.2). Miquel could be seen on the London stage in Only In America, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and numerous other musicals and productions as well as popping up on British TV and also a stint as one of The Three Degrees while Helen Scott took time out to give birth.
Meanwhile, it was Sinitta who was dominating the charts with top ten hits like “Toy Boy”, “Cross My Broken Heart” and “Right Back Where We Started From“. The 1990’s saw Miquel appear in films with Halle Berry and Meg Ryan and continue to record and release singles on independent labels and carried on well into the 00’s with film appearances with Glenn Close and Emma Thompson along with the original London stage show of Menopause: The Musical! Miquel’s most recent film was ‘Executioner 2’ in 2016, while it has been some time since she last set foot in a recording studio. Miquel is a fan of social media and keeps us all updated on her whereabouts and appearances with Sinitta on a regular basis.
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