Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop Vol. 2: 33 International Hitmakers Discuss Their Careers

Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop Vol. 2: 33 International Hitmakers Discuss Their Careers


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Beginning early in the 1980s, dance-pop music artists in Europe and the UK ignited a high energy firestorm that burned across international borders. As exciting new beats flooded radio airwaves and filled the clubs, a generation of hitmakers got the world on its feet and brought people together as never before. In this book of original interviews, 33 celebrated singers, songwriters, producers and industry professionals who reached the top of the European, British and American charts during this era share personal memories of their lives, careers and unforgettable hits. They include Dutch remix master Ben Liebrand (“Lovely Day - The Sunshine Mix” by Bill Withers), Sven van Veen of MC Miker G & DJ Sven (“Holiday Rap”), Walter Werzowa of Edelweiss (“Bring Me Edelweiss”), Engelbert Humperdinck (Träumen Mit Engelbert LP), Helen Scott of The Three Degrees (“The Heaven I Need”), Marcus Gabler of O.K. (“OKAY!”), Lino Nicolosi of Valerie Dore (“The Night”), Tracy Spencer (“Run To Me”), Tony Esposito (“Kalimba De Luna”), Chaz Jankel (“Glad To Know You”), Kurt René Plisnier of Opus (“Live Is Life”), Jean-Pierre Morgand of Les Avions (“Nuit Sauvage”), Stedman Pearson of Five Star (“System Addict”), Lian Ross (“Fantasy”), Francesco Napoli (“Balla..Balla - Italian Hit Connection”), Precious Wilson, Judy Cheeks, Savage, producer Christian de Walden and more. Special commentary by Sandy Marton (“People From Ibiza”) and Christa Mikulski (General Director of ZYX Records).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543923131
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Series: Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop Series , #2
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JAMES ARENA is a New York-based author, host and commentator who has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, SiriusXM, Sky News (London) and other networks. He is the author of six-book series celebrating the lives and careers of over 200 international dance music artists across five decades. James is a former executive with Bertelsmann Entertainment (BMG) and a recipient of a G.E.M.A Foundation/City of Philadelphia award for preserving dance music history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword Sandy Marton xiii

Preface xix

Mario Aldini 1

Judy Cheeks 11

Debut De Soiree - Sacha Goëller 21

Christian de Walden 28

Edelweiss - Walter Werzowa 42

Engelbert - Engelbert Humperdinck 53

Tony Esposito 60

Five Star - Stedman Pearson 71

Pierluigi Giombini 84

Gold - Alain Llorca 93

José Hoebee 100

Chaz Jankel 109

Les Avions - Jean-Pierre Morgand 121

Ben Liebrand 132

Pedro Marin 149

MC Miker G & DJ Sven - Sven van Veen 157

Francesco Napoli 169

Okay - Marcus Gabler 183

Opus - Kurt René Plisnier 193

Carlos Pérez 203

Rondò Veneziano - Maestro Gian Piero Reverberi 210

Lian Ross - Josephine Heibel 222

Marco Sabiu 233

Savage - Roberto Zanetti 245

Silent Circle - Jürgen CC Behrens and Martin Tychsen 251

Tracy Spencer 260

The Three Degrees - Helen Scott 274

The Twins - Ronny Schreinzer 283

Valerie Dore - Lino Nicolosi 296

Precious Wilson 304

Afterword Christa Mikulski 319

Bonus Beats: Noteworthy albums 323

Index 337

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