Pages in category "Eurodisco groups"
The following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. ABBA – ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, ABBAs record sales figure is uncertain and various estimates range from over 140 to over 500 million sold records. This makes them one of the music artists. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK, the group also enjoyed significant success in Hispanic American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish. During the bands active years, Fältskog & Ulvaeus and Lyngstad & Andersson were married and these relationship changes were reflected in the groups music, with later compositions featuring more introspective and dark lyrics in contrast to their usual pure-pop sound. After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. Several films, notably Muriels Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, further revived public interest in the group, in 1999, ABBAs music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia. that toured worldwide. A film of the name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song Dancing Queen was inducted into the Recording Academys Grammy Hall of Fame, in 2016, the members of ABBA announced an upcoming project in 2017. Benny Andersson became a member of a popular Swedish pop-rock group, the Hep Stars, the Hep Stars were known as the Swedish Beatles. They also set up Hep House, their equivalent of Apple Corps, Andersson also had a fruitful songwriting collaboration with Lasse Berghagen, with whom he wrote his first Svensktoppen entry, Sagan om lilla Sofie, in 1968. Björn Ulvaeus also began his career at 18, when he fronted The Hootenanny Singers. Ulvaeus started writing English-language songs for his group, and even had a solo career alongside. The Hootenanny Singers and The Hep Stars sometimes crossed paths while touring, in June 1966, Ulvaeus and Andersson decided to write a song together. Their first attempt was Isnt It Easy to Say, a song recorded by The Hep Stars. Stig Anderson was the manager of The Hootenanny Singers and founder of the Polar Music label and he saw potential in the collaboration, and encouraged them to write more
2. Akcent – Akcent is a multi-certified, award-winning Romanian dance pop act whose members sing in Romanian, English, Polish and Spanish. The group was created by Adrian Sînă, and Ramona Barta and their first single Nu-mi pasă de nimeni got positive reactions from critics and became the reason Catalin Muraru signed them to Roton in 1999. They released their debut album Senzatzia in 2000, except for the first track Ultima vara which received some airplay, the album was a commercial failure and the band disbanded. Soon after, Sina brought Marius Nedelcu, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei into the group and they came to prominence once with the release of their hit single Ti-am promis. The climax of the career was the international release of their breakthrough single Kylie. The song reached peak position in many European charts and fared well enough in countries such as the Netherlands, the band even participated in the Selecția Națională, with hopes of representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest. They united with pop singer Nicoleta Matei and entered the song Jockero, nevertheless, it became one of their number-one singles on the Romanian Top 100. They continued to see success all through the late 2000s and early 2010s, born and raised in Baia Mare, Maramureș Adrian Claudiu Sînă formed the band in 1998. Back then, it was just him and singer Ramona Barta, the two sent their debut single to nationwide mainstream radio stations as early as 1999. The song Ultima vara managed to reach the top-twenty of many airplay charts, the duo also released a studio album titled Senzatia. The album didn’t do well and Barta split from Sînă, the duo changed into a boyband when Sina introduced Marius Nedelcu, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei to the group. Their debut album În culori was released in Romania on January 10,2002 and they rose to fame instantly when Ti-am promis reached the summit of the Romanian Top 100 during winter 2001. The album also one of the most successful albums in the countrys recent history. It received a Gold certification within three weeks, some months later, it was eventually certified Platinum by the Uniunea Producătorilor de Fonograme din România. During this time, they won multiple MTV Romania Music Awards as well, in 2003, the band released their third studio album,100 BPS. It’s title refers to the intensity of heartbeat during a kiss and it included their number-one single Buchet the trandafiri. Their fourth album, Poveste de viata was also a success for the phenomenonal band. They reached the zenith of their success with the release of their studio album S. O. S. and it became their signature song and hit number-one in Romania, both digitally and in airplay
3. Baccara – Baccara was a female vocal duo formed in 1977 by Spanish artists Mayte Mateos and María Mendiola. The pair rapidly achieved success with their debut single Yes Sir, I Can Boogie. A successful follow-up single and European tour led to a number of releases, numerous television appearances. During the 1990s New Baccara was renamed back to Baccara, as a consequence both Mateos and Mendiola now head different duos with the same name, both principals have subsequently had prolonged but separate legacy careers based on nostalgia and their earlier fame. Mendiolas Baccara has seen more international recognition, releasing a string of Hi-NRG club hits such as Fantasy Boy and Touch Me in the late 1980s and the later UK club hit Wind Beneath My Wings. Mayte Mateos graduated as a teacher from the Royal Spanish Academy for Arts, Drama and Dance in Madrid, while there she met fellow performer María Mendiola. In 1976 the two formed a singing and dancing duo and left the Ballet Company. Initially the duos act was simply that of variety show dancers, Mateos and Mendiola relocated to the Canary Islands in search of work. Here they found there was an audience for the performance of traditional Spanish music. He invited them to Hamburg in order for them to meet the 30‑year‑old Dutch producer/composer Rolf Soja, Soja was the prime mover behind what became Baccara. He developed their performance and recruited their instrumental support. Mateos and Mendiola were retitled Baccara, after the name of the black rose, Soja is generally credited with the Baccara formula—consisting of breathy lyrics, lush backing, a disco beat and the striking image of two women dancing. While drawing lightly on Spanish flamenco song and dance tradition, the formula was very much rooted in 1970s disco music, sojas song arrangements generally used Mateos as the lead singer while Mendiola contributed backing and refrains. Together with fellow writer Frank Dostal, Soja penned their début single Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and most of their other 1970s hits. Recorded in the Netherlands and released in 1977, Yes Sir, the song was heard everywhere over the summer of 1977 and it is still evocative of that moment in time. Baccara sold more than 16 million copies of Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and they were the first female duo to reach number one in the UK, and had the only number one by a Spanish artist in the UK until Julio Iglesias, four years later. Later that year an album, written and produced by Soja. The album Baccara was the first platinum selling album - actually double platinum in 1978 - by a group in Finland
4. Bad Boys Blue – Bad Boys Blue are a multinational pop group that was formed in Cologne, Germany. The group performed many hits including Youre a Woman, Pretty Young Girl, I Wanna Hear Your Heartbeat. Bad Boys Blue was formed in the summer of 1984 by German producer Tony Hendrik, the original trio consisted of Jamaican Trevor Supa T Taylor, Briton John McInerney, and American Andrew Thomas. In My Car failed to make an impression in the pop charts but the follow-up Youre a Woman was a success, the group became massively popular in Eastern Europe and South Africa, with the band performing to sell-out crowds in Russia and Ukraine. In contrast, the group never charted in the UK, and their only charting U. S. singles were Save Your Love and those singles were from two of their albums that were released stateside, Bad Boys Blue and To Blue Horizons. The group has experienced numerous line-up changes, in 1988, Trevor Taylor left the group a year after being gradually demoted from his role of the lead singer. He was asked to rejoin the group the year just for recording sessions for the Hungry for Love single that was to be featured on the groups first compilation album Bad Boys Best. Trevor Taylors departure permanently secured John McInerneys position as the new lead vocalist. Trevor Taylor was replaced by Trevor Bannister, whose function in the group was mainly to perform Trevor Taylors hits in live gigs and it is during Bannisters tenure with the band that Bad Boys Blue began touring in Eastern Europe thus gaining much popularity there. Trevor Bannister left in 1993 and the two members performed as a duo. During its entire South African tour, the duo was joined by Owen Standing, who left the group shortly thereafter. At the end of 1999, Kevin McCoy replaced Irmo Russel by joining Bad Boys Blue full-time after being the rapper since 1998. However, in 2005, Kevin McCoy rejoined Andrew Thomas Bad Boys Blue line-up, in 2005, McInerney and Thomas split under less than amicable circumstances. Andrew Thomas formation of the band was named The Real Bad Boys Blue and their shows were based on the full playback including original music produced by original producers, lead vocals by John McInerney and backing vocals by studio session singers. Trevor Taylor, the lead singer of Bad Boys Blue. Bad Boys Blue, in May 2008, released a new album called Heart & Soul with 13 new original songs. The album was supported by the release of two maxi-singles, Still in Love and Queen of my Dreams, in May 2009 this formation resumed cooperation with its original label, Coconut Music, in addition to working with its current production team. The Real Bad Boys Blue, in June 2008, experienced significant changes in personnel and this formation was essentially split in two when Herb McCoy left the group to continue performing solo, but under his own name, using his own versions of some Bad Boys Blue songs
5. La Bionda – La Bionda is an Italian musical duo formed by the brothers Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda. They are considered pioneers of the Italo disco music genre, Carmelo and Michelangelo La Biondas family was originally from Sicily but they grew up in Milan. They debuted as songwriters with Primo sole, primo fiore, a piece the pop band Ricchi e Poveri presented at the Song Festival in Venice in 1970. They also wrote Neve bianca, Amica, Gentile se vuoi for the Italian female singer Mia Martini, Michelangelo La Bionda also did some session work. In 1975 he played guitar on the album Volume VIII by Fabrizio De André. Between 1973 and 1975 La Bionda recorded two albums of acoustic ballads, Fratelli La Bionda srl and Tutto va bene, Tutto va bene was recorded at the Apple Studios in London, and features Nicky Hopkins on piano. La Bionda became popular when they turned to disco music and they moved to Munich, when they started recording under the pseudonym D. D. Sound, a moniker that would accompany them for their entire recording career. Their first two singles, Disco Bass and Burning Love, became international hits. They were followed by Cafè and 1,2,3,4 Gimme Some More, in 1978, they released their album, La Bionda. It included Sandstorm and There for Me, as well as the worldwide hit One For You, There for Me was subsequently covered by other artists, including Sarah Brightman & Josh Groban, Dalida, Patty Pravo and Paul Potts. Jonathan Kings cover version of One for You, One for Me reached the 29 spot in the UK charts at the end of 1978, from 1978 to 1981, La Bionda continued to record more dance music, either under their name or as D. D. Sound. Following the 1980s, La Bionda focused on writing, producing and publishing music, in 2009, they re-recorded 1,2,3,4. Gimme Some More for a Vodafone commercial and One For You, in parallel, in 1983 they began their collaboration with the dance duo Righeira, writing their early hits Vamos a la playa and No Tengo Dinero. In 1984, Carmelo La Bionda recorded a single as solo artist, I Love You/Youre So Fine have been sampled by American Band Neon Indian. In 1985 La Bionda founded and started operating Logic Studios, a studio in Milan. 1980 - I Wanna Be Your Lover,1998 - In Between 2013 - Come Back to My Life 1977 - Disco Delivery 1977 - 1-2-3-4 Gimme Some More. 1978 - Cafè1979 - The Hootchie Cootchie
6. Blue System – Blue System was a German pop group that was founded by Dieter Bohlen in 1986 after the break-up of Modern Talking. The group consisted of Dieter Bohlen, and hired backstage musicians Rolf Köhler, Michael Scholz, Detlef Wiedeke, on stage, Joachim Vogel, Jeanne Dupuy and Frank Otto, Nadja Abd el Farrag. In 1988 Frank Otto was replaced by Michel Rollin, after that in 1991 a new keyboardist joined for live shows - Achim Strieben. In tv shows and videos he was replaced by Friedrich Graner who remained a part of the group until the break-up in 1998, in 1992 Dirk Sauer, Rene Engelman and Wolfgang Fritsch joined the group, while Joachim Vogel left. The group released 22 video clips from their repertoire and most of these were aired in Europe. Blue System also had concert performances within Germany and Russia during the late 80s
7. Boney M. – Boney M. is a Euro-Caribbean vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. The group was formed in 1976 and achieved popularity during the era of the late 1970s. Since the 1980s, various line-ups of the band have performed with different personnel, German singer-songwriter Frank Farian recorded the dance track Baby Do You Wanna Bump in December 1974. Farian sang the repeated line Do you do you wanna bump. in a voice as well as performing the high falsetto chorus. When the record was released as a single, it was credited to Boney M. a pseudonym Farian had created for himself after watching the Australian detective show Boney, I turned on the TV one day and it was the end of a detective series. I just caught the credits and it said Boney, nice name, I thought – Boney, Boney, Boney. Boney M. Boney, Boney, Boney M, after a slow start, the song became a hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. It was then that Farian decided to hire performers to front the group for TV performances, the Katja Wolfe booking agency found model-turned-singer Maizie Williams and her Jamaican singer friend Sheyla Bonnick for him, along with a dancer known only as Mike for the first gigs. Also during 1975, a girl named Nathalie joined but was replaced by Jamaica-born Claudja Barry. Then Bonnick and Mike left, and Maizie Williams brought in Bobby Farrell, singer Marcia Barrett joined the group, which then went through another change in line-up when Claudja Barry left in February 1976 to pursue a solo career as a disco singer. Finally Liz Mitchell, former member of the Les Humphries Singers, the line-up was finalised with Liz Mitchell, Maizie Williams, Marcia Barrett, and Bobby Farrell. Boney M. s first album, Take the Heat off Me, was released in 1976. It contained tracks that Marcia Barrett had already recorded with Farian, including the track and Lovin or Leavin. The albums commercial performance was initially lukewarm, however, the group rigorously toured discos, clubs and even country fairs to earn a reputation for themselves. The groups big break came when, at the end of summer 1976, Boney M. appeared on the live music show on 18 September 1976, after 10 pm and in their daring stage costumes, where they performed the song Daddy Cool. The song quickly went to no.1 in Germany, with the following the success of the single. Another single, Sunny gave the group their second no.1 hit, the groups popularity had also grown throughout Europe, with Daddy Cool reaching no.1 in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Austria. Both singles were also Top 10 hits in the UK, which would one of their biggest markets