What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 11, 2011 -
version of "My Way"
("Comme d'Habitude", Frank Sinatra's version was a cover) was written by Claude Francois
, AKA "CloClo"
. Somewhere between a French Wayne Newton and Elvis, he died when he was taking a bath, saw a lightbulb had gone out, and tried to replace it while standing in water, completing the circuit. Some of his hit songs include: Belinda
Belles Belles Belles (cover of
"Girls Girls Girls")
, Si J'avais un
Marteau (if I had a Hammer)
Bonhomme (French country, cover of Johnny Cash's "Dirty Dan")
, Le Disco est Francais
His scantily clad female backup dancers, called the
"Claudettes" or Clodettes
, were the inspiration for the Solid Gold dancers and had
their own short-lived solo spinoff career where they tried to cash in on the
kung-fu + disco
posted by destro
on Aug 1, 2010 -