Sunday, September 7, 2008

Regina

Regina (born Regina Richards on April 22, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York) was a female dance/pop singer from the '80s. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 1975 with a degree in theatre.

Regina started her musical career as part of the punk and new-wave music scenes in New York. In 1981, she released an album under the name Regina Richards and Red Hot on A&M Records followed by a solo single, "Deep Dreaming."

Initially, Regina wished to pursue success in the mainstream style as a songwriter with the idea that her work as a performer would remain in an alternative music vein.

She co-wrote the song, "Baby Love" with Stephen Bray (who was a frequent collaborator with Madonna). Regina wanted someone else to sing the song, but her record label, Atlantic Records told her to sing the song herself.
In 1986, "Baby Love" became Regina's first single and became a hit, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #30 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for 2 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #58 on the U.K. Singles chart.
During that same year, Regina released her debut album, "Curiosity" which peaked at #102 on the Billboard 200.
The follow-up single, "Beat of Love" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single, "Head On" made some impact on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, but it's unknown how it charted. In 1987, Regina took part in an anti-drug public service announcement with McGruff the Crime Dog.
In 1988, Regina released the single, "Extraordinary Love" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. Her second album "Best Kept Secret" was planned, but never released.

In 1990, she released the single, "Track You Down" on Centurion Records, but it made no impact on the charts and after that, it seemed as if she faded into obscurity.

These days, Regina (who goes by the name Regina Lee) is married to a pediatric neurosurgeon & resides in Austin, Texas with her four kids.

To see the music video for "Baby Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i7f-Fv4X24

To see a video of Regina performing "Beat of Love" live, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQAU43jh8kc

To see a fan-made video for "Head On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=967t5CDaovs

To see a fan-made video for "Extraordinary Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZoZLxPQqT0

To see a fan-made video for "Track You Down," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swg7N_SEqOI


[updated on 03/09/13]

1 comment:

pas said...

you cant get baby love on itunes