Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mai Tai

Mai Tai (named after a tropical cocktail drink) is a Dutch female music trio from Amsterdam, Netherlands that consisted of Jettie Wells, Carolien de Windt and Mildred Douglas.

They formed in 1983 by Dutch record producers Eric van Tijn and Jochem Fluitsma. Even though the trio were popular in their homeland, they managed to have moderate success in the United States during the 80s.
The trio's first single "Keep On Dancin'" was only a hit in the Dutch nightclubs and didn't appear to make any major music charts.
In the summer of 1984, their second single "What Goes On" peaked at #24 on the Dutch Top 40 chart.
Mai Tai's third single "Body and Soul" peaked at #23 on the Dutch Top 40 chart and #9 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Their fourth single "Am I Losing You Forever" peaked at #24 on the Dutch Top 40 chart and #78 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In early 1985, Mai Tai released their self-titled debut album which won a Dutch Edison Award and a Silver Harp Award. The album peaked at #91 on the U.K. Albums chart.
They scored a hit with the single "History" which peaked at #9 on the Dutch Top 40 chart, #8 on the U.K. Singles chart, #109 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #37 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song was also successful in New Zealand and Australia.
The follow-up single "What, Where, When, Who" managed to peak at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1986, Mai Tai released their sophomore album, "1 Touch 2 Much." It's unknown how or if the album made the charts. The title song managed to peak at #45 on the Dutch Top 40 chart.
The second single from the album "Female Intuition" peaked at #12 on the Dutch Top 40 chart, #54 on the U.K. Singles chart, #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #49 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. The song also reached the Top 40 in Europe and Top 10 in Denmark.
The third single from the album "Turn Your Love Around" was moderately successful as well, peaking at #12 on the Dutch Top 40 chart.
In 1987, the trio released their third album "Cool is the Rule" which  didn't appear to make the charts at all.
The first single from the album "Bet That's What You Say" peaked at #26 on the Dutch Top 40 chart. The follow-up single "Fight Fire With Fire" peaked at #30 on the Dutch Top 40 chart.
In 1988, Mai Tai released the single "Dance In the Light" which failed to make the Dutch Top 40, peaking at #88 on the charts in the Netherlands.
During that same year, they released their greatest hits compliation album. After that, Mai Tai disbanded.

Jetty released a few solo singles in 1989 and 1990 under the name "Oscare." Mildred released a solo album entitled "Face One" in 1990.

In 1993, Jetty and Carolien reunited Mai Tai with new member Lisa Noya. Over the next few years, they released moderately successful euro-house music singles, but broke up again in 1996.

In 2001, Mai Tai occasionally reformed for various performances (sometimes with Mildred). In 2004, they participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with new member Marjorie Lammerts. As a result of that, the trio recorded and released several singles in Dutch and English.
In 2007, the trio released the single "100% voce" which managed to peak at #24 on the Dutch Top 40 chart.
In 2007, Mai Tai released their fourth album "Onder Voorbehoud" on Haring Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.

The single "Bijna" missed the Dutch Top 40 chart and after that, Mai Tai split up for the third time. Marjorie went on to have some success as a solo artist under the name "BYentl."

In 2010, Jettie re-recorded and released a remix of "Body and Soul" and enlisted two new members, Maureen Pengel and Edna Proctor.

They later released a new version of the Pointer Sisters' song "Automatic" and began touring in 2011.

To see the music video for "Female Intuition," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ_uT2fQNQ4

To see the music video for "Turn Your Love Around," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM28IBRWf-o

To see a video of Mai Tai performing "Body and Soul" on Top of the Pops, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN736Uu4MJY

To see the music video for "History," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTd0kpEYVRc

To see a fan-made music video for "Am I Losing You Forever," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBz-iDjoa_0

To see a fan-made video for "What Goes On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raORbVN5FTU




[updated on 05/31/13]

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