It’s almost the weekend for most. I’m off today and we’re celebrating Gretel’s birthday a few days early with a swim party. I’d better enjoy it because when I go back tomorrow, I work the next six days. So, let’s get motivated with three more obscure favorites of mine from the ’80s. Only one hit the top 40, but all three had huge success in the clubs.
Nancy Martinez — “For Tonight”
Canadian Nancy Martinez released her debut album, “Not Just The Girl Next Door” in 1986. Two songs from the album were big dance club hits, but neither hit the Billboard Hot 100 top forty.
“For Tonight”, a freestyle song, hit #2 for two weeks on the Billboard Dance charts. That was followed by the dance hit, “Move Out”.
Paul Lekakis — “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)” (2007 Remix Video — since there wasn’t an official video in 1987)
Greek-American single, actor, and model Paul Lekakis released the Italo-disco hit, “Boom Boom” in 1987. It became a smash in dance clubs across the world mostly due to the fantastic beat and the naughty lyrics. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #43.
Lekakis would release a full album, “Tattoo It” in 1990 with modest dance club success with the songs, “My House” and “You Blow Me Away”.
“Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)” was re-released in 2007 for its 20th anniversary and it charted again on the Billboard dance chart.
“Regina — Baby Love”
Brooklyn, New York singer Regina scored her only hit in 1986.
The song, “Baby Love” was written by Steve Bray and Regina Richards (Regina) for Madonna. When Madonna declined the song, Regina went ahead and recorded it and it was released as the first single from her album, “Curiosity”.
It hit #1 on the dance chart and then crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at #10. It also made the top 30 on Billboard’s R&B chart.
While Regina scored three more dance hits, she never hit the radio again with another song and a second album was never released.