Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Samantha Fox

Touch Me

Samantha Karen "Sam" Fox was born April 15, 1966 in Mile End, London. She formed her first band at the age of fourteen. Her first record deal came a year later, with Lamborghini records. However, both her theatre and music careers went on hold when her modeling career took off.

In early 1983 sixteen-year-old Samantha Fox posed in her bedroom, wearing lingerie, while her mother Carole took pictures for The Sunday People newspaper's "Face and Shape of 1983" amateur modeling contest. Fox came joint runner-up in the contest, The Sunday People published her pictures, and a photographer from The Sun newspaper invited her for a photo shoot shortly afterwards. With the full support of her parents, Samantha Fox made her first topless appearance as The Sun's Page Three girl for Tuesday, February 22, 1983 and then won the Page Three Girl of the Year award for three consecutive years (1984-1986).

In the mid-1980s, she started a successful singing career, working with notable music producers such as Stock Aitken Waterman and Full Force. The above video, her debut single, "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)", released when she was just 20 years old, made the Top 10 in England and topped the charts in many countries. It was one of the biggest selling singles of the 1980s in Australia. Her good looks certainly helped her gain air time on MTV. Her debut live performance came at Peter Stringfellow's club Hippodrome. Fox had three Top 10 hits in both the United States and Britain. In Canada and the U.S., "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" and "I Wanna Have Some Fun" made the Top 10; whereas British audiences put "Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" into the Top 10. Her successful singing career resulted in Fox touring the world, including unusual places such as Bosnia, Russia, Ukraine and Siberia.

She made a come-back in 1991, releasing her fourth and final album for Jive Records, entitled, Just One Night. The album didn't garner much attention since it sounded very similar to other popular songs at the time. Fox was keen to move towards a rock-oriented direction, which is evident from such songs as "What You See Is What You Get", "Spirit Of America" and the Rock/Dance single, "Pleasure Zone." The record label, however, wanted a more Dance-pop heavy album like I Wanna Have Some Fun. This led to an inconsistent album. The only singles from the set that flirted with radio airplay were "Another Woman (Too Many People)", "Just One Night", and "Hurt Me! Hurt Me! (But The Pants Stay On)." In 1992, Jive released Samantha's first official compilation, Greatest Hits. It also features songs such as "Even In The Darkest Hour", the Pop-Metal song, "Giving Me A Hard Time" and a rock song called, "Hot Lovin".

In 1995, Fox attempted to revive her singing career again by participating in the "Song for Europe', the competition to select the UK's entry for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. She performed Go for the Heart as lead singer of the group Sox, but failed to reach Eurovision after finishing 4th in the public vote. In 1997, she released a new album 21st Century Fox. The album featured Eurodance & Hi-NRG music. The album was released in the U.S. a year later with the lead single, "Let Me Be Free." 21st. Century Fox became her first indie release. She also co-wrote and produced many of its tracks. Other singles from the album are Deeper and The Reason Is You. This is the album that made her a bigger favourite with her gay fanbase. In November 2005 Fox released her latest album, Angel with an Attitude, in Canada. For the album, she chose to work together with the award-winning producer Joe Barrucco.

Touch Me (1986)
Samantha Fox (1987)
I Wanna Have Some Fun (1988)
Just One Night (1991)
Greatest Hits (1992)
21st Century Fox (1998)
Watching You, Watching Me (2002)
Angel with an Attitude (2005)

External links
Official website

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

80's 90's & (20)00's : Samantha Fox!

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