La Bouche at Sunshine Live Die 90er (Live on Stage) - 2018 Mannheim, Germany
|Genres||Eurodance, house, Techno, pop, dance|
|Labels||Hansa Records, RCA|
|Le Click, Melanie Thornton|
La Bouche is a famous eurodance-dance-pop duo formed in 1994 by German record producer Frank Farian and produced by Techno DJ Ulli Brenner and producer Amir Saraf. The act is best known worldwide for the crossover hits "Be My Lover," "Sweet Dreams," "Fallin' in Love," "I Love to Love," and "Tonight is the Night." La Bouche originally consisted of American singer Melanie Thornton and American rapper/singer Lane McCray. When Thornton departed the act in 2000 to begin her solo career, singer Natasha Wright was briefly brought into the act as her replacement. The single "All I Want" was released in 2000 featuring McCray and Wright, but it failed to chart and ultimately became a major commercial failure.
In 2001,Thornton died in a tragic plane crash near Zürich, Switzerland. As a tribute to the singer, Farian released "In Your Life," an unreleased song featuring vocals recorded earlier with Thornton. Due to the commercial failure of "All I Want" and the tragedy surrounding Thornton's death, La Bouche went on hiatus in 2002. Farian later decided to release a compilation album in 2003 featuring remixes of Thornton's biggest La Bouche hits.
In 2007, McCray revived La Bouche and initially began touring with American singer Dana Rayne up until 2014. Since 2015, he has continued to tour worldwide as La Bouche with a number of different female vocalists including Le Click singer Kayo Shekoni. McCray has also reinvented La Bouche from previously being a rapper-singer duo act to now being a singing duet. By taking on the lead singing role in the act, McCray now harmonizes with his singers when performing the La Bouche hits live on stage. In addition to singing, McCray still performs the rap verses from the hits as well.
In 2016, McCray selected Hungarian-born singer Sophie Cairo to be the new official singer of the act. A new official remix titled "Sweet Dreams 2017" was released featuring vocals from McCray and Cairo. According to the official facebook page and website, new La Bouche songs will arrive in 2018.
Primarily produced by longtime friend, Frankfurt-based techno DJ Ulli Brenner, their debut single "Sweet Dreams (Ola Ola E)" caught the attention of producer Frank Farian, the mastermind of the infamous 1980s duo Milli Vanilli, when Thornton recorded it and found work in studios recording demos. It was released in 1994 and was a pan-European and Australian hit. Years later, it was revealed that the rapper featured on the track was not McCray, but was actually Robert Haynes, who would later join Le Click. McCray provided vocals on every other La Bouche song. It was followed by "Be My Lover" in 1995, which peaked at number one in Germany and Sweden, while also reaching the Top 10 in fourteen European countries. It also peaked at number 27 in 1995 and number 25 in 1996 in the UK Singles Chart when re-issued in that year. "Be my lover" went to number 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1995 and climbed to number 6 on the Hot 100 in early 1996. It was then re-released in the UK and reached a new peak of number 25. It went on to win the ASCAP award for the "Most Played Song in America", and sold 6 million copies worldwide. La Bouche went on to become one of the biggest Eurodance groups of the '90s, with a string of hits worldwide. The debut album Sweet Dreams was released on June 12, 1995, which went to number 13 in the U.S., featured two more hit single releases, "Fallin' in Love" (a cover of the 1975 Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds song) and "I Love to Love".
While still with the group, Thornton had some American chart success as featured vocalist on the Le Click hit "Tonight is the Night", which reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was included on the U.S. version of La Bouche's debut album, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum by the RIAA and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. Thornton provided guest vocals on a lot of dance projects on single releases such as on Orange Blue's "If You Wanna Be (My Only)", Comic's "I Surrender to Your Love", 100%'s "Power of the Light", Trance-Vision's "Take Me 2 Heaven 2 Nite" and Men Behind's "How Can I".
A remix album called All Mixed Up was released in 1996. Their second studio album, S.O.S. was released in 1996, with A Moment of Love being the album title for the European version, preceded by the singles "Forget Me Nots", a cover of the Patrice Rushen song, "Bolingo (Love Is in the Air)", which only appears on the U.S. album version and followed by the singles "You Won't Forget Me", "A Moment of Love" and "S.O.S.", being minor to moderate hits in Europe. "You Won't Forget Me" was released in 1998 and reached number 48 on the Hot 100. One highlight on A Moment of Love was a bonus track, a cover version of the Elton John song "Candle in the Wind" in a gospel version which features guest vocalists Joan Faulkner, Christin Sargent, Freda Goodlett, Rejime, The Jackson Singers, Ma Belle and label mates No Mercy, which only appears on the European album version.
Next to La Bouche, Thornton still provided guest vocals on singles such as Orange Blue's "Sunshine of my Life" and "Runaway" and 100%'s "The Way It Is", which led Thornton in February 2000 to leave La Bouche to pursue a full solo career. During this time, Thornton as a solo singer was climbing the German charts with her hit "Love How You Love Me". Towards the end of 2001, Thornton was asked to record "Wonderful Dream (Holidays are Coming)" for a Coca-Cola Christmas TV commercial to be shown on German television. While promoting it, and a re-release of her solo album Ready to Fly, she was killed in a plane crash near Zurich on November 24, 2001. After her death, the single went on to become her biggest solo hit, reaching number 3 on the German singles chart.
In April 2002, Farian compiled songs from Thornton's solo album along with selections from the first and second La Bouche albums into a best of collection entitled Best Of billed as 'La Bouche feat. Melanie Thornton'. In November 2002, one year following Thornton's death, Farian prepared a tribute single entitled "In Your Life", a song which was previously unreleased. Farian combined her vocals with Kayo Shekoni's vocals from Le Click, a band which Thornton also provided guest vocals for, who completed the song with additional vocals. The single was released worldwide in 2002 and in the U.S. in 2003. It peaked at number 9 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
On December 1, 2003, Thornton's first remix compilation album, Memories - Her Most Beautiful Ballads was released, which also includes new ballad versions of La Bouche songs such as "Sweet Dreams" and "Fallin' in Love". In 2007, the second La Bouche compilation called Greatest Hits was released along with a 3-track EP, released on iTunes under the name 'Le Click' titled Let's Click: 90's Dance Classics. These are 3 tracks from the S.O.S./A Moment of Love album recording sessions that didn't make the final cut.
In 2007, McCray revived La Bouche after a 5 year hiatus. He initially began touring with American singer Dana Rayne up until 2014. Since 2015, he has continued to tour worldwide as La Bouche with a number of different female vocalists including Shekoni from Le Click. McCray has also reinvented the act from being a rapper-singer duo to now being a singing duet. By taking on Thornton's role as lead singer, McCray now harmonizes the La Bouche hits with his singers while also performing rap lyrics from the hits. Hungarian-born singer Sophie Cairo was chosen by McCray to be the official new singer of the act in 2016. An official remix titled "Sweet Dreams 2017" was released featuring vocals from McCray and Cairo in 2017. According to the official facebook page, new La Bouche songs will arrive in 2018.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Info|
||10||9||2||41||26||6||29||2||28||Debut studio album by La Bouche. This album features the singles "Sweet Dreams (Ola Ola E)", "Be My Lover", "Fallin' in Love" and "I Love to Love"|
||--||--||21||--||--||--||--||40||194||Second and final studio album by La Bouche with Thornton as lead vocalist. Previously released in February 9, 1998 in Europe retitled as "A Moment of Love" excluding "Bolingo (Love Is in the Air)" and including bonus track "Candle in the Wind"|
|"--" denotes studio albums that did not chart.|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1994||"Sweet Dreams (Ola Ola E)"||63||13||8||8||13||3||1||5||15||32||31||Sweet Dreams|
|1995||"Be My Lover"||27||6||1||2||1||3||2||5||18||7||3|
|"Fallin' in Love"||43||--||13||39||19||13||--||13||4||24||15|
|"I Love to Love"||--||--||21||6||42||19||--||--||18||27||30||
|1996||"Forget Me Nots"||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||S.O.S.|
|"Bolingo (Love Is in the Air)"||--||--||26||--||23||19||--||15||15||--||--|
|1997||"You Won't Forget Me"||--||48||29||80||24||--||--||--||18||28||--|
|1998||"A Moment of Love"||--||--||100||--||--||--||--||--||18||--||--|
|2000||"All I Want"||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||Single only|
|2002||"In Your Life"||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||Best of|
|"--" denotes singles that did not chart.|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1996||"Be My Lover" (Remix)||25||Sweet Dreams|
|"Sweet Dreams (Ola Ola E)" (Remix)||44|
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