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Black Box   (Italy)

EuroDance group
Added : 24/01/2000
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Remixland
Dreamland
2 + 2
2 + 2
Mixed Up
Remix Hits (Japan)
Party Mix (Japan)
Mixed Up 92
Positive Vibration (Japan)
Positive Vibration
Hits and Mixes
Ride On Time
I Don't Know Anybody Else
Everybody Everybody
Get Down
Fantasy
Ride On Time + The Total mix
Megamix
Bright On Time
Strike It Up
Open Your Eyes
Hold On
Rockin' To The Music
Ride On Time '94
Not Anyone
A Positive Vibration
I Got The Vibration
Native New Yorker
Fall Into My Love
Bright On Time '98
Ride On Time 2003
You Got The Love
Everybody Everybody 2007
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Latest Black Box news

21/03/2008 : Candy have done a cover of the Black Box classic Ride On Time. It's currently Top 20 on the danish dancechart (thanks to Anders Bøgh).

06/09/2007 : The Black Box hit that will be remixed by Benny Benassi and re-released will be Everybody Everybody (thanks to Tavi Meran)

30/08/2007 : More than 10 years after his brilliant remix of Ride On Time, Benny Benassi remixed another Black Box's hit single : Everybody Everybody (thanks to Tavi Meran).

13/10/2002 : The first Black Box fansite has just open ! It gathers all infos about the Italian project and all the related projects created by their producers.

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Black Box albums

Remixland Remixland 1990
Dreamland Dreamland 1990
2 + 2 2 + 2 2 CDs 1991
2 + 2 2 + 2 1991
Mixed Up Mixed Up 1991
Remix Hits (Japan) Remix Hits (Japan) 1991
Party Mix (Japan) Party Mix (Japan) 1991
Mixed Up 92 Mixed Up 92 1992
Positive Vibration (Japan) Positive Vibration (Japan) 1995
Positive Vibration Positive Vibration 1996
Hits and Mixes Hits and Mixes Jun 1998

Black Box DVDs et VHS

Video Dreams Video Dreams 1990 VHS
Video Dreams 1991 Video Dreams 1991 1991 VHS

 

Black Box singles

Ride On Time Ride On Time 12th Aug 1989  
I Don't Know Anybody Else I Don't Know Anybody Else 17th Feb 1990  
Everybody Everybody Everybody Everybody Jul 1990  
Get Down Get Down Sep 1990  
Fantasy Fantasy 3rd Nov 1990  
Ride On Time + The Total mix Ride On Time + The Total mix 1991  
Megamix Megamix 1991  
Bright On Time Bright On Time Apr 1991  
Strike It Up Strike It Up Jun 1991  
Open Your Eyes Open Your Eyes Sep 1991  
Hold On Hold On Jun 1992  
Rockin' To The Music Rockin' To The Music Dec 1993  
Ride On Time '94 Ride On Time '94 Apr 1994  
Not Anyone Not Anyone 1995  
A Positive Vibration A Positive Vibration Nov 1995  
I Got The Vibration I Got The Vibration 1st Apr 1996  
Native New Yorker Native New Yorker 27th Jan 1997  
Fall Into My Love Fall Into My Love Apr 1997  
Bright On Time '98 Bright On Time '98 1998  
Ride On Time 2003 Ride On Time 2003 2003  
You Got The Love You Got The Love 2005  
Everybody Everybody 2007 Everybody Everybody 2007 2007  

 

Black Box remixes

Ride On Time Ride On Time 1989  
Fantasy Fantasy 1990  
I Don't Know Anybody Else I Don't Know Anybody Else 1990  
Open Your Eyes Open Your Eyes 1991  
Strike It Up Strike It Up 1991  
Not Anyone Not Anyone 1995  
Native New Yorker Native New Yorker 1997  

 

 



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Black Box biography

Musical Team : M. Limoni, D. Davoli, V. Semplici, D. Benati

Black Box is made up of three Italian studio musicians (Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni and Valerio Simplici), collectively known as Groove Groove Melody, based in the Regio D'Emillia area of Northern Italy. In their different productions, they often use the voice of the French singer Katrine. Simplici was a clarinet teacher and played in the La Scala Classical Music Orchestra in Milan. Davoli was a well known Italian club DJ (known as DJ Lelewel), largely at the Marabu Starlight Club, while Limoni was the computer and keyboard whizz-kid of the trio and had previously engineered for Italian pop stars such as Spagna. The Groove Groove Melody team were established as one of the top two production outfits in Italian dance music, knocking out more than a dozen singles a year in their native country.

Katrine was spotted by Spagna's guitarist at a club, and after introductions featured as vocalist on Ride On Time. The single became the first of a series of Italian House records to cross over to the UK charts, staying at number 1 for six weeks in 1989. It also reached # 1 in Israel, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the European chart. Controversy reigned when it was realised that the single had included some samples of the voice of singer Loleatta Holloway from the Love Sensation single she made with Dan Hartman in the late 70s. A deal was eventually worked out with Salsoul (who owned the rights) as both companies benefited from 800 000 UK sales.

The Groove Groove Melody team were also behind the production of Starlight 's Numero Uno and Mixmaster 's Grand Piano, another prime example of 'Italo-house', and another crossover hit. Under seven or more pseudonyms, they turned out numerous further records. However, as Black Box their hits included I Don't Know Anybody Else (a Top Ten smash in the U.S. as well), Everybody Everybody (the last of the Ride On Time trilogy, which featured vocals by Martha Wash. It reched # 2 in Israel, and entered the top 10 in UK), and Fantasy, a revamp of the Earth, Wind And Fire hit (which entered the Top 10 in Israel and reached # 9 in UK). The group's debut LP, 1990's Dreamland, was also a success.

Actually, since Martha Wash's voice was at first used as sample for Everybody Everybody, she was finally asked the reinterpreted the whole title... Then to sing for the complete album Dreamland. Katrine was just lipsyncing on stage... Martha's voice was also used by projects such as Seduction and C & C Music Factory (Everybody Dance Now). She finally tired of ghosting vocals, disavowed all her session work, and filed litigation for proper crediting, winning a solo recording contract in the process. Black Box went on to cast Char Voni as their featured singer

After the single Get Down (featuring the rapper Stepz) and a Megamix, they returned in 1991 with Strike It Up, another American Top Ten entry. They were also responsible for, among other remixes, ABC 's 1991 comeback single, Say It. In 1995 they released the single Not Anyone but their album Positive Vibration was not very succesful.

2007 : Everybody Everybody was remixed by Benny Benassi, Fuzzy Hair and whiteHEAT. A Black Box Best Of could be released at the end of the year.

2008 : Candy did a cover of the Black Box classic Ride On Time

2016 : Mobin Master And Trillogee ft. Alfreda Gerald released a cover of Ride On Time

CD Now - Encyclopedia of Popular Music Copyright Muze UK Ltd. 1989 - 1998
Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
Thanks to Florent "v_uba" and Tavi Meran
Thanks to Shimon O'Hana for the charts positions

Black Box biography was last updated Thu, December 29th 2016


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