by: Ivan Diller
"Ivan Diller writes a monthly column,
"Ivan's Den," for the
New York-based club guide "Twist Magazine."
Contact Ivan Diller at: IDiller@aol.com
The Music Plays On as Shannon
Records New Album
||Its hard to believe its been fourteen years
since Shannons "Let
The Music Play" hit the airwaves in the summer of 1984. The first in a string of
Shannons hits of the mid-late 1980s, "Let
The Music Play" shot to #1 on the Dance and R&B charts, and to #8 on the Pop
chart. "When I recorded Let
The Music Play, it happened quickly," says Shannon of her early success.
"Someone that I knew who was a friend of Mark Liggett found out that Liggett and
Chris Barbosa were looking for a singer," she recalls. "I went down for an
audition and Liggett and Barbosa took me into the studio the same day and I laid down the
Let The Music Play."
||With the phenomenal success of the single, the teenage
Shannon was asked to go out and perform the song on the club circuit. "Funhouse was
one of the places I performed in," says Shannon of the early track dates. "I
remember it was with Madonna. She was headlining and I was opening, and people were asking
my press agent, Is that Madonna?" Both unknowns at the time, each has
made a tremendous contribution to the success and longevity of dance music.
"Let The Music Play" wasnt the first of the style or
sound," Shannon states. "Jenny Burton came out with a sound with One More
Shot. We didnt copy the sound, but other people started to have that same idea
at the same time. When Let The Music Play came out, people started to take
dance music more seriously again."
Me Tonight" was recorded as the follow-up single to "Let The Music
Play." "It was a takeoff of "Let The Music Play," remembers Shannon.
"We tried to recreate the same thing. We used the same writers, same producers,
everything." Enjoying equal success to her debut single, "Give
Me Tonight" was her second smash in a row, followed by "My Hearts
Divided," also off her debut album, and "Do You Want To Get Away."
||Its rare for a dance artist to have four singles
that are considered classics, while still enjoying success as a recording artist. "It
feels great; they have kept me alive all these years," says Shannon of her early
recordings. Today, Shannons voice can be heard on the recent Todd Terry hit single, "Its
Over Love," from his Logic Records album Ready
For A New Day, and on the single "Movemania" by Sash!, to be released in
the U.K. in October.
|In the midst of recording a new album with producers
Todd Terry and Sash! amongst others, Shannon hasnt forgotten the tunes that made her
famous in the 1980s. "Let The Music Play and Give Me Tonight
are both going to be on the new album," she says. "Todd is re-doing them. We did
a whole new thing, bringing the songs into the 90s." With a track record like
Shannons, "Movemania" and her next album are sure to be hits!
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