Hazell's biggest success came in the 1980s, and she became well-known as a leading Hi-NRG artist. Her three top ten hits in the 80s were Searchin' (I've Gotta Find A Man)" which reached No.6 in April 1984, "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)" which reached No.4 three months later in July and "Who's Leaving Who", which reached No.4 in the UK in 1988.
The singer was always more successful with her singles, and her only album to achieve any charts success was Always (1988) which reached #38 in the UK and was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
Browsing through the list of hit songs below, it seems that Hazell had a fetish for song titles that made use of brackets during the first half of the 1980s!
Hazell Dean has always attracted a larger gay and lesbian following, and in 2010 she came out as a Lesbian.
1983 Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man) #76
1984 Evergreen/Jealous Love #63
1984 Searchin (I Gotta Find A Man) re-issue #6
1984 Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) #4
1984 Back In My Arms (Once Again) #41
1985 No Fool (For Love) #41
1986 E.S.P. (Extra Senusal Persuasion) #98
1987 Always Doesn't Mean Forever #92
1988 Who's Leaving Who #4
1988 Turn It Into Love #21
1989 Love Pains #48
1991 Better Off Without You #72
1996 The Winner Takes It All #72
1997 Seachin '97 #116
The original release of Searchin' failed to make much of an impact in the singles charts, stalling at No.76 in the UK. However, the track became very popular in gay clubs which persuaded EMI to re-issue the single in 1984. The second release became a big hit, peaking at #6.
A 1997 remix single stalled at #116 in the UK charts.
The song was covered by Australian girl band Young Divas who released it as a single in March 2007.
Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) (1984)
The official EMI video clip in the playlist at the top of the page features Hazell Dean performing on Top Of The Pops in 1984. She is introduced by Radio One DJ (at the time) Dave Lee Travis, who was also nicknamed DLT or the hairy cornflake, and has recently been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.
This Hi-NRG song was the follow-up to the British pop singer's first Top 40 hit Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man) and reached #4 in the UK singles chart in July 1984. The song was produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman (at this time they were experiencing financial troubles) and because of the song's success they were asked to produce an album which was entitled Heart First.