SPAGNA "CALL ME" (1987)
By Mark Nobes
"Call Me" was the third single to be released from the album Dedicated To The Moon , which sold around 500,000 copies across Europe. The song was Ivana Spagna's biggest hit single, reaching #2 in the UK and the top ten in numerous European countries. Released in 1987, the Italo disco track also reached #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
The video was actually filmed in Nottingham (England), with many scenes shot around the Ritzy Nightclub.
The previous single "Dance Dance Dance" wasn't a major hit in the UK, but was a hit elsewhere, reaching #6 in Italy. The Italian singer/songwriter did score a big hit with the first track to be lifted from the Dedicated To The Moon album. Although Easy Lady (see playlist above) stalled at #62 in the UK, but it was a major European hit, reaching the top ten in France and Switzerland.
If you've ever had the opportunity to listen to Spagna's "Best Of" album, then you'll know that is quite clear that Spagna is a pretty talented songwriter. Along with her brother (theo), she also penned hits for the band Boney M during the 70s.
SPAGNA'S EARLY CAREER
Spagna started her solo career in 1986, with the debut single Easy, Easy becoming a European hit.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SPAGNA?
From the mid 90s onwards, Spagna decided
to release songs with the vocals sung in Italian. She was very
successful in her home country, releasing numerous albums, the first
being Il Cerchio Della Vita. In 2003, she left Sony and joined B&G,
an independent record label based in Switzerland, and decided to sings
her songs in English, once again - I do wish you would make your mind up
In 2010 she released a remake of her biggest and aforementioned hit Call Me, and in 2012 released a new album entitled Four, on which she worked with other artists including jazz/rock pianist Brian Auger and guitarist Dominic Miller who has worked with Phil Collins and Sting.
Spagna's Other 80s Singles
The title track from Dedicated To The Moon was released as Spagna's fourth single of the 80s (after "Call Me"), although I am unable to find any images of the single sleeve.