TONI BASIL "MICKEY" (1982)
By Laura Townend
Donning a flashy red and blue cheerleader outfit, the singer and choreographer Antonia Basilotta (better known by her musical name, Toni Basil) certainly made an impression with her Mickey video. But did you know that the 1982 hit was actually first recorded by UK pop group Racey in 1979 as "Kitty"?
However, that original version didn't include the catchy cheerleader chant of "Oh Mickey, you’re so fine...", so all the credit goes to Basil for that, and without it, I doubt the song would've been as big a hit.
The single reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week and No.2 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was Toni Basil's only Top 40 UK hit, making it a one hit wonder.
The 12" single included a Special Club Mix.
The UK singer Lolly also had a No.4 hit in the UK singles chart in 1999, with a cover of "Mickey".