1979 Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive
Jean Vanloo signed Patrick to a recording contract. They went to Belgium in 1978, where Jean produced Patrick’s first album. A year later, the album was released. The first single from the album became Born To Be Alive.
The single, propelled by the spread of Disco, quickly spread to charts all over Europe. Patrick held auditions in New York City to recruit some dancers for his tour of the US; one of the dancers was a very young Madonna, three years before she broke into the record charts.
The single reached the top of the charts in at least 14 different countries. The record only reached #16 on the US Hot 100 in 1979, but an extended disco remix topped the US US Billboard National Disco Action chart.
Soul train even allocated over ten minutes of the show to the extended disco version of the song on one program to allow the dancers every opportunity to show off.
A follow-up single stalled at #88 on the dance chart and completely missed the Hot 100. While Patrick continued recording and releasing music through at least 1997, he never found the US charts again.
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