Star – Kiki Dee (1981)

Ariola Records ARO 251

What does it mean to be famous? Why do so many young people have the ambition to be a “Star” but have no concept of what that takes. It’s the “wanna be factor” “I deserve it” type who have no talent who often get their 15 minutes of fame and many fall by the wayside, be it by their own hand or the hand of a disgruntled record company executive.

This single with music and lyrics by Doreen Chanter was written at a time of the early days of MTV and perhaps a less robust celebrity culture by todays standards but the subject matter is probably just as relevant today as it was in the early 1980’s. The single describes the ups and downs of stardom from being this weeks big thing to next weeks unknown, also the pressures of the media but points out there are other artists out there wanting to be a star.

Kiki Dee1 was born Pauline Matthews at Bradford, England in 1947 and started her career singing with local dance bands and after being spotted was signed up by Fontana Records in 1963. Over the next 10 years Kiki released several singles and albums with a Phil Spector / Northern Soul feel and even signed to Tamla Motown Records during 1970. Kiki performed backing vocals for other artists such as Dusty Springfield and appeared on British TV but in 1973 having signed to Rocket records her chart career kicked off with the top twenty classic “Amoureuse”

Kiki Dee collaborated with good friend Elton John in 1976, subsequently this led to a world-wide #1 song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.

B-Side “Give It Up”
Picture sleeve for “Star”

Later in 1993 they collaborated again back at Rocket Records with the  #2 hit  “True Love”.  In between Kiki had moved to Ariola Records and it was during this period “Star” produced by Pip Williams became her 8th charted top 402 hit in the UK when released in 1981 reaching #13 in a 10 week run on the chart.

The B-Side “Give It Up” is a song she co-wrote with American Eric Kaz who has written several hit records for a wide variety of artists. After over 50 years Kiki is still active writing and performing.

Sources: 1. Kiki Dee website  2. Official Charts – UK


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