H and Claire
... Geri Halliwell
Quiet ballad Calling by Geri Halliwell makes it three Top 10s in the UK for the
former miss Ginger Spice in 2001 when it debuts at no 7 on December 2nd. It follows
the title track from her second solo album, Scream If You Wanna Go
Faster, which despite an entertaining video, a high-energy chorus and a sixties sounding
break could only reach no 8 on its debut in the UK
on August 5th, 2001. Previously elements of Fame, Flashdance and Bridget Jones'
Diary in the
video for It's Raining Men showed off the former Ginger Spice's new body in typical
cheeky manner ensuring Geri Halliwell's remake of The Weather Girls song
was a hit. It debuted at no 1 on 6th May 2001. It was her fourth UK no 1 since she
went solo and follows the "girl powder" anthem from 2000, Bag It Up.
Lyrics: Bag It Up (UK:1),
It's Raining Men (UK:1),
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (UK:8)
... Gordon Haskell
How Wonderful You Are by Gordon Haskell debuts at no 2 on December 23rd, 2001
in the UK having almost done the impossible - with no video support and only MOR radio behind
it, it almost became the UK's Christmas No 1. It shows that not all hits are packaged and
ready made. Haskell was once a member of progressive rock group King Crimson in the early
seventies. The idea for his soft romantic ballad he says came to him while shopping with his
How Wonderful You Are (UK:2)
The third single from Hear'Say, Everybody debuts at no 4 on December 2nd, 2001
and is taken from their new album of the same name. It would be so easy to be cynical and say that
the manufactured group Hear'Say who debuted at no 1 in the UK with their first two
releases Pure and Simple on 18th March and The Way To Your Heart on 1st
July, don't deserve the top spot but frankly who can argue with a public who get behind a group
even before they record a note. The TV programme Popstars which saw thousands of hopefuls
whittled down to a final five over a few short months was fascinating to watch even if it
revealed little of the "real" business. However the chosen five - Noel, Danny, Kym, Mayleene
and Suzanne - look good, dance well and more importantly sound good too. But that may
not be enough to keep the press and public from losing interest...
Pure And Simple (UK:1),
The Way To Your Heart (UK:1)
... Hermes House Band
Hermes House Band debut at no 7 with their party version of Country Roads on
December 9th, 2001. The song was written by John Denver and was originally a hit in the UK
for Olivia Newton-John in 1973. Formed while they were still students in 1984, Judith Robin and Jop the members
House Band first made an impression in their home country of The Netherlands with their
1995 remake of I Will Survive which went to no 1. Party versions of other songs followed with
hits scored in many countries around the world.
Country Roads (UK:7)
Hi-Gate is only one of many "monikers" which Paul Masterton and Judge Jules record under.
Their biggest hit of the year so far is Pitchin which debuted at no 6 on the 23rd of
January. They have already scored with "Synth and Strings" under the Yomanda moniker in 1999,
and they also hit no 16 with Sunshine on March 5th, 2000. The duo also record
under the name the Clergy, on 'Saints & Sinners'.
... Faith Hill
While the jury may still be out on the film Pearl Harbour, its theme, There You'll Be,
written by master songwriter Diane Warren, and performed by Faith Hill debuts
at no 3 in the UK on June 24th and also hits the US top 10. Despite huge success at home in the States and elsewhere, the
photogenic Ms Hill is possibly just too MOR or country for British tastes and as such this is
her debut Top 10. Ms Warren on the other hand has been described as a hit machine, working
12 hours a day at her craft.
There You'll Be (UK:3, US:10),
The Way You Love Me
Won't Take It Lying Down which debuts at no 7 on 5th March, is the Anglo/French R&B trio Honeyz'
fifth Top 10 hit. Originally with a line-up of Heavenli Abdi, Naima Belkhiati and
Célena Cherry, their first hit was Finally Found in September 1998. Abdi left in
1999 and was replaced by Mariama Goodman. Won't Take It Lying Down featured a slick
and sexy video worthy of their US counterparts.
Lyrics: Won't Take It Lying Down (UK:7)
... Whitney Houston and George Michael/Enrique Iglesias
Climbing to no 6 on October 27th, 2001 is Whitney Houston's live
rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Recorded in 1991 at the Super Bowl, the track
has been re-released as a single to benefit the uniformed victims of the World Trade
Center attacks. This is Whitney Houston's first major US hit since My Love Is Your
Love in early 2000. The media has been unkind to the artist in recent years,
dwelling more on her private life than her musical achievements, of which
this rendition of the popular anthem is one of her best.
The duet with Julio's son Enrique Iglesias, Could I Have This Kiss Forever
debuts in the UK at no 7 on October 8th and follows a more disappointing debut at no 9 on June 11th for
If I Told You That the first single from
Whitney Houston's no 1 Greatest Hits album. The duet with George Michael had
been getting a lot of radio play although the late arrival of the video to the likes of MTV did
not do the single any favours. However with her husband Bobby Brown recently in prison
and her own drugs possession charge the queen of American soul has no doubt had other things on her mind. For more on Whitney see
The A to Z of Whitney Houston.
Could I Have This Kiss Forever (UK:7),
If I Told You That (UK:9),
The Star Spangled Banner (US:6)
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