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Madeleine Davis - From Candy Striper to Music Star!


Posted By Marevi-Management, 2022-02-02
Madeleine Davis - From Candy Striper to Music Star!

Interview / Riveting Riffs Magazine 


If we told you that Madeleine Davis has lived a life full of adventure some might easily argue that is an understatement. She grew up the daughter of a Gospel singing mother, and a pharmacist father in Columbus, Georgia, near the Chattahoochee River, with one sibling, a brother at home and a sister eighteen years older, who had pretty much left home by the time Madeleine appeared on the scene.

Madeleine Davis had a lengthy career with Boney M (By the Rivers of Babylon, Rasputin) and a small sample of her work in the studio and / or live performances includes artists such as Precious Wilson, Hoyt Axton, Peggy March, Terence Trent D'Arby, Rick Astley, Klaus Doldinger, La Bionda and Amanda Lear. She was in demand by producers such as, Ralph Siegel, Tony Monn, Michael Kunze, Sylvester Levay, Giorgio Moroder and Frank Farian.

She sang in church as a young child, acted on stage as a teenager (there is a motorcycle story we will get to in a minute) and she was a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while still in university.  

“My father was a lot older than my mother. He was fifty-nine when I was born and he was seventy-five when I was eighteen......

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Ten Thousand Lightyears


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-31
Ten Thousand Lightyears

Studio Album no 7 of Boney M was Ten Thousand Lightyears released in 1982

Studio album by Boney M.
Released May 21, 1984
Recorded 1982–84
Genre Eurodisco, synth-pop
Length 48:52
Label Hansa (FRG)
Producer Frank Farian

The CD was released with a ZDF TV-special, the album was finally released in May 1984 and was also Boney M.'s debut on the new compact disc format.

Personnel:

    Liz Mitchell - lead vocals (All tracks except "Dizzy", "Barbarella Fortuneteller" and "Kalimba de Luna"), backing vocals
    Frank Farian - backing vocals, rap on "Dizzy"
    Reggie Tsiboe - lead vocals "Wild Planet", "Barbarella Fortuneteller" and "Kalimba de Luna", backing vocals
    Marcia Barrett - lead vocal "Wild Planet", backing vocals
    La Mama ( Madeleine Davis , Patricia Shockley, Judy Cheeks) - backing vocals "Future World", "I Feel Good", "Barbarella Fortuneteller", "The Alibama" and "Kalimba De Luna".
    Amy Goff - backing vocals "10.000 Lightyears", "Dizzy" and "Kalimba de Luna"
    Elaine Goff - backing vocals "10.000 Lightyears", "Dizzy" and "Kalimba de Luna"
    Bill Swisher - narrator on "Wild Planet"
    Sandy Davis - lead vocals "Dizzy", "The Alibama" (promotional-only LP version)
    Mrs. Hanson and Children - additional vocals on "Exodus"
    Max Greger - keyboards
    Curt Cress - drums
    Bronwen Collins - bassoon
    Johan Daansen - guitar
    Mats Björklund - guitar
    Pit Löw - keyboards
    Christian Schneider - saxophone
    Kristian Schultze - keyboards
    Dino Solera - saxophone
    Munich String Orchestra - orchestra
    London Philharmonic Orchestra - orchestra

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Happy Song


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-31
Happy Song

Italian disco music act Baby's Gang released in 1983   Happy Song . Happy Song hit the charts a year later when covered by German band Boney M.

Boney M original singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett did not participate in the recording. Session vocalists La Mama (Patricia Shockley, Madeleine Davis and Judy Cheeks) did the additional female vocals. The single gave the group their final German Top 10 hit single (#7), their first in nearly four years. 

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Lyrics of "I Don't Know", written by Madeleine Davis


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-31
Lyrics of "I Don't Know", written by Madeleine Davis

Madeleine Davis wrote the lyrics for the new Precious Wilson single " I Don't Know "

Artist Precious Wilson
Type Single
Released May 1982

Written By
Madeleine Davis, Mats Björklund & Dietmar Kawohl

I captured your heart and then I went away
From the beginning I planned not to stay
What kind of love do I have it's a puzzle to me

You were possessive and jealous of me
You are the man, so you have to be free
What kind of love that we feel it's a puzzle to me

This strange kind of love that we feel it's a puzzle to me

I don't know why I treat you so bad
I don't know why you make me so sad
I don't know why we waste all our time
I don't know why our love is so blind
I don't know what it is that we have

I don't know
Said I don't know
I don't know
I don't know
I don't know

We met in a disco three years ago
You wanted to marry me but now I don't know
What kind of love do I feel it's a puzzle to me

This strange kind of love that we feel it's a puzzle to me

I don't know why I treat you so bad
I don't know why you make me so sad
I don't know why we waste all our time
I don't know why our love is so blind
I don't know what it is that we have

I don't know
Said I don't know
I don't know
I don't know
I don't know

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Going Back West


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-31
Going Back West

The first song with new member Reggie Tsiboe on lead vocals was an uptempo cover version of a Jimmy Cliff track Going Back West. An early mix had only vocal group La Mama (Cathy Bartney, Patricia Shockley, Madeleine Davis ) on backing vocals.

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La Mama backing vocals for Boney M


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-31
La Mama backing vocals for Boney M

La Mama commenced work in 1981 on their first album, produced by Dietmar Kawohl and Mats Björklund. The Double A-side single "Elephant Funk" / "In and Out" was released in February 1982 ("In and Out" being the A-side on the 12" single) followed by a cover version of "Chanson D'Amour" a few months later. 

The single was released in December 1982, a cover of Labelle's "Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi (Lady Marmelade)". The group's LP Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec La Mama was released in January 1983.

During this time Madeleine Davis contributed lyrics for Precious Wilson's single "I Don't Know", the group also did backing vocals on Boney M.'s "Going Back West". 

Frank Farian had Madeleine Davis and Patricia Shockley of La Mama together with Judy Cheeks record a medley of contemporary hits for an Aerobics album Aerobic Fitness Dancing with instructions by Sydne Rome - the album topped the German charts early 1983.

During 1983, La Mama contributed again uncredited backing vocals to Boney M.'s seventh album Ten Thousand Lightyears on the tracks "I Feel Good", "Barbarella Fortuneteller" and "The Alibama". By the end of the year, Precious Wilson's final album for Hansa, Funky Fingers - a medley-album of popular R&B, soul and disco classics - was released. The first edition of the album credited just Precious Wilson while the second edition credited Precious Wilson & La Mama.

During 1984, La Mama backed Boney M. on the single "Happy Song" and participated as a part of Frank Farian Corporation on the benefit single "Mother and Child Reunion" early 1985. At this time ex-Silver Convention member Rhonda Heath stepped in for session work on Boney M.'s final album Eye Dance on which Madeleine Davis and Patricia Shockley of La Mama also took part. They sang the choruses on the tracks "Todos Buenos" and "Give it Up".

". Before the group finally split, Patricia Shockley and Rhonda Heath furthermore sang additional backing vocals on Far Corporation's hit single, a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". 

In 1989, Madeleine Davis received a phone call by Boney M. member Maizie Williams who invited her to take the place of original lead singer Liz Mitchell who had just left the group. Davis appeared in the group's official video of "The Summer Mega Mix", toured extensively with the group and also sang on their 1989 single "Everybody Wants to Dance Like Josephine Baker".

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La Mama


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-31
La Mama

La Mama a German pop and disco trio who has been active in the first half of the 1980s. Their name had been adapted from New York theater La Mama Experimental Theater Club.

La Mama released three singles and two albums and worked as backing singers on a number of recordings for other artists e.g., Boney M.

Original members of La Mama where Madeleine Davis , Patricia Shockley and Kathy Bartney, all girls where from the USA and settled in Germany in the late 1970s.  

Frank Farian, Boney M founder, was impressed with the harmonies produced by Madeleine Davies Patricia Shockley and Kathy Bartney used La Mama to demo new songs for Boney M. - including doing one Boney M. recording, " Gadda-Da-Vida " with La Mama and himself doing all the vocals. Also several tracks on Boney M.'s 1981 album Boonoonoonoos (" Silly Confusion " in particular, " Don't Kill the World " and "Malaika") featured La Mama's unaccredited backing vocals. 

La Mama
Origin United States
Genres Pop , Disco , Dance-pop , Hi-NRG , Eurodance
Years active 1980-85
Labels Hansa Records
Members Madeleine Davis (1980-85)
Patricia Shockley (1980-85)
Kathy Bartney (1980-82)
Rhonda Heath (1985)
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Everybody Wants to Dance Like Josephine Baker


Posted By FRC All Music Admin, 2021-12-30
Everybody Wants to Dance Like Josephine Baker

The song "Everybody Wants to Dance Like Josephine Baker" tributes Josephine Baker. Marcia Barrett provided the backing vocal and a spoken part by Bobby Farrell. 

Marcia Barretts biography (now withdrawn), states the producers wanted to record Maizie Williams (who had never sung on Boney M.'s records) but try-outs proved unsuccessful.

Madeleine Davis   was present at the recording together with Maize, Marcia and Bobby and contributed the chorus answer-back lines "Lose your self-control, feel it in your soul" etc.

Released November 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop
Label PWL (UK)
Songwriter(s) Sharkey , Cussack
Producer(s) Barry Blue
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