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Encyclopedia > Toni Basil
Toni Basil
Background information
Birth name Antonia Christina Basilotta
Born September 22, 1943 (1943-09-22) (age 63)
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre(s) Pop, Dance
Occupation(s) Singer, Dancer, Choreographer
Years active 1966–present
Associated
acts
Paula Abdul
Website Toni Basil Site

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Music career

Her recording career began in 1966 with a rare one-off single for A&M Records, the title song from the film Breakaway. Although she appeared three times as musical guest during the first season of Saturday Night Live in 197576, it wasn't until 1982 that she released a follow-up, the international smash "Mickey". This song is, in fact, a cover of "Kitty", a 1979 release by UK band Racey, written by British hitmakers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. Furthermore, "Mickey" was actually recorded in 1979, and when her record label wanted to release the song in 1982, Basil was reluctant, believing the song already sounded "dated". But the label persevered, and pop-music history was made. See also: 1965 in music, other events of 1966, 1967 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Hot 100 No. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 other events of 1982 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover:Tony Basil - Mickey Mickey is a 1982 hit U.S. pop song recorded by female singer/choreographer Toni Basil. ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Racey was a British pop group formed in 1976 by singer Richard Gower, Clive Wilson and Phil Fursdon. ... Nicky Chinn (born May 16, 1945) was the songwriting (and production) partner of Michael Chapman. ... Mike Chapman is a record producer and songwriter who was a major force in the British pop music industry in the early 1970s. ...


The music video for "Mickey" was one of the most popular of the early MTV videos. In the video, Basil wore a cheerleader uniform from Las Vegas High School, the school from which she graduated.[1] She has a special fondness for the song today and its enduring popularity. Basil has said on more than one occasion that she would gladly put on the cheerleader uniform she wore in the video again if she was asked to. In 2003, VH1 ranked "Mickey" Number 5 on its list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Cheerleading is recreational activity and sometimes competitive sport involving organised routines including elements of dance and gymnastics to encourage crowds to cheer on sports teams. ... Las Vgeas High School is a public high school of the Clark County School District located on Southeast side of Sunrise Mountain History Las Vegas High School Openend In 1930 on the corner of 7th Street and Bridger. ...


Basil's '80s recording career consisted of only two albums: 1982's "Word of Mouth" (which spawned a second Hot 100 single with "Shoppin' from A to Z") and 1983's "Toni Basil" (which yielded Basil's third and final Hot 100 chart single "Over My Head"). To date, there have been no fewer than five Toni Basil best-of collections released on CD.


In 1999, DJ and Producer Jason Nevins' dance remix of Mickey was a big night club hit in Europe and Australia.


Basil is frequently credited with bringing street dance to prominence with The Urban Campbellocking group, The Lockers. She choreographed David Byrne's memorable, marionette-style dance from the music video for the Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime". She worked with Talking Heads again to direct and choreograph the music video for the song "Crosseyed and Painless". She also choreographed David Bowie's Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974 and Glass Spider Tour in 1987, and has worked with Bette Midler for many years, most recently on her 2005 Australian Kiss My Brass tour. Dancers included: Melissa Hurley, Viktor Manoel, Constance Marie, Craig Allen Rothwell (aka Spazz Attack), and Stephen Nichols. She has also choreographed a series of commercials for The Gap (clothing retailer) set to the music from West Side Story. Locking (originally Campbellocking) is a style of funk dance and street dance, which is today also associated with hip hop. ... The Lockers (originally named The Campbellock Dancers) was a pioneer funk dance and locking group active throughout the 1970s. ... David Byrne (born May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a Grammy Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning musician best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of the New Wave band Talking Heads. ... Phillip Huber (L) and David Alexander of the Huber Marionettes perform with marionettes hand-made by Huber for scenes for the feature film Tillamook Treasure 2005 Marionette in Prague A marionette is a type of puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show. ... Talking Heads was an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. ... Once in a Lifetime is a popular song by Talking Heads, from their album Remain in Light, and was later used for the promotion of the concert film Stop Making Sense. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Viktor Manoel (born in 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, writer, and actor. ... Constance Marie (b. ... Gap, Incorporated (NYSE: GPS) is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in San Francisco, California and founded in 1969 by Donald Fisher and Doris Fisher. ... For The Games song, see Westside Story (song). ...

UK single artwork for Toni Basil's 1982 hit song "Mickey"
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Acting career

Basil has appeared in movies such as Easy Rider (as prostitute Mary, the brunette) and Five Easy Pieces, on television (including episodes of Laverne & Shirley and Baywatch), and has worked as a choreographer for movies such as American Graffiti, The Rose, Legally Blonde, the Beach Party series produced by AIP, as well as the The Monkees' cult film Head (in which she appeared as the (unbilled) dancer in the Daddy's Song sequence). In addition to her appearance in Head, she appeared in Village of the Giants, the cult film Rockula with Thomas Dolby and the 1987 B-Movie Slaughterhouse Rock. Wyatt, Mary (Toni Basil), Billy and Karen wandering the streets of a parade filled New Orleans. ... Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 film written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. ... Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. ... Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ... The Rose is a 1979 film which tells the story of a 1960s drug-addled rock music star whose life comes unraveled when she travels to her home town in Florida to put on a concert in order to show the people she grew up with that she had made... Legally Blonde is a 2001 comedy film starring Reese Witherspoon, produced by Marc E. Platt for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios and directed by Robert Luketic. ... There are arguably two surf movie genres. ... The early AIP logo. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... Head is a motion picture released in 1968, starring TV rock group The Monkees (in credit order: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith), and distributed by Columbia Pictures. ... Village of the Giants is a 1965 science-fiction/comedy movie produced, directed and written by Bert I. Gordon, based loosely on H.G. Wellss book The Food of the Gods. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson, on 14 October 1958) is an English musician best known for his 1982 synth pop hit She Blinded Me With Science. He is also a successful session musician, music producer, inventor and entrepreneur, whose company Beatnik, Inc. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ...


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Persondata
NAME Basil, Toni
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer
DATE OF BIRTH September 22, 1943
PLACE OF BIRTH Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DATE OF DEATH January 14, 2007
PLACE OF DEATH Los Alamos, New Mexico

  Results from FactBites:
 
Toni Basil: Best Music from the 1980s (208 words)
Basil's recording career began in 1966 with a rare one-off single for A&M Records, the title song from the film Breakaway.
In the video, Basil wore her head cheerleader uniform from Las Vegas High School, the school from which she graduated.[2] She has a special fondness for the song today and its enduring popularity.
Basil has said on more than one occasion that she would gladly put on the cheerleader uniform she wore in the video again if she was asked to.
Toni Basil | View the Music Artists Biography Online | VH1.com (442 words)
In 1966, Basil released her first single, the Graham Gouldman-penned "28"; the B-side was her recording of the title song from avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Conner's Breakaway, in which she also appeared as a dancer.
Basil's acting career soon hit a peak with her role in 1969's landmark Easy Rider as a New Orleans hooker; she went on to appear with Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces and Dennis Hopper in The Last Movie.
Basil wasn't so lucky with the follow-up singles, however; "Shoppin' From A to Z" and "Over My Head" only scraped the lower reaches of the charts, and her eponymously titled 1983 album stiffed.
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