Kids From Fame - Starmaker 1982





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Published on Feb 11, 2011

Really great quality video recorded from Top Of The Pops 1982. This record for me has so many memories....too many. The Kids from "Fame" was the group name of several cast members from the US TV series Fame who had a number of hit singles and albums at the height of the show's success in the UK. This success culminated in tours of the UK where they performed live in concert. A live album was subsequently released.

The group came to prominence in the summer of 1982 when the series first aired in the UK and a single "Hi Fidelity" reached No.5. Along with this an album was released: The Kids from "Fame", which reached No.1 for 12 weeks. A series of singles and albums followed over the next 12 months with songs taken from the show's first three seasons. By the summer of 1983, interest in the show was beginning to wane and the releases abruptly stopped, although the TV series carried on for a number of years.

The main vocalists of the group were Debbie Allen, Valerie Landsburg, Erica Gimpel, Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray, Lee Curreri, Lori Singer and P.R. Paul.

In 2008, television presenter Justin Lee Collins travelled to America to unite various members of the group in a show titled Bring Back...Fame. They spoke of their success as a group in the UK and their live shows, and revealed that Erica Gimpel quit the group during the tour due to the pressures. Lansburg also talked about her surprise at the success of "Hi Fidelity". Curreri spoke about the music, saying that he was the only member to contribute to the writing of the songs and the only member to play an instrument on the recordings (synthesizer). The show was transmitted on 27 December 2008.

August 1982 "Hi Fidelity" 1 RCA 5
September 1982 "Starmaker" RCA 3
November 1982 "Mannequin" 2 RCA 50
February 1983 "Friday Night (Live version)" 3 RCA 13
June 1983 "Body Language" 4 RCA 76
September 1983.
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