Monday, April 9, 2012

Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)

In 1984 Hazell Dean got to number 6 in the UK charts with Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man). Her follow up single Whatever I do (Wherever I Go) charted even higher when it got to number 4 in the same year. It was written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The song was originally called Dance Your Love Away but was re-written and Hazell had a hit with the song as we now know it. Michael Prince recorded Dance Your Love Away which uses elements of Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) in it's production. You can hear that a remix version of that song here.

Hazell Dean was the first of the great female vocalists to work with SAW, she had hits before people even knew about Kylie, Sonia and all the other famous SAW vocalists. I am going to do a separate blog post on the many songs I like the most by Hazell later this week. For now I want to highlight Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) because it's such a classic HI-NRG song.

The song was also covered by the late Laura Branigan when she worked with SAW in 1987 on her Touch album which also included the songs Shattered Glass and her powerful version of Jennifer Rush's The Power Of Love. Just as when Donna Summer worked with SAW in the later part of the 1980s I think Laura's vocals were perfect for the dance pop sound of SAW.

I know that during the The Hit Factory Live concert in July in Hyde Park in  London this year people will remember Laura and her wonderful voice and also will remember Mel Appleby who too passed away too soon. One thing about pop music is that their talent shines on in their music, their music made people happy then and they still do today.

Here are the two versions of Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go). The first is a Top of the Pops performance by Hazell in the week that the single charted in the UK singles chart in 1984. The performance is introduced by Dave Lee Travis.

and here is Laura Branigan's version which is featured on her 1987 album Touch.

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