Sunday, November 13, 2005

Jaki Graham - Step Right Up

80s time! Jaki Graham is from Birmingham and was born in 1956. During the 80s she enjoyed some chart success with her style of typical 80s dance-pop.

Her first single was released in 1984, but it wasn't until 1985 when she had her first chart hit, "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", a duet with David Grant who had been in a band called Linx, and has since gone on to be a voice coach on both Fame Academy and Pop Idol, along with his wife Carrie Grant. The track made #5 in March 1985.

Jaki then had a further 5 top 20 singles, including another with David Grant called "Mated" (#20 in May 1985), and 4 solo hits, "Round And Round" (#9 in June 1985), "Set Me Free" (#7 in May 1986), "Breaking Away" (#16 in Aug 1986) and "Step Right Up" (#15 in Nov 1986). She also released a number of albums over the years, and continued to release material all through the 80s and into the 90s. Her latest single, a cover of the Stevie Wonder classic "Superstition" was only released last month, and she appeared on the infamous "Hit Me Baby One More Time" earlier this year.

"Step Right Up" was Jaki's last proper hit, and it remains one of my favourites, 19 years later!

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