Come on Barbie – Lets go party
You just can’t be mad at him: champagne, nipple slips and frenzy belong to every music event. Still, Tom Novy seems to attract them in a very special way. No wonder, after all he is one of the few exceptionally gifted artists in the music scene. Worldwide chart successes and appearances in the best clubs of the world have been part of his career as well as his activities as VJ or radio host.
Tom Novy was born on the 10th of March 1970. He released his first record “I House You” in 1995 and directly entered the top 10 of the Germand Dance Charts. Only one year later he gained international reputation with his single “Superstar”, which climbed on position 15 in the Media-Control Charts in Germany and onto top positions in 18 other countries. 1998 was the year of “I Rock”, which became not only a chartbreaker but a real House anthem.
“I Rock” stayed over 10 weeks in the Media-Control Charts and even 20 weeks in the Airplay-Top-100. His Single “Pumpin” reached #19 of the UK Charts in June 2000. In the same year, Tom Novy became the first ever German artist to mix the “Ministry of Sound Annual” Compilation. His 2001 released debut album “My Definition” (Top 30 – Media Control) and featured the opener track “Welcome to the Race” (official Mercedes-Benz formula 1 Nurburgring Track) with singer Lima Ben-Jannett. His single “Lovin U” in 2004 became a worldwide success, also in South Africa, where Tom took the top 10 by storm.
Back in Germany, “Take It” featuring Lima became the most aired Dance tune in German radio and made it into the top 20. “Your Body” featuring singer Mike Marshall entered top 10 of the UK sales charts in December 2005 and went top 15 in 20 other countries. Tom’s excellent music taste is also appreciated by many other bands and musicians. By now Tom has remixed and produced for 10CC, Backstreet Boys, DJ Thomilla, Eric Morillo, Jimmy Sommerville, Joachim Deutschland, Sander Kleinenberg, Snap, Stefan Remmler (Trio), Ludacris, Marianne Rosenberg, Mousse T., Moonbootica and Sonique, to name but a few.
Furthermore, Tom Novy hosted several tv-shows, among them “Dance Floor Charts”, “Streetlife”, “Battle of DJ’s” and “Nightlife” on MTV, as well as the “Mac Chart-Show” (2004) on Pro 7. Moreover, Tom continues to mix a weekly radio show on FFN and has already been hosting a show for Radio Energy Munich since 1999. Additionally, he will put his hands on the popular Energy Mastermix – broadcasted on all Energy frequencies.
The Manhattans were formed in the early 60s in New Jersey as a quintet led by writer/bass vocalist Winfred “Blue” Lovett and emotive lead singer George Smith, along with Edward “Sonny” Bivins, Richard “Ricky” Taylor and Kenneth “Wally” Kelly, all of whom had just returned from service in the armed forces.
The group was popular regionally and had minor national success on the strength of some solid recordings for Carnival Records (their version of the country tune “From Atlanta to Goodbye” was a gem) in the late 60s before gaining the attention of Columbia Records in 1970. Unfortunately, their Columbia signing coincided with the sudden illness and untimely death of lead singer Smith. During a tour through North Carolina, the Manhattans came upon a college student with an amazing Sam Cooke-like voice. Recognizing the incredible talent of this 21 year old, the group invited Gerald Alston to join, and he became the lead singer who would bring stardom to the quintet.
After “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” the Manhattans spent the remainder of the decade scoring almost exclusively on the R&B charts. Then in 1980, they again surprised the Pop world, crossing over for a Pop top 10 hit with their loping 1980 ballad, “Shining Star.” The group continued to record through the 80s, hitting on the Soul charts with such hits as “Crazy” and “Honey Honey.” Their last album for Columbia records was the wonderful but overlooked 1986 disc, Back To Basics, produced in part by Bobby Womack and featuring a young Regina Belle singing background vocals. Unfortunately, the Manhattans’ smooth, adult soul style seemed out of place in the frenetic, electric funk sounds dominating late 80s music, and they were dropped by Columbia records in 1987.
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