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Black Box is the name of more than one artist.
1) an Italo-house music group
2) an video game music remixer

1) Black Box (later Blackbox) was an Italo-house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known for their hit “Ride on Time”. The members of the group included a trio made up of a club DJ (Daniele Davoli), a classically trained clarinet teacher (Valerio Semplici) and a keyboard and electronic music “whizz” (Mirko Limoni.) The three had previously joined to form a group called Groove Groove Melody, producing dance music under names such as Starlight and Wood Allen. They went on to record music under many other aliases.

In 1989, they teamed up with singer/model Catherine Quinol (AKA Katrin) and formed Black Box. By early 1990 they had engaged Martha Wash to perform vocals on a number of tracks which, Ms Wash was apparently told, were ostensibly for club consumption and weren’t for mass-release. One would be “Everybody, Everybody,” which would become one of their two top ten hits in North America.

Their first single “Ride on Time” was a hit around the world, making Top 10 in many countries and No.1 in the UK, soon becoming the UK’s best-selling single of 1989. The song sampled Holloway’s 1978 disco hit “Love Sensation” - the title comes from a mishearing of the lyrics “Cause you’re right on time”. “Love Sensation” was written by Dan Hartman who was unaware his song had been sampled by Black Box. According to Hartman’s attorney, Black Box ended up having to give Hartman a good percentage of the royalties. While the song did make it onto the “Dreamland” album when it was released later in 1990, the vocals had been entirely re-recorded, though not by Martha Wash.


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