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Candi and the Backbeat


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Candi & The Backbeat (initially called Candi) was a Canadian pop band with lead vocalist Candy Pennella (Candita Pennella). They started out as an Italian wedding band before releasing their debut self-titled album, Candi, in 1988 on the I.R.S. Records label. Band members included Nino Milazzo on bass & background vocals, Paul Russo on drums & percussion, and Rich Imbrogno on keyboards. The band is best known among U.S. audiences for the freestyle classic “Dancing Under a Latin Moon,” a major dance hit which also made number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988.

In 1990, at the 20th Juno Awards Candy Pennella was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, losing to Rita MacNeil.[1] She was nominated for the same award the next year, losing to Celine Dion.[2]

Included in the Candi album was “Under Your Spell”, nominated for the Single of the Year at the 1990 Junos.[1] “Under Your Spell” and “Missing You”, from the same album, were both nominated for Best Dance Recording at the same award show.[1]

The band, under the new name Candi & The Backbeat, released the album World Keeps On Turning in 1990. The title track from the album was nominated for the Best Dance Recording at the 1991 Junos.[2]

After the promotion of the album, they decided not to continue with the project. Candy ended up marrying her drummer and currently teaches highschool in the Toronto area.

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