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Italy (1987 – present)

Cappella were an Italian/English eurodance group that found international success mainly in the early 1990s.

The name Cappella was first used in the year 1987. The main man behind Cappella was the Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti of Media Records, with contributions from the likes of Diego Leoni, Max Persona and Mauro Picotto. In 1988 the act debuted on the British charts with the song “Bauhaus (Push The Beat)” - and the following year with Helyom Halib which peaked at #11.

Some three years later Cappella returned with Take Me Away, sung by Loleatta Holloway who had also been the uncredited vocalist on the #1 hit Ride On Time by Black Box in 1989.

It wasn’t until 1993 when Cappella managed to really gain momentum. After U Got 2 Know got to the heady heights of #6 in the UK, two permanent members were drafted in - Rodney Bishop (rap) and Kelly Overett as the lead ‘vocalist’, although it has since emerged that Kelly did not actually perform on any of the records.

Nevertheless, Cappella fronted by Kelly and Rodney managed to score three European-wide top ten singles from the U Got 2 Know album: U Got 2 Let the Music, U & Me and Move On Baby.

When in 1996 the long-awaited follow-up album War in Heaven was released, singer Alison Jordan replaced Kelly Overett. Tell Me the Way was the first single but it only received marginal success.


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