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Hazell Dean

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Hazell Dean (born Hazel Dean Poole, 27 October 1952, Chelmsford, Essex) is a British Dance-pop singer, who achieved her biggest success in the 1980s as a leading Hi-NRG artist. She is best known for the top ten hits “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find a Man)”, “Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)” and “Who’s Leaving Who”. She has also worked as a songwriter and producer.

She started her career in 1970s, but achieved a chart success in the 1980s working with the famous Stock Aitken Waterman team. Dean was elected three times as the ‘Best Live Performer’ by the Federation of American Dance Clubs (U.S.), and twice as a ‘Best British Performer’ by Club Mirror awards (UK). She participated twice in the A Song for Europe contest. In 1976, she took eighth place (out of twelve) with the ballad, “I Couldn’t Live Without You for a Day”, written by contest veteran Paul Curtis. 1984 saw Dean finish in seventh place of eight, with another dramatic ballad, “Stay In My Life”, which she wrote herself. She also provided backing vocals for Samantha Janus in 1991’s Eurovision Song Contest.

In February 1984 she entered the UK Singles Chart with the double A-sided single, “Evergreen” / “Jealous Love” which peaked at #63.Two months later however, she scored her first Top 10 hit with the re-release of “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man)”, which peaked at No 6. Dean then released the follow-up “Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)” (produced by Stock Aitken Waterman) in August which hit No 4.

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