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Tina Charles

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Whitechapel, London, England (1969 – present)

Tina Charles (born Tina Hoskins on March 10, 1954, in Whitechapel, London, England) is an English singer, who achieved success as a artist in the late 1970s.

Charles began her career as a backing vocalist and session artist, and recorded her first solo single in 1969 with a then-unknown Elton John singing backing vocals. In 1971 she made a record called “Joe” (about a little puppy).

She provided the lead vocals for 5000 Volts’ 1975 disco hit “I’m On Fire”. Although not publicly acknowledged as a group member at the time, Charles was considered to have a stronger voice than the group’s official lead singer. The song reached number 4 in the UK, and number 26 in the US.

Her big break came in 1975, when Indian-British music composer and producer Biddu, who had just enjoyed massive success worldwide composing the disco hit “Kung Fu Fighting” for Carl Douglas, composed and produced the single “I Love to Love” for her. The single spent three weeks at number one on the UK singles chart in February 1976 and was major hit around the world. Biddu’s collaboration continued on a future album and other huge hits like “Dance Little Lady Dance”. Further hits, like “Love Me Like a Lover”, “Dr. Love”, “Rendezvous” and “Love Bug”, made her a star throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but she was never able to achieve success in the US.

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