Candi & The Backbeat (initially named Candi) was a Canadian pop band fronted by lead vocalist Candita "Candi" Pennella. Band members included Nino (Big Papa) Milazzo (bass and background vocals), Paul (Baldy) Russo (drums and percussion), and Rich Imbrogno (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.

Candi & The Backbeat
OriginNorth York (Toronto), Ontario, Canada
Years active1988-1991
Past members
  • Candita "Candi" Pennella
  • Nino (Big Papa) Milazzo
  • Paul (Baldy) Russo
  • Rich Imbrogno

History edit

Originally an Italian wedding band, Candi released their debut self-titled album Candi in 1988 on the I.R.S. Records label. Their self-titled debut included "Dancing Under a Latin Moon" and "Under Your Spell." The latter was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1990 Juno Awards.[1] "Under Your Spell" and "Missing You" were both nominated for Best Dance Recording at the same award show.[1] Pennella was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, losing to Rita MacNeil.[1] Pennella was nominated for the same award the following year, losing to Celine Dion.[2]

The band, renamed 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 Juno Awards.[2]

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

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

  • Candi (1988)
  • World Keeps on Turning (1990)

Singles edit

Year Single Peak positions Album


1988 "Dancing Under a Latin Moon" 24 8 46 Candi
"Under Your Spell" 21 1 39
1989 "Missing You" 18 9
"Love Makes No Promises" 9
1990 "The World Just Keeps on Turning" 15 7 World Keeps on Turning
1991 "Friends Forever" 36 38
"Good Together" 31 5
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Past Winners Database: 1990 20th Juno Awards", The Envelope of the Los Angeles Times; URL accessed May 24, 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Past Winners Database: 1991 21st Juno Awards", The Envelope of the Los Angeles Times; URL accessed May 24, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "RPM Magazine". RPM. 17 July 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 49.