Regina Richards

Regina Richards (born July 18, 1961), best known by her stage name Regina, is an American pop music singer born in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for her hit song "Baby Love," which reached Number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. "Baby Love" was her only song to chart on the Hot 100, making her a one-hit wonder. The song also reached #50 on the UK Singles Chart that same year.[2]

Regina Richards
Born
Regina Marie Cuttita[1]

(1961-07-18) July 18, 1961 (age 59)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Other namesRegina Lee
Alma materMarymount Manhattan College
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1978–1993
Spouse(s)
Mark R. Lee
(m. after 1990, divorced)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
LabelsA&M Records
Atlantic
Funkin' Marvellous Records
Centurion Records
Associated actsRegina Richards and Red Hot

CareerEdit

Regina, who majored in theater at Marymount Manhattan College, began her music career in the late 1970s, recording and performing with the new wave band Regina Richards and Red Hot.[3] The band regularly played New York City music venues such as CBGB, Max's Kansas City, and Irving Plaza. With the help of Richard Gottehrer, the band signed with A&M Records. The first single released was titled "Tyger," with "Tug of War" as the B side. The second single "Don't Want You Back," with "Company Girl" as the B side, was followed by a self-titled album; the records did not attain mainstream success. Subsequently, she dissolved the group and focused on writing songs for other artists and helping them record demos with Stephen Bray, her former Red Hot drummer.[3] One of the artists who approached them was Madonna, who was trying to secure a recording deal at the time; Regina helped Madonna with vocal harmonies on her demos.[3]

In 1986, Regina and Bray co-wrote "Baby Love," initially planning on selling it to Madonna or another artist. Her record label, Atlantic Records, however, requested that Regina sing the song herself.[3] The single reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year and was included on Regina's Curiosity album, which also included "Say Goodbye," a song she had originally written with Kenny Rogers in mind. Another song from the album appeared on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart that year: "Beat of Love." Music publications of the time often commented on perceived similarities to Madonna, and called her the "queen of the wanna-bes."[4]

In 1987 she appeared in an anti-drug public service announcement with McGruff the Crime Dog that aired well into the 1990s.[5] In 1988, Regina released the song "Extraordinary Love." It reached #11 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In 1990, no longer with Atlantic, she released her final single "Track You Down."[6]

In 1991, Australian singer Dannii Minogue released a cover of "Baby Love" as a single, reaching #14 in the UK Singles Chart.[7]

DiscographyEdit

With Red HotEdit

Albums
  • Regina Richards and Red Hot (1981)

SoloEdit

Albums
  • Curiosity (1986) #102 Billboard 200[8]
Charting Singles
Year Song Peak chart positions[9]
US Hot 100 US Dance US R&B UK
1986 "Baby Love" 10 1 30 50
"Beat of Love (Remix)" 40
1988 "Extraordinary Love" 11

Note: Billboard incorrectly lists "Day By Day" as a 1997 hit for Regina. The song actually belongs to Regina "Queen" Saraiva.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miss Cuttita Wed To Dr. Mark Lee". New York Times. October 21, 1990. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 458. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b c d Matsumoto, Jon (Regina: She's The Proud Parent Of 'Baby Love' August 15, 1986). "Regina: She's The Proud Parent Of 'Baby Love'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 September 2016. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Artists" (93). Amordian Press. 1986: 122. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Users are Losers and Winners don't Use (Drugs) - YouTube".
  6. ^ "Regina (2) - Head On at Discogs.com".
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 368. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ "Regina - Chart history - Billboard.com".
  9. ^ "Regina - Chart history - Billboard".

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