Robin Beck

Robin Beck is an American singer. She topped the singles chart in the United Kingdom in 1988,[1] and Austria, Germany, Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland in 1989, with her single "First Time", which had come to the public's attention via its use in a Coca-Cola commercial. Other well-known songs of hers are "Save Up All Your Tears", "In My Heart to Stay", "Tears in the Rain" and "Close to You".

Robin Beck
Robin Beck performing live in 2018
Robin Beck performing live in 2018
Background information
BornBrooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresAOR, pop rock; earlier: pop, disco, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1979–present
LabelsMercury, Metronome, EastWest, Frontiers
Associated actsHouse of Lords, James Christian, Desmond Child, Cher, Patti Austin, Melissa Manchester

Also, "First Time" was successfully covered or sampled many times, the most recent was made by Sunblock in 2006, peaking at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. Beck also performed it with German pop star Helene Fischer.


Prior to this achievement, she had spent time as a backing singer, supporting the efforts of Melissa Manchester, Chaka Khan, and Leo Sayer. She also sang on radio jingles for Jam Creative Productions, in particular "the ultimate one" for BBC Radio One in the UK.[2][3] Her first album was released in 1979, and featured Irene Cara and Luther Vandross on backing vocals.[4] Among the tracks was a slow, soulful cover of "Hello It's Me" that was originally recorded by Nazz and later by its songwriter Todd Rundgren. On the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, the album's same-titled track "Sweet Talk" peaked at number 31,[5] making it her only single to chart in the U.S., thus, she was a one-hit wonder there. However, her debut album's songs failed to achieve commercial success in the United Kingdom, although it later spawned "Save Up All Your Tears" which hit the Top 10 in Germany. After this, Beck contributed backing vocals to Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time", and another version of Cher's song "Save Up all Your Tears", both of which had radio success world wide.

Her major hit coincided with a unique chart confluence; after waiting thirty-five years for the first instance of three consecutive female vocalists at the top of the UK Singles Chart, she completed the second such occurrence in under a year. The first sequence was Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Kylie Minogue in 1988; the second threesome consisted of Whitney Houston, Enya and Beck. She has qualified as a one-hit wonder in the UK, as "First Time" is her only single to reach their chart.[1] This is not the case in Germany, where "Save Up All Your Tears" reached number 10, and she had at least three other chart singles. The German success of "First Time" won Beck a 1990 RSH Gold award,[6] given annually by a German radio station since 1988 on the basis of major regional airplay success.[7]

Her album Trouble or Nothin' was produced by Desmond Child and featured songs by Child, Diane Warren, Holly Knight, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. Despite their track record of success in the US, Beck's material did not find success. The song, "Hide Your Heart", charted in both the US and the UK as a single by KISS the same year as Beck's version was released. It was also recorded that year by Ace Frehley and Molly Hatchet, and was the title track of Bonnie Tyler's album of the previous year. Two other songs from the Beck album were released as singles by Tyler — "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" (1986) and "Save Up All Your Tears" (1988) — and one by John Waite, "Don't Lose Any Sleep" (1987). Despite the songwriters' hit track records, none of those songs were major hits in the US in any of their versions. Partly for this reason, Mercury dropped Beck from its active roster thereafter. "A Crazy World Like This", co-written by Neil Giraldo, had been an album cut for Pat Benatar.

Beck went on to record further solo work with noted writers, which was best received in Germany, and continued to do guest vocal spots on other artists' albums, including a duet with Stan Bush.[8] After a hiatus, with the exception of recording non-album songs, she returned in 2003 with her first album in nine years, and has followed that up with a new album every couple of years since.

Beck and her husband James Christian sang a duet on the song "Easy's Getting Harder" on Tommy Denander's third Radioactive album Taken in 2005.

In 2006, the Swedish dance outfit Sunblock sampled "First Time" for their dance track "First Time". Beck could be seen performing this song, which was released on May 21, and reached number nine in the UK Singles Chart. 2007 saw the release of Livin' on a Dream,[9] where she co-wrote most of its tracks.

Her album Trouble or Nothing - 20th Anniversary Edition, was released in February 2009, which featured new recordings of the original album's tracks, plus four new songs co-written with Tommy Denander, who also handled guitars on the whole album as well as co-producing the new tracks. Also in 2009, she recorded three tracks as a special guest on Impulsia's debut album, Expressions: "Fly Away", "Alone" and "Seas to Cross".

In 2010, she appeared on a track as lead vocalist for the debut album of the Italian project Shining Line.[citation needed]

In 2011, she released her eighth album The Great Escape and also recorded vocals for the British NWOBHM band Saracen on their album Marilyn, depicting the life of Marilyn Monroe. It was released in September 2011.[10] In 2012 she performed at the Firefest and was part of the Rock Meets Classic-Tour.

In 2013, she released her ninth album Underneath on August 12 in the UK and August 15 in Europe. Beck was interviewed most recently in 2013 by Paradise Rock.[11]

On March 6, 2014, Beck started her "Perfect Storm Tour", co-headlined by House of Lords and Estrella.

On May 21, 2015, Beck started her "All That Glitters Tour" which took place in Finland, Sweden and Norway.[12]

Beck appeared at Rock Icons on August 7, 2015, in Alicante, Spain.[12]

It was revealed in April 2015 that Robin Beck was part of the Rockingham lineup at Nottingham's Rock City October 23–25. Beck's appearance was scheduled for the Friday, with Eclipse and headliner Tom Keifer (Cinderella) following her in the line-up.[13]

Beck's tenth album Love Is Coming was released by Frontiers on October 13, 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Beck was born in Brooklyn's Brookdale Hospital, formerly Beth-El, and grew up in the city's neighborhoods of East New York and Canarsie.[14] Her family was Jewish. However, she had become a Christian after the marriage to her husband, fellow singer James Christian of the hard rock band House of Lords.[14] Beck has been married to Christian since 1996.[citation needed] They have a daughter named Olivia, born in 1997.[citation needed]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
1979 Sweet Talk
1989 Trouble or Nothin'
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Mercury
18 23 16
1992 Human Instinct
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin
1994 Can't Get Off
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: EastWest
  • Beck also co-producer
2003 Wonderland
  • Release dates: 2003 (U.S.); 2004 (Germany)
  • Label: Reality/Portrait
2005 Do You Miss Me
  • Release date: August 2, 2005
  • Label: Frontiers
2007 Livin' on a Dream
  • Release date: July 9, 2007
  • Label: Frontiers
  • Beck also co-writer
2009 Trouble or Nothing – 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Fastball Music
  • Album of re-recordings plus four new songs
2011 The Great Escape
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: Fastball Music
2013 Underneath
  • Release date: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Cargo/Her Majesty's Music Room
2017 Love Is Coming
  • Release date: October 13, 2017
  • Label: Frontiers Music


Lead performerEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1979 "Sweet Talk" 31 Sweet Talk
1988 "First Time" 1 4 1 1 43 2 1 1 Trouble or Nothin'
1989 "Save Up All Your Tears" 27 10 17 5 84
"Tears in the Rain" 23 21
1990 "Don't Lose Any Sleep"
"Hide Your Heart"
1992 "In My Heart to Stay" 55 Human Instinct
1993 "Gonna Take a Lifetime"
"Love Yourself"
1994 "Close to You" 79 Can't Get Off
"If Lovin' You Is Wrong"
1999 "Jewel in My Crown" non-album singles
"Shut Up and Kiss Me"
2003 "First Time" (with DJ Unique) 61
"My Life" Wonderland

Guest performerEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2006 "First Time" (with Sunblock) 6 10 13 8 32 9 I'll Be Ready: The Album

Guest appearances/collaborationsEdit

  • PupoTornerò (1998) – Duet on track 1: "Non è un addio (Goodbye Is Not Forever)"
  • Impulsia – Expressions (2009)
  • Shining LineShining Line (2010) – Lead vocals on track 5: "Heat of the Light"
  • Shanghai – Bomb's Away (2001) – Lead vocals, duet on track 3: "Through These Eyes"
  • Saracen – Marilyn (2011) – Lead vocals on five tracks
  • Kjetil By – Better Days (2014)
  • Tomas Bergsten's Fantasy – Nightwalker (2015) – Lead vocals on track 2: "Stranger to Love"


RSH-GOLD - Radio Schleswig-Holstein-Musikpreis (Germany)

  • Best Newcomer 1989 for "First Time"

IFPI (Germany)[15]

  • "First Time" Gold Single 1989
  • "First Time" Platinum Single 1989

SNEP (France)[16]

  • "First Time" Silver Single 1989

IFPI (Swiss)[17]

  • "First Time" Gold single 1989

BPI (UK)[18]

  • "First Time" Silver Single 1988


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  7. ^ "RSH-Radio Schleswig-Holstein-Gold". Archived from the original on April 6, 2010.
  8. ^ "Duets". Archived from the original on April 16, 2008.
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  10. ^ "Matlock rock band Saracen use Robin Beck for Marilyn Monroe LP". BBC News. December 9, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Beck, Robin (February 1, 2013). "Robin Beck Interview" (Interview). Interviewed by Matthew. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Robin Beck latest news". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Rock City. "Rockingham". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Beck, Robin (January 2009). "Interview with Robin Beck" (Interview). Interviewed by Brian Rademacher. Retrieved March 29, 2019. Canarsie was misspelled as "Canarsey" in the transcription.
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