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Yazz (born Yasmin Evans, 19 May 1960) is a British pop singer, who remains best known for her successful 1988 dance track, "The Only Way Is Up". Some of her records were credited to Yazz & The Plastic Population.
|Birth name||Yasmin M. Evans|
|Born||19 May 1960|
Shepherd's Bush, London, England
|Genres||Dance, funk, Christian|
|Labels||Big Life, Polydor, eastwest, Elevation|
Yazz was born in Shepherd's Bush, London, to a Jamaican father and English mother. She attended Holland Park School, where she excelled at sports, including the 400 metres. She was also a member of the England under-19 volleyball team. After a spell as a catwalk model, she scored a number of club hits after recording with the group The Biz in 1983. Her first commercial success came in early 1988, when she supplied the vocals on Coldcut's "Doctorin' the House". She soon launched a solo career on Big Life records, a label set up by her husband Jazz Summers, releasing her debut single, "The Only Way Is Up", in the summer of 1988. It went on to spend five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, eventually becoming the second biggest selling UK single of the year. Suddenly one of Britain's biggest pop acts, her follow-up "Stand Up for Your Love Rights" was another big hit (UK number 2),) while her debut album Wanted (UK number 3) was certified double platinum in the UK in September 1989, for sales exceeding 600,000.
She had a fourth UK top 10 single in 1989 with "Fine Time", but has since recorded only sporadically. A second Big Life album, titled Revolution of Love, was scheduled for release in 1990 following the single "Treat Me Good" (peaking at number 20 in the UK). The album was shelved, however, when Yazz parted ways with the label.
Yazz signed with Polydor Records, and an album titled One True Woman was scheduled for release in May 1992 following the release of the title track, but was also cancelled. She returned to the Top 40 in 1993, performing with Aswad on the hit "How Long". Her second album, One on One was finally released in 1994, including some of the tracks recorded for the One True Woman album.
She continued to release singles throughout the 1990s, including a cover version of The Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye". In 1997, she released The Natural Life, an album of cover versions, after signing with East West Records. The album was released in Japan, Australia and some parts of Europe, but not in the UK.
During this period, Yazz began to reevaluate her career choices; she wanted to give up not only a lifestyle that included her failed marriage to Summers (their union had resulted in a daughter, Rio, born in April 1990), but also her dependency on alcohol. After she had researched various religions, a friend who used to be her hairstylist suggested to her that she try visiting her church. Soon after that, she decided to "turn her life over to Christ".
Her 2008 album Running Back to You, distributed in the UK by ICC Records, charted her spiritual journey and her new-found Christian faith. Yazz is now based in Spain, and is an active member of the Calahonda Baptist Church. She returned to Britain occasionally to promote this album, performing songs from it live interspersed with several anecdotes pertaining to her faith.
In August 2009, Yazz performed with a full band on stage for the first time in several years at a church in Southampton. In October 2010, she performed again with a full band at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, home of the Huddersfield Christian Fellowship.
|1989||The Wanted Remixes||53||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994||One on One||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||The Natural Life||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001||At Her Very Best and All the Greatest Hits||166||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008||Running Back to You||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011||This Is Love||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988||"Doctorin' the House" (Coldcut featuring Yazz & The Plastic Population)||6||45||—||40||—||11||16||20||—||33||—||4||—||3||What's That Noise?|
|"The Only Way Is Up" (as Yazz & The Plastic Population)||1||2||5||1||4||3||1||1||5||1||1||2||96||2||Wanted|
|"Stand Up for Your Love Rights"||2||22||29||4||19||10||1||6||—||8||12||7||—||5|
|"Where Has All the Love Gone"||16||83||—||—||—||40||30||86||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990||"Yazz' Megamix" (France only)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||singles only|
|"Treat Me Good"||20||100||—||—||—||55||—||48||—||—||—||28||—||7|
|1992||"One True Woman"||60||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||–|
|1993||"How Long" (with Aswad)||31||—||—||—||—||52||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||One on One|
|"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime"||56||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996||"Good Thing Going"||53||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Natural Life|
|1997||"Never Can Say Goodbye"||61||240||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998||"Abandon Me"||78||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||single only|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
- Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
- Heathcote, Charlotte (23 May 2010). "Yazz at 50: The only way is uplifting God | UK | News | Daily Express". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 613. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- UK chart peaks:
- Top 100 peaks, other than specified: "Official Charts > Yazz". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 28 February 2016. N.B. This site combines The 'Wanted' Remixes' chart data with that for the Wanted album.
- The 'Wanted' Remixes: Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts (3rd ed.). London: Music Sales Limited. p. 1213. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
- Top 200 peaks between November 1994 and December 2010: "Chart Log UK". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Doctorin' the House" "Official Charts > Coldcut". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
- "BPI Certified Awards > Search Results > Yazz". Imgur. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "The Top of the Pops Chart > January 8–14, 1989". Record Mirror. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "Yazz 'Treat Me Good' (US promotional poster)". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
- "Yazz ♥ One True Woman (liner notes from the 'One True Woman' UK promotional CD single)". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
- Life and Music of 80s Pop sensation: Yazz from YouTube
- "Yazz at 50: The Only Way is Uplifting God". Northern and Shell Media Publications. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
- "New Releases > Wanted: 3CD Deluxe Digipak Edition – Yazz". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
- Top 50 peaks other than "Doctorin' the House": "australian-charts.com > Discography Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
- "Doctorin' the House": "australian-charts.com > Coldcut – Doctorin' the House (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- Top 100 peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 307.
- "Treat Me Good": "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 02 Sep 1990 (61–100) (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 34)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 28 January 2018. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
- All solo ARIA chart peaks to 20 September 2017: "Response from ARIA re: Yazz chart history, received 20 September 2017". Imgur.com. Retrieved 28 January 2018. N.B. The High Point number in the NAT column represents the release's peak on the national chart.
- "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Yazz - Wanted". GfK Entertainment. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Dutch Charts > Yazz - Wanted (album)". DutchCharts. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "charts.org.nz > Yazz - Wanted (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "swedishcharts.com > Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "hitparade.ch > Yazz - Wanted". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "austriancharts.at > Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- Belgian (FLA) peaks:
- "lescharts.com > Discographie Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- German singles chart peaks:
- All except "Doctorin' the House": "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Suchen Nach "Yazz"". GfK Entertainment. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Doctorin' the House": "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Coldcut - Doctorin' the House". GfK Entertainment. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Irish singles chart peaks:
- All except "Doctorin' the House": "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Yazz (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 31 July 2016.
- "Doctorin' the House": "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Coldcut (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 31 July 2016.
- Dutch singles chart peaks:
- "norwegiancharts.com > Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- New Zealand singles chart peaks:
- Swiss singles chart peaks:
- "Billboard > Yazz > Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Billboard > Yazz > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 6 December 2018.