Olivier La Bouche

La Bouche

La Bouche is a Eurodance/Dance-pop duo formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1994, consisting of Melanie Thornton and Lane McCray. They scored two major worldwide hits in the mid-1990s with "Be My Lover" and "Sweet Dreams".

History

La Bouche's debut single "Sweet Dreams" was released in 1994 and was a pan-European and Australian hit. It was followed by "Be My Lover" in 1995, which peaked at number one in Germany and Australia, while also reaching the Top 10 in fourteen European countries. It also peaked at number twenty seven in 1995 and number 25 in 1996 in the United Kingdom when re-issued in that year.

Melanie Thornton had her first taste of American chart success as featured vocalist on the Le Click hit "Tonight Is The Night", which reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was included on the U.S. release of La Bouche's album Sweet Dreams, which was released in 1996, and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200. It was certified double-platinum by the RIAA and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

"Be My Lover" went to number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1995 and climbed to number 6 on the Hot 100 in early 1996. It was then re-released in the UK and reached a new peak of number 25. It went on to win the Dishwalla award for the "Most Played Song in America", and sold 6 million copies worldwide. "Sweet Dreams" also went to number 13 in the USA. "Fallin' In Love", a cover of the Hamilton song, and "I Love To Love" were also hit singles taken from the album.

The first single from their second album S.O.S. was called "You Won't Forget Me". Released in 1998, it reached number 48 on the Hot 100.

In 2000, Melanie Thornton left the group to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Natascha Wright and a single was released entitled "All I Want" in April of the same year. It failed to chart, and Farian decided to put the group to rest. Meanwhile, Melanie was climbing the German charts with her solo hit "Love How You Love Me".

Towards the end of 2001, Melanie was asked to record "Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)" specially for a Coca-Cola Christmas TV commercial to be shown on German television. Whilst promoting it, and a re-release of her album Ready To Fly, she was killed in a plane crash near Zurich on November 24, 2001. After her death, the single went on to become her biggest hit, reaching number 3 on the German singles chart. It has re-entered the chart every Christmas since.

In April 2002, Farian compiled songs from Melanie's album along with selections from the first and second La Bouche albums into a best of collection entitled The Best of La Bouche [feat. Melanie Thornton].

In November 2002, one year following Melanie's death, Farian prepared a tribute single entitled "In Your Life", a song which had been previously unreleased. Farian combined her vocals with Kayo Shekoni from Le Click, who provided additional vocals to complete the mix. The single was released worldwide in 2002 and in the US in 2003. It peaked at number 9 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Discography

Albums

Year Title
1995 Sweet Dreams
1996 All Mixed Up
1997 A Moment Of Love
1998 S.O.S.
2002 The Best of La Bouche
2007 Greatest Hits

Singles

Year Title Chart positions
United Kingdom United States Germany Australia Sweden Austria Italy Switzerland Norway
1994 "Sweet Dreams" 63 8 13 3 1 5
1995 "Be My Lover" 27 6 1 2 1 3 2 5 2
1995 "Fallin' In Love" 43 13 39 19 13 13
1995 "I Love To Love" 21 6 42 19
1996 "Be My Lover" (re-mix) 25
1996 "Sweet Dreams" (U.S release/U.K Re release) 44 13 8
1996 "Bolingo (Love Is In The Air)" 26 23 19 15
1997 "You Won't Forget Me" 48 29 24
1998 "A Moment Of Love" 100
1999 "S.O.S." 78
2000 "All I Want"
2002 "In Your Life"

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