La Bouche (French for "the mouth") was a Euro-dance\pop duo created by Frank Farian(of Milli Vanilli fame) in Germany whose members consisted of singer Melanie Thornton (born May 13, 1967 in Charleston, South Carolina) and rapper Lane McCray (born Lane McCray Jr on April 13, 1962 in Anchorage, Alaska).
Lane performed in musical theater and Melanie performed in talent shows and concerts during college. She also sang in a band called "Danger Zone."
In 1992, Melanie traveled to Germany and started singing in German nightclubs. Soon after, Melanie was recording demos and it was her recording of the song, "Sweet Dreams" that caught the eye of Frank Farian who took her under his wing & paired her up with Lane.
In 1994, La Bouche's first single, "Sweet Dreams" peaked at #63 on the UK Singles chart, but fared better in Germany, where it peaked at #8 on the German music charts. The song even topped the charts in Italy.
In 1995, La Bouche released their first album, "Sweet Dreams" which peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Their second single, "Be My Lover" became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #7 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
Internationally, the song was successful, topping the charts in Germany and Sweden, and was also moderately successful in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
The third single from the album, "Fallin' in Love" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #34 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #38 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The last single from the album, "I Love To Love" peaked at #6 on Australia's ARIA Singles chart, #21 on the German Singles chart, and was moderately successful on the Belgian, French, Swedish, and Finnish music charts.
In 1996, La Bouche released their second album, "All Mixed Up" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200.
A remix version of their first single, "Sweet Dreams" was released in the US and managed to peak at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's dance charts, #4 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #13 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #31 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
In 1998, the duo released their sophomore album, "S.O.S." which peaked at #194 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single, "Bolingo (Love is in the Air)" peaked at #26 on the German Singles chart, #23 on the Swedish Singles chart, #19 on Austria's music charts, and #15 on the Swiss Singles chart.
The second single, "You Won't Forget Me" failed to meet expectations in the US, peaking only at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was moderately successful in Germany and Sweden.
The third single from the album, "A Moment of Love" flopped in Germany and the US, failing to chart at all.
The last single, the title song also failed to chart at all in the US or internationally. In 2000, Melanie left La Bouche to start a solo career and was replaced with singer Natacha Wright. In April of that same year, a new single, "All I Want" flopped and Farian decided to end the group.
Meanwhile, Melanie's solo career was moderately successful. In 2000, she released her first single, "Love How You Love Me" which was successful in Germany. Her follow-up singles were also moderately successful.
In May 2001, Melanie released her solo debut album, "Ready to Fly" and continued to perform in clubs under the name "Melanie Thornton, formerly of La Bouche." On November 24, 2001, Melanie tragically died in a plane crash on the Crossair Flight 3597 near Bassersdorf near Zurich in Switzerland. She was only 34 years old.
At the time of her death, Melanie gave her final performance in Leipzig and took the plane from Berlin to Zurich for radio & television appearances to promote her album and her single, "Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)" which was recorded for a German Coca-Cola television commercial.
The commercial with Melanie's song has been aired in Germany during Christmas since 2001 and has also been in the German Singles chart every year.
In November 2002, a year after Melanie's death, the song, "In Your Life" was dedicated to her and to commemorate the first anniversary of her death. Melanie is buried in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
After Melanie's death, Lane faded away from the spotlight to mourn the loss of his friend and music partner.
These days, Lane is working with new music partner Dana Rayne and as of January 2009, they are working on new music and putting the touches on their upcoming debut album, "Life in the Fast Lane."
Lane also devotes his time to support AIDS victims through local, national, and international foundations. He is also an active member of the USANG Band of the Gulf Coast.
La Bouche's two greatest hits albums were released in 2002 and 2007.
To see Lane McCray's MySpace page, go to:
To see the music video for "Be My Lover," go to:
To see the music video for "SOS," go to:
To see the music video for "Sweet Dreams," go to:
To see the music video for "Fallin In Love," go to:
To see the music video for "I Love to Love," go to:
To see the music video for "Bolingo (Love is in The Air)," go to:
To see the music video for "You Won't Forget Me," go to:
To see the music video for "A Moment of Love," go to:
To see the music video for "SOS," go to:
To see the music video for "All I Want," go to:
To see the music video for "In Your Life," go to:
As a bonus, here are videos featuring the late Melanie Thornton:
To see the music video for "Love How You Love Me," go to:
To see a video of Melanie performing her song, "Wonderful Dream" live in her last live performance, go to: