Sunday, March 21, 2010

Baltimora

Baltimora were an Italian New Wave\pop group who became well-known for being a "one-hit wonder" in the U.S.

The group consisted of frontman\singer Jimmy McShane, singer\keyboardist Maurizio Bassi, lead guitarist Giorgio Cocilovo, guitarist Claudio Bazzari, bass guitarist Pier Michelatti and drummer Gabriele Melotti.

In early 1984, musician\music producer Maurizio was looking for a new music project and he came across Jimmy who worked as an EMT for Ireland's Red Cross.

Maurizio had Jimmy do some vocals and to be the group's frontman because of his appearance and talented dancing. Maurizio recruited other musicians who would appear on Baltimora's two albums.
In the summer of 1985, Baltimora released their first single, "Tarzan Boy" which became an instant hit, peaking at #5 on the Italian Singles chart and topped the charts in Canada, the Netherlands, and France.

The song was also moderately successful in countries such as Sweden, the UK, Australia, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland.

In the US, "Tarzan Boy" took a while to make an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, but during the spring of 1986, the song peaked at #13 on the chart.

The song also peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. Baltimora appeared on "Solid Gold" which furthered their success in America.
Baltimora's debut album, "Living in the Background" was released in Europe at the end of 1985 and released in the US in 1986, which peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The group's second single, "Woody Boogie" made the top 20 charts in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Baltimora's third single, "Living in the Background" peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100, but failed to chart internationally. Another single, "Juke Box Boy" also failed to chart.
In 1987, Baltimora released their sophomore album, "Survivor in Love" which failed to chart at all. The album was only released in countries such as Italy, the UK, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.
The only single to chart was "Key Key Karimba" which managed to chart in a few European countries. Subsequent singles from the album failed to make any impact. After the release of their second album, Baltimora split up.

In March of 1993, a remix of "Tarzan Boy" came back to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #51 when it was featured in a Listerine commercial. The song was also featured in the films "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" in 1993 and "Beverly Hills Ninja" in 1997.

Sadly, Jimmy McShane passed away of AIDS on March 29, 1995. Today, Maurizio Bassi continues to work as a songwriter, arranger, and music producer. As for the other members, it seems as if they faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Tarzan Boy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=_r0n9Dv6XnY&feature=related
To see the music video for "Key Key Karimba," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1xa09_baltimora-key-key-karimba_music
To see the music video for "Woody Boogie," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1xa2p_baltimora-woodie-boogie_music
To see the music video for "Juke Box Boy," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1xa06_baltimora-jukebox-boy_music

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