Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora (born Pia Alfreda Schipini on May 4, 1954 in Hoboken, New Jersey) may be well-known as an actress, but let's not forget about her moderately successful singing career in which she managed to score a few minor hits during the 80's.

As a child, Pia started acting and in 1964, she starred in the movie, "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" as a young Martian girl. Pia was also well-known as the Dubonnet girl and in 1982 & 1983, she starred in low underrated movies such as "The Lonely Lady," "Butterfly," and "Fake Out." In the late 70's\early 80's, Pia released a few country music singles which were moderately successful.
In 1982, Pia released her debut album, "Pia" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart. The first single from the album, "I'm in Love Again" managed to peak at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1983, Pia released her well-known and biggest hit to date, "The Clapping Song" peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A year later in 1984, Pia released her sophomore album, "Let's Dance Tonight" which also didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "When the Rain Begins to Fall" with singer Jermaine Jackson was also a hit, peaking at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100, #61 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. Internationally, the song topped the French, Dutch, German, and Swiss Singles chart.
The follow up singles from the album failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts, even though one of the singles, "Rock it Out" received a Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Vocal Female Performance."


In 1985, Pia released her third album, "Pia and Phil" which featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The album managed to chart at #113 on the Billboard 200. One single, "Come Rain, Come Shine" was released, but failed to chart.
In 1986, Pia released her fourth album, "I Am What I Am" which failed to chart on the Billboard 200 chart. The title song was released as a single, but didn't chart at all.
Two years later in 1988, Pia released her fifth album, "When the Lights Go Out" which once again failed to chart. Pia worked with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on the album. The album was released only in Europe.
The single from the album, "Dance Out of My Head" was released, but didn't chart despite top producers and remixes made by Shep Pettibone & Ben Liebrand.


In 1989, Pia released her sixth album, "Pia Z" which didn't chart at all. The first and only single, "Heartbeat of Love" peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in March of 1990. Another album, "Today" was recorded and released, but it only got a limited promotional release.
In 1993, Pia released a promo album, "Only For Romantics." It's unknown how well-received it was and it's very rare & hard to find. During that same year, a compliation album of Pia's music, "The Platinum Collection" was released. Pia continued acting, starring in the film "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" and guest-starring on an episode of "Frasier" in 1999.

Pia is twice-divorced with three children and lived in the Pickfair mansion in Beverly Hills until late 2005\early 2006. She is also a contributor to the Republic and Democratic political candidates. She won a Golden Globe Award for her role in the 1981 movie, "Butterfly" and received numerous Golden Raspberry awards and nominations.

To see the music video for "The Clapping Song," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6bGsjQ6Mo

To see a video of Pia performing "I'm in Love Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYIgUxyi_Ls

To see the music video for "Rock it Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek-EWNSdkM8

To see the music video for "Dance Out of My Head," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h13AibLgk0

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