Peak UK Chart Position: #25 in October 1988.
On the birthday list for today is Norma Sabrina Salerno – better known as, simply, Sabrina – who turns 49 today. Born in Genoa, Italy, she came to prominence in the UK in 1988 with the track “Boys (Summertime Love)” which had appeared on her debut self-titled album released a year previous in Italy. The track managed to top the chart in France and Switzerland, whilst reaching number three in the UK and top five in most other countries. As well as being a catchy singalong pop song, it was accompanied by a rather memorably revealing video.
Follow-up “All Of Me” (sometimes subtitled “Boy Oh Boy”) was produced by an imperial phase Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and was the first single from her second album “Super Sabrina”. Despite the high profile, it stalled at number 25, and was her final chart success in the UK. Not so on the continent, where she had several more successes, and retained a high profile courtesy of various television hosting roles, a spot of theatre and movie acting, and continued live performances.
“All Of Me” saw its biggest success in Finland, where it reached number two. In 2010, she released a duet with Samantha Fox, a cover of Blondie’s “Call Me”, which reached number four in her native Italy.
Here is “All Of Me”, performed in 1989 on an uncredited television show in 1989, benefiting from an extremely hyper audience – but suffering from a rather randomly abrupt fade at the end.