Peak UK Chart Position: #7 in February 1994.

It was 1988 when Cappella first appeared on the lower reaches of the UK charts – “Push The Beat/Bauhaus” peaking at number 60 – but producer Gianfranco Bortolotti persevered with the name until striking on a commercially successful formula. The acid house of “Helyom Halib”, and the rave-tinged “Take Me Away” gave way to full-on Eurodance, and saw firstly “U Got 2 Know” become a UK top ten hit, before “U Got 2 Let The Music” become a Europe-wide success. At that point, rapper Rodney Bishop, and ex-SL2 dancer Kelly Overett were drafted in to effectively ‘front’ the operation, seeing further success with “Move On Baby”, “Move It Up”, and “U & Me”. 1995’s “Tell Me The Way” – featuring new vocalist Allison Jordan – was their last success of any note.

Quick facts:

  • “Move On Baby” chart-topped in Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and went top ten in most European territories.
  • The actual vocalists on the track were Eileina Dennis and MC Fixx It (real name Cyriel E. Ricardo Overman).
  • The track was the second highest new entry on the UK charts on this day in 1994, at number 7. Mariah Carey was straight in at number one with “Without You”.
  • Bortolotti was behind many acts and aliases, although few have had an impact on the UK charts. Those that did include Gino Latino (“Welcome” #17 in 1990), Anticappella (“2√231” #24 in 1991), 49ers (“Touch Me” #3 in 1990), and East Side Beat (“Ride Like The Wind” #3 in 1991)

This performance on Top of the Pops from February 17th 1994 is remembered for all the wrong reasons. The live vocal rule was still in force (three weeks later it would be removed), so despite Overett’s main forté being a dancer – and having got away with a reasonable performance of previous hit “U Got 2 Let The Music” – this one was to snag her somewhat.

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