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Toni Basil (born Antonia Christina Basilotta on September 22, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is not only a singer-songwriter, she is also an actress, dancer, choreographer & filmmaker.

As a choreographer, she has worked with David Bowie, the Talking Heads, Bette Midler and Tina Turner. As an actress, she has appeared in various films such as “Easy Rider” and “Greaser’s Palace.”

As a dancer, Toni had been professionally dancing since she was a child, but she began her adult career when she was an assistant choreographer & dancer on the ABC Network variety show “Shindig!” and later appeared in the 1964 concert film “The T.A.M.I. Show” (and was also the assistant choreographer).
imageIn 1966, she made her music debut, singing the title song for a short film called “Breakaway.”

During the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” Toni was asked as a solo artist to sing the song “Wham Repop Boom Bam” which came as a result of her sold-out solo shows at the Roxy and even sang it on “The Merv Griffin Show.”

Toni was also a member of the street dance group, the Lockers and choreographed the 1973 film “American Graffiti.”

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It wasn’t until the early ’80s that Toni’s music career began to take off. In 1982, she released the single “Mickey” (which was a cover version of U.K. Band Racey’s 1979 song “Kitty).

The song became Toni’s biggest hit to date, topping the charts in the United States, Canada and Australia, reaching international success. In the United States, the song also managed to peak at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The music video is well-known for Toni wearing her cheerleading uniform from high school and choreographed cheerleading dance routines. It received heavy airplay on MTV and is considered the first choreographed dance video.
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In April of 1982, Toni released her debut album “Word of Mouth” which peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was nominated for both a Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award.
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The follow-up single “Nobody” peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart, but failed to chart anywhere else.
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The third single “Time After Time”\”You Gotta Problem” didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.
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The last single from the album “Shoppin’ from A to Z” was only released in the United States and managed to peak at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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In 1983, Toni released her self-titled sophomore album which failed to chart at all.
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The first single from the album “Over My Head” peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
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The follow-up single “Street Beat” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
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The third single “Suspense” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
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The last single from the album “Do You Wanna Dance” flopped on the charts, failing to chart at all.
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In 1999, DJ\music producer Jason Nevins released a dance remix of “Mickey” which managed to peak at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. It was also a club hit in Australia & Europe.

Even Toni hasn’t made an appearance on the music charts since 1999, she still continues to be active in the entertainment business.

To see the music video for “Mickey,” go to:

To see the music video for “Nobody,” go to:

To see the music video for “Shoppin’ from A to Z,” go to:

To see the music video for “Over My Head,” go to:

To see the music video for “Street Beat,” go to:

To see the music video for “Suspense,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Wanna Dance,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Breakaway,” go to:

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