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Taylor Dayne

Dance-pop diva Taylor Dayne (born Leslie Wonderman) had a remarkably quick ascent to stardom in the late '80s, sailing into the Top Ten with her first single, "Tell It to My Heart." Dayne began singing professionally after graduating from high school, performing with the rock group Felony and a new wave outfit called Next; neither band had any success. Once Dayne finished college, she began singing solo. Her first effort was a dance interpretation of the ballad "Tell It to My Heart"; her version led to a contract with Arista Records, who released the song in the fall of 1987. It soon became a hit, propelling her to stardom.

Taylor Dayne's first album, also titled Tell It to My Heart and released in early 1988, was a continuation of her dance-pop formula: no matter if the song was an up-tempo number or a ballad, she belted out her vocals over the carefully constructed synthesized backing tracks. The formula led to three more Top Ten singles from her debut: "Prove Your Love," "I'll Always Love You," and the number two "Don't Rush Me"; the album eventually sold over two million copies. Can't Fight Fate, Dayne's second album, was nearly as successful, spawning the hit singles "With Every Beat of My Heart," "I'll Be Your Shelter," and the number one "Love Will Lead You Back," as well as selling over a million copies. However, Dayne's fall out of the Top Ten was nearly as quick as her rise; "Heart of Stone," the fourth single from Can't Fight Fate, stalled at number 12 and only one of the singles ("Can't Get Enough of Your Love") from her third album, Send Me a Lover, cracked the Top 40 and, even then, it only reached number 20. Despite her declining sales, Dayne remained a favorite of many dance music fans, returning in 1998 with Naked Without You. Save a couple of soundtrack appearances — including a cover version of RuPaul's "Supermodel" for The Lizzie McGuire Movie — acting kept her away from music for the next few years. Reoccurring roles in the TV series Rescue Me and Cold Case along with a starring role in the Elton John/Tim Rice Broadway musical Aida led to Dayne landing her own VH1 reality series, Remaking: Taylor Dayne. In late 2007 the single "Beautiful" announced the coming of a new album titled Satisfied.


Taylor Dayne's first album, also titled Tell It to My Heart and released in early 1988, was a continuation of her dance-pop formula: no matter if the song was an up-tempo number or a ballad, she belted out her vocals over the carefully constructed synthesized backing tracks. The formula led to three more Top Ten singles from her debut: "Prove Your Love," "I'll Always Love You," and the number two "Don't Rush Me"; the album eventually sold over two million copies. Can't Fight Fate, Dayne's second album, was nearly as successful, spawning the hit singles "With Every Beat of My Heart," "I'll Be Your Shelter," and the number one "Love Will Lead You Back," as well as selling over a million copies. However, Dayne's fall out of the Top Ten was nearly as quick as her rise; "Heart of Stone," the fourth single from Can't Fight Fate, stalled at number 12 and only one of the singles ("Can't Get Enough of Your Love") from her third album, Send Me a Lover, cracked the Top 40 and, even then, it only reached number 20. Despite her declining sales, Dayne remained a favorite of many dance music fans, returning in 1998 with Naked Without You. Save a couple of soundtrack appearances — including a cover version of RuPaul's "Supermodel" for The Lizzie McGuire Movie — acting kept her away from music for the next few years. Reoccurring roles in the TV series Rescue Me and Cold Case along with a starring role in the Elton John/Tim Rice Broadway musical Aida led to Dayne landing her own VH1 reality series, Remaking: Taylor Dayne. In late 2007 the single "Beautiful" announced the coming of a new album titled Satisfied.

Though many sources say she was born Leslie Wonderman, Taylor Dayne was the name her mother gave to her when she was born, being that at the time her mother's last name was Dayne and her Father's last name was Wonderman.
When Taylor was 6 months old, her mother and father officially got married on September 7, 1962.
At the same time, unbeknownst to Taylor, her demanding father legally changed her name to Leslie Wonderman. According to Taylor's mother, this particular name change was done in order to prove that her father was in fact a demanding and selfish man. When in high school, Taylor was in a band with three other girls who called themselves Felany. Dayne even remembers one of the girls asking her, "If you could have any name in the whole wide world, what would it be?" When this question was asked, Dayne responded matter-of-factly, "Taylor Dayne." Then on March 7, 1980, 18-year-old Leslie Wonderman, as she was known back then, shocked the world when she legally changed her name back to Taylor Dayne! In the legal statement she made to the court officials, she said, "I will now go back to using the name my mother gave me when I was born, instead of this Leslie Wonderman name that was given to me by my selfish and demanding father. This name change will be done as a means for me to gain the popularity that I once dreamed of, the popularity that I so deserve, and to free myself from all undesirable relationships." In an interview with The Jamaica Star, she said, "No, it wasn't just somebody's idea. I truly am Taylor Dayne! That's really my name now. I changed it a long time ago."
Dayne was discovered singing Folk songs at a Brooklyn night club that catered to Russian immigrants.

Chubby Tavares released his first solo album, Jealousy, on July 17, 2012; a few months after Tavares, Four Tops and the Temptations toured the UK together. Preceding the album a digital-only single was released called "It's Christmas". On December 17, it reached #5 on Amazon's Acid Jazz singles chart. Both the album and the single were produced by Carla Olson, and the album was released by Fuel Records / Universal.

 

80's Hits

Tell It To My Heart

90's Hits

Can't Get Enough of Your Love
I'll Be Your Shelter

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I'll Always Love You

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