Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri
Kiki Dee started singing with a local band in Bradford in the early 1960s.
Her recording career began as a session singer. She released her first single “Early Night” and recorded her debut album “I’m Kiki Dee” in 1963. Her 1966 release, “Why Don’t I Run Away From You” (a cover of Tami Lynn’s “I’m Gonna Run Away From You”) was a big hit on Radio London and Radio Caroline, and her 1968 release, “On a Magic Carpet Ride”, has remained popular with the Northern Soul circuit.
In the United States she became the first white British artist to be signed by Motown, releasing her first Motown single in 1970. She then signed to Elton John’s “Rocket” label which resulted in two of her biggest hits, “Amoureuse” in 1973, and “I’ve Got the Music in Me” in 1974. She went on to have a number 1 with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” duetting with Elton John in 1976. After a quiet period in the late 1970s, Kiki launched a comeback in 1981, releasing one of her biggest hits, “Star” on the “Ariola” label, written by Doreen Chanter of the Chanter Sisters.
In 1985 she performed at Live Aid, reprising “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John and performing backing vocals on the other songs in his set. In the early 1990’s Kiki joined forces with songwriter, producer and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, who’s worked with Bill Wyman, Julian Lennon, Andy Williams, Paul Rodgers, Kenney Jones, Ray Cooper, Chris Rea and Ralph McTell. Carmelo produced some bonus tracks for “The Very Best of Kiki Dee” album, and, having hit it off musically, they took on a new musical direction together, playing acoustic concerts, starting with an appearance at The Royal Albert Hall for World AIDS Day in 1994.
Over the last 18 years, Kiki and Carmelo have successfully toured the UK and Europe with their unique acoustic-based show. Their first release in 1995 was the live album “Almost Naked”, which was recorded whilst on tour with violinist Vanessa-Mae. “It was a shock at first to perform just the two of us”, said Kiki. “I remember bursting into tears after our first tour date, but it soon felt good to have the freedom of working with just a voice and guitar and writing songs while on the road”.