Monday, January 9, 2012

Robey - "One Night in Bangkok"

One Night In Bangkok - One Night In Bangkok

(Debuted January 5, 1985, Peaked #77, 3 Weeks on the Chart)

American listeners probably know "One Night in Bangkok" from its version by Murray Head. While that version was the original recording and the bigger pop hit, Louise Robey (then billed simply by her last name) actually had a hit on the dance charts before Head's version went up the Hot 100. In fact, Robey's rendition debuted on the pop chart one week after Head; however, it lasted all of three weeks before falling off as Head would ride the song to #3.

The song was written for the play Chess, and included on a concept album recorded before the show was ever staged. It was written by Tim Rice, with the music coming from the two men of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Robey's version was aimed squarely at the dance clubs, reaching #5 on that survey.

Though it was Louise Robey's only song to reach the Hot 100, she was able to find work as an actress. She appeared in the TV show Friday the 13th: The Series.

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