The Story So Far
Hazell established a formidable reputation as "Queen of the British Clubs" scoring a succession of massive club and dance hits which crossed successfully into the mainstream charts.
Although Hazell did not have her first hit untill 1984, she had already paid her dues and demands as a singer, writer and performer-her professional singing career started back in the 70's.
Hazell recorded several singles during this period, albeit without any commercial success, these singles were hugely popular on the Northern Soul Scene. Hazell developed her stage confidence with many tours and live appearances, working with some of the biggest names in entertainment and appearing at the London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall and most of the other notorious 1970 cabaret venues.
Hazell developed her singing style by performing pop and soul numbers - gaining confidence after hearing her voice recorded and well produced. She eventually started veering towards dance music, marking a new stage in her career.
In February 1984 she had her first chart entry with double A-side "Evergreen"/"Jealous Love" ,which made the UK Top 75, two months later Hazell was back in the pop charts with her electrifying recording of "Searchin" (I Gotta Find A man) (proto records)which sailed in at number 6 and remained in the top 75 for 15 weeks.
Hazell made her Gay club debut at "Heaven" in London - and things were never to be the same again
Between then and the end of the 80's Hazell became a chart regular thanks to singles such as
What ever I Do ( no 4)
Back In My Arms (no 41)
No Fool For Love (no41)
They Say It's Gonna Rain (no 58)
Who's Leaving Who (no 4)
Maybe (no 15)
Turn It Into Love (no21)
Love Pains (no 48)
Hazell was one of the first artists to work with the top writing and production team of Stock/Aitken/Waterman (who subsequently had over a hundred Top 40 hits)and her recording of What Ever I Do ( Wherever I Go) Provided them with their first all important Top 10 Hit
Unlike many of Stock/Aitken/Waterman stable - Hazell Dean achieved massive worldwide success, having chart hits across Europe, South Africa, Australia and the Far East.
However, much of Hazell's success was achieved in America. with Searchin topping the Dance Charts for consecutive 5 weeks, Love Pains was voted best HI NRG remix89 and Better Of Without You best commercial 12" single 1991
Along with being voted best female performer in the prestigious Club Mirror Awards and best live performer three times by the Federation of American Dance Club
The single They Say Its Gonna Rain became a Miami Anthem and proved to be a massively successful with the Florida dance radio stations.
In 1996 EMI released Hazell's Greatest Hits. This proved to be their most successful album in their Hits range.
1998 saw the launch of the much sought after
Winner Takes It All album ( Carlton Records)
This album of classic ABBA songs was produced by Hazell Dean and Peter Ware.........Alias Dean and Ware
Since 1991 Hazell Has been concentrated her energies on
both production and song writing with credits including-
Bad Boys inc (A and M Records)
Upside Down (World Records)
Gemini (EMI Records)
All collaborated with Ian Levine.
Other covers include
Joli Otis (Avex-Japan)
The Nolans (Avex-Japan)
France Joil (USA)
Patricia Paay (Holland)
Kim Weston -Mary Johnson-Miguel Brown-Dollar-Rose Marie and boy band Men 2 B (President Records)
A Duet of Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves with America Diva Marina on (MRK Records)
Hazell had also been recording her own songs which featured on her Hits Album Heart First (Proto Records) and Aways (EMI Records)
The Gold Collection is a solid reminder of Hazell's success in the 80's and the 16 recordings emphasise her tremendous ability to deliver a dance song in a style that has been imitated but never emulated.
Among the musical highlights are
Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
Back In My Arms Again
They Say Its gonna Rain
Who's Leaving Who
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
( Duetted with Daryl Pandy)
And the Megamix
Searchin, Whatever I Do,Stand Up
This is why Hazell Dean remains an iconic Disco Diva. Queen of Hi NRG. Empress of Eurobeat. Duchess of the Dancefloor.
Long may she reign!!