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Toni Basil

Knowledge Identifier: +Toni_Basil


Toni Basil

American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million-selling worldwide No. nbsp add

Category: Literature

Born in 1943.

Countries: United States (63%), United Kingdom (16%), Europe (11%)

Main connections: Devo, Nicky Chinn, Harry Nilsson

Linked to: Fox Broadcasting Company, Wesleyan University Press, Devo, New York University




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Toni Basil was born in 1943 add something


"'Antonia Christina Basilotta"' , better known by her stage name "'Toni Basil"', is an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million selling worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" from 1982 add something


Some of her 1960s film choreography work include "Village of the Giants" , "The Cool Ones" , and the Monkees's 1968 film "Head," in which she is partnered onscreen with Davy Jones during "Daddy's Song add something


It was while her family was living in Las Vegas that Antonia attended high school there; she was one of the sports cheerleaders for the Las Vegas High School Wildcats, and graduated as part of the class of 1961 add something


She was assistant choreographer on the 1964 concert film "The T.A.M.I. Show" choreographed by David Winters, which featured fellow dancer and friend, Teri Garr add something


Basil's recording career began in 1966 with a single for A&M Records which was the title song from the short film "Breakaway" add something


Harry Nilsson - Late in 1968, The Monkees' notorious experimental film "Head" premiered, featuring a memorable song-and-dance sequence with Davy Jones and Toni Basil performing Nilsson's composition "Daddy's Song


She choreographed David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs Tour" in 1974, and "Glass Spider Tour" in 1987 add something


This song is a cover of "Kitty," a 1979 release by the UK band Racey, written by British songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and produced by Chapman add something


Her single "Mickey" was installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the groundbreaking singles of the 1980s add something


Her first album, 1982's "Word of Mouth" included a second Hot 100 single "Shoppin' from A to Z," as well as three songs by Devo, with the group providing the backing track add something


In 1982, she released the single "Mickey", which went on to achieve international success add something


Issued on Chrysalis Records in September 1982, the song knocked Lionel Richie from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December add something


Nicky Chinn - In 1982 "Mickey" by Toni Basil gave the two their second American number one and in the mid-eighties they had top ten hits with Tina Turner's "Better Be Good To Me" and Huey Lewis's "Heart And Soul"


Hollaback Girl - In part because of its cheerleading motif, it drew comparisons to Toni Basil's 1982 song "Mickey"


The infectious 45 was quickly certified Gold and in early 1983 reached Platinum status for sales of over 2 million copies in the United States alone add something


Her song "Girls Night Out" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 movie "Modern Girls" add something


Basil contributed vocals for the Devo song "The Only One" in 1987, which wasn't released until 2000 on the demo compilation "Recombo DNA" add something


To date, there have been five Toni Basil best of collections released on CD. In 1999, DJ and producer Jason Nevins's dance remix of "Mickey" was a club hit in Europe and Australia add something


Basil choreographed the TV Land Awards salute to "Soul Train" in 2005, as well as the TV Land Awards salute to Sid and Marty Krofft in 2009 add something


In 2009, VH1 ranked "Mickey" Number 6 on its list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s add something


A 2012 "Dance Magazine" article cited Basil as the pioneer in merging ballet with street dance for a piece she choreographed for "Saturday Night Live," "Swan Lake," in 1978 add something


In 2017 she sued the makers of South Park over their use of the song in parodying Barack Obama's 2008 election win add something