Andrea True

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Andrea True
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Background information
Birth name Andrea Marie Truden[1] (alternative: Andreja Marija Truden)[2]
Born (1943-07-26)July 26, 1943
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Died November 7, 2011(2011-11-07) (aged 68)
Kingston, New York, US
Genres Disco
Occupation(s) Actress, singer
Years active 1972–2005
Labels Buddah Records

Andrea Marie Truden[3] (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011),[3] better known by her pseudonym Andrea True, was an American pornographic actress and singer from the disco era.[4] In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Singe Low, Sandra Lips,[1] Andrea Travis, and Catherine Warren.

As a singer, she is best known for the 1976 disco tune, "More, More, More", which peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the UK Singles Chart.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Andrea Marie Truden was born in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.[3] She attended Saint Cecilia Academy, an all-girl Catholic school in Nashville.[7]

Career[edit]

True moved to New York City as a teenager, to seek fame as a mainstream film star. While she did manage to get some minor roles in mainstream movies from time to time, including The Way We Were, the fame she sought was fleeting. When some friends asked her to join them in a pornographic movie, she went along with the idea, initially thinking of this opportunity as the best way for her to gain more experience with films and acting. She performed in pornographic films in Scandinavia in the 1960s, and by the end of the decade, began appearing in American adult films. Eventually, she performed in more than fifty hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-1980s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult film industry.[7]

During her heyday as a porn actress, around 1975, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay in Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money.[citation needed] Not wanting to lose the pay she had earned from the real estate ads, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally using that money. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More." Ultimately remixed by recording engineer Tom Moulton, "More, More, More" became a favorite in discos and nightclubs. It ultimately reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and a full album with the same title soon followed. The single also reached the charts in the United Kingdom (where it peaked at No. 5),[6] Germany (where it reached No. 9)[4] and Italy (where it reached No. 11).[8]

By the time of her singing career, True admitted she was burned out and tired of porn, saying, "I'd rather be a waitress or a typist than make another adult film," and also, "Don't think of me as a porn star anymore, think of me as a recording star. I just want to record and perform." In early 1977, True released the single "N.Y., You Got Me Dancing", from her follow-up album, White Witch. The single became True's second biggest hit, reaching No. 27 on Billboard's pop chart. In 1978, she had a second hit in the UK with "What's Your Name, What's Your Number", which peaked at No. 34 in the UK.[6] Both albums included studio musicians with a new band assembled for the tour, the second line-up, which included future Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. In 1980, she released her third and final album, War Machine, a more hard rock-oriented album; released only in Europe, but it flopped.

After her third album failed, True briefly attempted returning to porn, but at nearly 40, she was too old for a comeback. She also could not return to music because a goiter that developed on her vocal cords required surgery, essentially ending her singing ability.[9] She then lived in Los Angeles for some time and subsequently moved to New York. During the early 1990s, Andrea lived in an apartment on Manhattan's east side, and was known for cooking gourmet meals for her friends. Finally, by the turn of the century she had begun a new low-profile career, living in Boynton Beach, Florida working as a psychic reader as well as a counselor for drug and substance abusers.

True continued receiving royalties from her music, and "More More More" remained a popular song on TV and movies. True received a renewed burst of publicity when the Canadian group Len sampled the instrumental break from "More, More, More" in their own hit single, "Steal My Sunshine." Subsequently, True appeared on several VH1 specials including 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000 ("More, More, More" was the No. 45 greatest dance song), Where Are They Now and 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders (both in 2002), in which she said she wants to be remembered as a person who "gave people pleasure" — then emphasized the words — "with my music." She also made an appearance in the 2005 documentary movie Inside Deep Throat.[10]

Death[edit]

Andrea True died on November 7, 2011, at a hospital in Kingston, New York, located near her home of Woodstock, New York. She was 68 years old. A longtime friend, Louise Marsello Landham, said the cause was heart failure. In line with her wishes, True's body was cremated.[3][11] She left behind no immediate family. Her final resting place is in Cleveland, Ohio.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album U.S.
Black
U.S. Record Label
1976 More, More, More 49 47 Buddah Records
1977 White Witch
1980 War Machine (Europe only) Ricordi International

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions B-Side Album
US
[12]
US
Black

[12]
US
Club

[12]
US
Disco

[12]
CAN UK
[6]
1976 "Call Me" 5 "Party Line" (A-side) More, More, More
"Keep It Up Longer" 5 "N.Y., You Got Me Dancing" (A-side)
"More, More, More" 4 23 2 1 1 5 "More, More, More (Pt. II)"
"Party Line/Fill Me Up/Call Me" 9
"Party Line" 80 95 4 "Call Me"
1977 "N.Y., You Got Me Dancing" 27 4 89 "Keep It Up Longer" White Witch
"What's Your Name, What's Your Number" 56 9 34 "Fill Me Up (Heart To Heart)"
1980 "War Machine" "The Unkindest Cut" War Machine
"Make Music For Money" "Whatever Happened To Love"
1995 "Lovin' You" (Black Cat Mix I & II) "Lovin' You" (Fat Rat Mix & Acidiji Mix) non album

Partial filmography[edit]

  • Meatball, 1972 (as Singe Low)
  • Hot Channels, 1973
  • Devil's Due, 1973
  • Madame Zenobia, 1973 (as Inger Kissen)
  • Deep Throat Part II, 1974
  • Illusions of a Lady, 1974
  • Lady on the Couch, 1974
  • The Chamber Maids, 1974
  • The Seduction of Lynn Carter, 1974
  • Summer Session, 1975
  • Every Inch a Lady, 1975
  • Mash'd, 1976 (also director)[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pierre Perrone Obituary: Andrea True, The Independent, November 26, 2011
  2. ^ a b Marcel Štefančič jr. Amerika: Dekle, ki sem jo ljubil, Mladina, November 18, 2011 (Slovenian language)
  3. ^ a b c d "Disco singer Andrea True, 68, dies in Kingston". Daily Freeman (Dailyfreeman.com). Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Jason Ankeny (July 7, 2007). "Biography: Andrea True". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ Billboard
  6. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 568. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ a b Andrea True at The New York Times, Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  8. ^ Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. 
  9. ^ “Andrea True.” Elle.
  10. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2005-02-11). "A Cautionary Tale Arguing for Freedom of Expression". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ "Andrea True, who sang More More More, dies aged 68". BBC News. November 27, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Village People Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 

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