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Robin Beck (born November 7, 1954, Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer. She topped the singles chart in the UK in 1988, and Germany in 1989 with her single "First Time", which had come to the public's attention via its use in a Coca-Cola commercial.
Prior to this achievement, she had spent time as a backing singer, supporting the efforts of Melissa Manchester, Chaka Khan, and Leo Sayer. She also sang on radio jingles for Jam Creative Productions, in particular "the ultimate one" for BBC Radio One in the UK. Her first album was released in 1979, and featured Irene Cara and Luther Vandross on backing vocals. However, her subsequent debut album's songs failed to achieve commercial success in the United Kingdom, although it later spawned "Save Up All Your Tears" which hit the Top 10 in Germany.
Her major hit coincided with a unique chart confluence; after waiting thirty-five years for the first instance of three consecutive female vocalists at the top of the UK Singles Chart, she completed the second such occurrence in under a year. The first sequence was Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Kylie Minogue in 1988; the second threesome consisted of Whitney Houston, Enya and Robin Beck. She qualifies as a one-hit wonder in the UK, as "First Time" is her only single to reach their chart. This is not the case in Germany, where "Save Up All Your Tears" reached number 10, and she had at least three other chart singles. The German success of "First Time" won Beck a 1990 RSH Gold award, given annually by a German radio station since 1988 on the basis of major regional airplay success.
Her album Trouble Or Nothin' was produced by Desmond Child and featured songs by Child, Diane Warren, Holly Knight, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. Despite their track record of success in the US, Beck's material did not find success. The song, "Hide Your Heart", charted in both the US and the UK as a single by KISS the same year as Beck's version was released. It was also recorded that year by Ace Frehley and Molly Hatchet, and was the title track of Bonnie Tyler's album of the previous year. Two other songs from the Beck album were released as singles by Tyler — "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" (1986) and "Save Up All Your Tears" (1988) — and one by John Waite, "Don't Lose Any Sleep" (1987). Despite the songwriters' hit track records, none of those songs were major hits in the US in any of their versions. "A Crazy World Like This", co-written by Neil Giraldo, had been an album cut for Pat Benatar.
Beck went on to record further solo work with noted writers, which was best received in Germany, and continued to do guest vocal spots on other artists' albums, including a duet with Stan Bush. After a hiatus, she returned in 2003 with her first album in nine years, and has followed that up with a new album every couple of years since.
Robin and her husband James Christian sang a duet on the song "Easy's Getting Harder" on Tommy Denander's 3rd Radioactive album "Taken" in 2005.
In 2006, the Swedish dance outfit Sunblock sampled "First Time" for their dance track "First Time". Beck could be seen performing this song, which was released on the 21 May, and reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. 2007 saw the release of Livin' On a Dream.
Her album Trouble Or Nothing - 20th Anniversary Edition, was released in February 2009, which featured new recordings of original album tracks, plus four new songs co-written with Tommy Denander who also handles guitars on the whole album as well as co-producing the new tracks.
In 2009, she recorded three tracks as special guest on Impulsia's debut album Expressions: "Fly Away", "Alone" and "Seas To Cross".
Beck's most recent accomplishment is her album, The Great Escape.
In 2010, she also recorded a track as lead vocalist for the debut album of the Italian project Shining Line.
In 2011 she recorded vocals for British NWOBHM band Saracens album Marilyn depicting the life of Marilyn Monroe. It was released in September 2011.
In 2013 she will release her album Underneath. This was released 12th August 2013 in the UK and 15th August in Europe.
Robin Beck was interviewed most recently in 2013 by Paradise Rock.
- "Sweet Talk" (1979)
- "First Time" (1988) West Germany #1, UK #1, Austria #1, Switzerland #1, Norway #1, Sweden #2, France #4
- "Save Up All Your Tears" (1989) Germany #10, Switzerland #5, Sweden #17, Austria #27, UK #84
- "Tears in the Rain" (1989) Germany #22, Switzerland #21
- "Don't Lose Any Sleep" (1990)
- "Hide Your Heart" (1990)
- "In My Heart to Stay" (1992) Germany #55
- "Gonna Take a Lifetime" (1993)
- "Love Yourself" (1993)
- "Close to You" (1994) Germany #79
- "If Lovin' You Is Wrong" (1994)
- "Jewel in My Crown" (1999)
- "Shut Up and Kiss Me" (1999)
- "First Time" (DJ Unique) (2003) Switzerland #61
- "My Life" (2003)
- "First Time" - Sunblock featuring Robin Beck - (2006), Finland #6, Spain #8, UK #9, Ireland #10, Netherland #13, Sweden #23
- Sweet Talk (Mercury 1979) - (Debut album featuring Irene Cara and Luther Vandross on backing vocals with some of the songs)
- Trouble or Nothin' (Mercury 1989) Germany #18, Switzerland #16, Sweden #23,
- Human Instinct (DSB 1992), Austria #23
- Can't Get Off (Eastwest 1994)
- Wonderland (Reality/Sony 2003)
- Do You Miss Me (2005)
- Livin' on a Dream (2007)
- Trouble or Nothing - 20th Anniversary Edition (2009) [re-recordings plus four new songs]
- The Great Escape (2011) Europe/UK/US
- Underneath (2013) Europe/UK/US
- Pupo - Tornerò (1998) - Duet on track 1: "Non è un Addio (Goodybye Is Not Forever)"
- Impulsia - Expressions (2009)
- Shining Line - Shining Line (2010) - Lead Vocals: Track 5: "Heat of the Light"
- Shanghai - Bomb's Away (2001) - Lead Vocals Duet: Track 3: "Through These Eyes"
- Saracen - "Marilyn (2011)" - Lead vocals on 5 tracks
RSH-GOLD - Radio Schleswig-Holstein-Musikpreis (Germany)
- Best Newcomer 1989 for "First Time"
- "First Time" Gold Single 1989
- "First Time" Platinum Single 1989
- "First Time" Silver Single 1989
- "First Time" Gold single 1989
- "First Time" Silver Single 1988
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 51. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Reference to jingle package
- JAM Creative Productions - The Ultimate One demo
- Robin Beck_Sweet Talk
- Schleswig-Holstein: www.kultur.schleswig-holstein.de
- The Official Robin Beck Website
- Robin Beck_Livin On A Dream
- Steffen Hung. "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
Paradise Rock interview http://www.paradiserock.co.uk/interviews/robin-beck-interview/