Born to Be Alive

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Born to Be Alive
Born to Be Alive album cover by Patrick Hernandez.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 1978 (France)
January 26, 1979 (US)
Recorded1978
Length35:05 (original release)
Label
  • Aquarius Records (Fr)
  • A-Tom-Mik (US)
  • Columbia (US)
ProducerJean Vanloo
Singles from Born to Be Alive
  1. "Born to Be Alive"
    Released: June 1979
  2. "Disco Queen"
    Released: 1979

Born to Be Alive is the first studio album by Patrick Hernandez, released internationally in 1978 and in the US in 1979. It features the eponymous disco hit "Born to Be Alive" as well as a less-successful single, "Disco Queen".

Background[edit]

While a member of the French group Gold, Hernandez was signed by producer Jean Vanloo and left to Waterloo, Belgium to begin work on a solo album. In November, 1978, the album was released on the Aariana sub-label Aquarius Records (in France). The first single released from the album was "Born to Be Alive". It found immediate success throughout Europe, and in January 1979, Hernandez received his first gold record from Italy.

In early 1979, the album reached the US market with a release on the A-Tom-Mik label and later Columbia Records. The US release contained a remixed version of "Born to Be Alive" and found great success, peaking in the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at #1 and on the Billboard Hot 100 at #16. It sold over one million copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Disco Queen"6:04
2."You Turn Me On"4:37
3."Show Me The Way You Kiss"7:20
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Back to Boogie"5:04
2."It Comes So Easy"2:28
3."Born To Be Alive (New Mix)"6:05
4."I Give You a Rendez-Vous (New Mix)"3:27
Total length:35:05

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1][verification needed] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[2] 20
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[3] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 1
US Billboard 200[5] 61
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 53

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 138. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  3. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Hung Medien.
  4. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Hung Medien.
  5. ^ "Patrick Hernandez Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Patrick Hernandez Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 431. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.