C. C. Catch

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C. C. Catch
C. C. Catch in 2011
C. C. Catch in 2011
Background information
Birth nameCaroline Catherine Müller
Born (1964-07-31) 31 July 1964 (age 58)
Oss, Netherlands
Origin(Germany)
GenresPop, synthpop, Euro disco
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1983–present
LabelsHansa Records
Websitewww.cccatch.de

Caroline Catherine Müller (born 31 July 1964), known professionally as C. C. Catch, is a Dutch-born German pop singer, also known for her collaboration with Dieter Bohlen (one half of Modern Talking) in the 1980s.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

C. C. Catch in 1989

C. C. Catch was born in the Netherlands to German parents and moved to Germany in the late 1970s with her family.[1] She was supported by her parents from an early age, when they recognised her talent and encouraged her wish to be a famous singer. Her father was especially supportive and played a very important role in her successful career as her manager and tour-manager.[2]

From an early age, the up-and-coming singer took part in talent contests and was originally a member of the German girl quartet Optimal, which consisted of four female members.[3][4]

Musical career[edit]

C. C. Catch in 2002
C. C. Catch in 2002
C. C. Catch in 2006

Müller was discovered by Dieter Bohlen in one of her performances in Hamburg.[1] Bohlen signed her to BMG, effectively launching her solo career.[1] Bohlen gave her the stage name C. C. Catch,[1] the two "C"s standing for the first initials of her two first names, and "Catch" which she thought was a good idea and looked great with the initials.

In the summer of 1985, Catch released her debut single "I Can Lose My Heart Tonight". The single entered the top 20 in some European countries, including Germany and Switzerland.[5]

Bohlen and Catch worked together until 1989, during which time twelve singles and four albums were released.[1] Eight of those singles entered the top 20, whereas one of the albums entered the top 10.[6] Catch wanted to bring more personal input to her songs, but Bohlen refused. As a result, in 1989, she parted ways with him and BMG.[1] However, it took some court hearings for her to win the rights to her stage name.[1]

On a New Year's Eve television show in Spain, Catch met Simon Napier-Bell (former manager of Wham!'s George Michael). Shortly thereafter, Napier-Bell became her manager and signed her to Polygram subsidiary Metronome. Her first (and only) album on the label, Hear What I Say, was released at the end of 1989 and was Catch's last album to date. It was produced by Andy Taylor (ex-Duran Duran), Dave Clayton (who has worked with George Michael and U2), and Jo Dworniak.[1] Seven of the songs were co-written by her, in which Catch was able to collaborate more. It sold more than her previous two albums, Big Fun and Diamonds, demonstrating her abilities as an artist working on her own terms.

From this album, "Big Time" was released as a single in 1989, and peaked at No. 26 in Germany.[7] During this time, BMG also released the single "Baby I Need Your Love", along with the compilation Classics.

Hiatus[edit]

Afterwards, C. C. Catch parted with Metronome on good terms to take time out from the music industry. During this time, she focused on her spiritual growth, practicing yoga and a form of meditation; she also started writing her own songs.

At the beginning of the 1990s, C. C. Catch worked on a project by Peter Gabriel from which the song "Harmonix" emerged. It appeared on Jam Nation's 1993 album Way Down Below Buffalo Hell. In 1998, she returned to Germany, released the single "Megamix '98" and appeared on the BBC music television program Top of the Pops with rapper Krayzee.

In 2003, her single "Shake Your Head" reached the top 12 sales charts in Spain in 2003 and developed into a summer hit in southern Europe. In 2004, Catch took part in the ProSieben show Comeback - Die Big Chance. From this show emerged the single "Survivor" and the album Comeback United, on which the participating artists such as C. C. Catch, Limahl, Chris Norman, Benjamin Boyce, Coolio, Jazzy von Tic Tac Toe, Haddaway, Emilia and the Weather Girls contributed various songs. In the same year, she appeared on the US tour of pop duo Modern Talking.

In September 2010, the single "Unborn Love" was released, a collaboration with Spanish music producer Juan Martinez.

In 2015, Catch toured the United States, including Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, followed by the first major concert in Toronto, Canada in 2016, followed by a concert tour of South America in 2017 (Argentina, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia).

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[8]
AUT
[9]
FIN
[10]
NOR
[11]
SPA
[12]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
Catch the Catch 6 24 17 6 21 25 8
Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
28 40 22 44
Like a Hurricane
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
30 2 25
Big Fun
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
53 31 22
Hear What I Say
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Metronome Musik
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
75 35 46
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[8]
FIN
[10]
SPA
[12]
Diamonds: Her Greatest Hits
  • Released: 16 May 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
43 23 25
Super 20
  • Released: 2 January 1990
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Backseat of Your Cadillac
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Super Disco Hits
  • Released: 2 May 1994
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Best of '98
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
76
Heartbreak Hotel
  • Released: 3 July 2000
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Best of C. C. Catch
  • Released: 18 September 2000
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
In the Mix
  • Released: 12 May 2003
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Catch the Hits
  • Released: 16 September 2005
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The 80's Album
  • Released: 28 October 2005
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
Maxi Hit Sensation-Nonstop DJ
  • Released: 12 May 2006
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
Ultimate C. C. Catch
  • Released: 23 November 2007
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
25th Anniversary Box (5CD)
  • Released: 11 November 2011
  • Label: 4ever Music
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GER
[8]
AUT
[9]
BEL (FLA)
[16]
FIN
[10]
SPA
[12][17]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
"I Can Lose My Heart Tonight" 1985 13 24 7 19 Catch the Catch
"'Cause You Are Young" 1986 9 28 6 8
"Strangers by Night" 9 15 33 11 10 11
"Heartbreak Hotel" 8 22 23 3 13 Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel
"Heaven and Hell" 13 2 19
"Are You Man Enough" 1987 20 21 5 28 Like a Hurricane
"Soul Survivor" 17 12 1 96
"Good Guys Only Win in Movies" 1988 6
"House of Mystic Lights" 22 7 Non-album single
"Backseat of Your Cadillac" 10 23 6 Big Fun
"Summer Kisses"
"Nothing but a Heartache" 1989 39 10 14
"Baby I Need Your Love"
"Big Time" 26 22 Hear What I Say
"Midnight Hour"
"C. C. Catch Megamix '98" 1998 33 Best of '98
"Soul Survivor '98" 8
"I Can Lose My Heart Tonight '99" 1999 72 12
"Shake Your Head" 2003 12 Non-album singles
"Silence"
(featuring Leela)
2004
"Unborn Love" 2010
"Another Night in Nashville"
(with Chris Norman)
2014
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Allmusic: C.C. Catch (Biography)". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Stern.de: C.C. Catch". Stern (in German). 18 June 2001. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Flotter vierer" (in German). Düsseldorfer EXPRESS. 1984. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Die Ultimative Optimal Homepage" (in German). optimal.oyla14.de. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Hitparade.ch: C.C. Catch (I Can Lose My Heart Tonight)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Charts.de: C.C. Catch (Discography)". Charts.de. Retrieved 16 June 2014.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Charts.de: C.C. Catch (Big Time)". Charts.de. Retrieved 16 June 2014.[dead link]
  8. ^ a b c "Offizielle Deutsche Charts: C.C. Catch". GfK Entertainment (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b "C.C. Catch in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  10. ^ a b c Pennanen, Timo (2021). "C. C. Catch". Sisältää hitin - 2. laitos Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla 1.1.1960–30.6.2021 (PDF) (in Finnish). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 43–44. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  11. ^ "C.C. Catch in Norwegian Charts". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  12. ^ a b c Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "C.C. Catch in Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Hitparade.ch: C.C. Catch (Albums)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  15. ^ a b c "Solo Exitos 19592002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1979–1990". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano.
  16. ^ "Ultratop: C.C. Catch (Singles)" (in Dutch). ultratop.be/nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Hitparade.ch: C.C. Catch (Shake Your Head)" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Hitparade.ch: C.C. Catch (Singles)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  19. ^ "The Official Charts Company – C. C. Catch". The Official Charts Company. 10 July 2013.[permanent dead link]

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