Collette Roberts

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Collette
Birth name Collette Roberts
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician, model, actor, stylist, make-up artist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–1995
Labels CBS

Collette Roberts (born 1968), who performed mononymously as Collette, is a New Zealand-born, Australian-based model turned disco, pop singer during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She had a top five single on both the Australian and New Zealand singles charts in 1989 with her cover version of Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell". Collette's rendition was certified gold in Australia by ARIA. Sometimes considered a one hit wonder, Collette had two other top 40 Australian hits in 1989 with "All I Wanna Do Is Dance" and "That's What I Like About You". She retired from her music career in 1995 and focussed on her work as a stylist and make-up artist.

Biography[edit]

Collette Roberts was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.[1] She became a fashion model and relocated to Melbourne.[2] In 1988 she started working with Guy Gross in Sydney to co-write material for her proposed solo career.[3] They recorded demo tracks, which they took to Tony Briggs of CBS Records Australia; Briggs advised Collette to attempt a cover version of one of four tracks, which included Anita Ward's 1979 hit, "Ring My Bell".[3] After recording a demo of that track Collette was signed to CBS.[3]

Collette worked with her producers, Peewee Ferris and Kirke Godfrey, on a new version of "Ring My Bell", which was recorded at CBS Studios in East Sydney.[3][2][4] She co-wrote the B-side, "Save Yourself", with Ferris.[4][5] The single was released in March 1989, which reached No. 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart and No. 4 in New Zealand.[6][7] "Ring My Bell" was certified gold in Australia by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[8]

To promote the single, Collette performed in bright fluorescent lycra clothing, especially bike shorts, bras, and braces. In September 1989 a Federal Court of Australia case, CBS Records Australia Limited v Guy Gross, heard that Gross was counter-suing for a share in royalties and costs associated with Collette's single; the court determined that "There was nothing unjust in what occurred, no reason why Guy should be remunerated by Collette for his work and no reason why Collette should not retain any benefit she may receive from CBS. The cross-claim will therefore be dismissed."[3]

The artist issued two more singles in 1989, "All I Wanna Do Is Dance" (July) and "That's What I Like About You" (October), and both reached the ARIA Singles Chart top 40.[6] All three singles appeared on her debut album, Raze the Roof (October 1989), which peaked in the top 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[6] Collette and Ferris co-wrote five of its ten tracks, with Collete writing or co-writing three other tracks.[5]

In 1990 the singer developed a new image of short hair and black clothing… she cast aside the bike shorts look in an attempt for her music to be taken more seriously. Her second album, Attitude, appeared in April 1991, which was produced by Mark S. Berry.[2] The album and its singles, "Who Do You Think You Are?" (August 1990), "Upside Down" (November) and "This Will Be" (March 1991), yielded little commercial success.[6] Collette appeared briefly as Isabelle Britton on the Australian soap opera, Home and Away, in late 1991.

Collette retired from the music industry in 1995 and pursued a career as a stylist and make-up artist. She appeared on Channel 7's Where Are They Now? in 2006, revealing that she does volunteer work at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.[9] She occasionally performs "Ring My Bell" at gay-related events wearing her original regalia.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Collette (1996) – 4-track EP containing her first four singles.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
AUS
[6]
NZ
[7]
UK
[10]
1989 "Ring My Bell" 5 4 93 Raze the Roof
"All I Wanna Do Is Dance" 12 21
"That's What I Like About You" 31
1990 "Who Do You Think You Are?" 56 Attitude
"Upside Down" 91
1991 "This Will Be (Everlasting Love)" 122
1995 "You Can Run" (with The Nation) 149 non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Steel, Gary (February 1990). "Cool, Calm and Collected | Items". RTR Countdown. 3 (4). pp. 22–25. Retrieved 1 April 2017 – via National Library of New Zealand. 
  2. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'Collette' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Davies, J (28 September 1989). "Full Case – CBS Records Australia Limited v Guy Gross" (PDF). Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "'Ring My Bell (Ring-a-ling Mix)' [sound recording]; 'Ring my bell (Ding-dong Mix)'; 'Save Yourself (Survival Mix)'; 'Save Yourself (Pow Wow Mix)' / Collette | Items". CBS Records Australia. 1989. Retrieved 1 April 2017 – via National Library of New Zealand. 
  5. ^ a b "'Save Yourself' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 1 April 2017.  Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  7. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Discography Collette". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart 1989". ARIA. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Where Are They Now Australia – Collette (pop singer)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Official Charts > Collette". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 

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