La Bouche

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

La Bouche
OriginFrankfurt am Main, Germany
GenresEurodance, house, pop, schlager
Years active
  • 1994–2001
  • 2007–present
MembersLane McCray
Belle Johnson
Past membersMelanie Thornton
Robert Haynes
Kayo Shekoni
Sophie Cairo
Natascha Wright
Deidra Jones
Dana Rayne
WebsiteLa Bouche Booking
Melanie Thornton at her final performance in Leipzig on 24 November 2001, hours before she died in a plane crash

La Bouche (French for "The Mouth", pronounced [la buʃ]) is a German-American Eurodance duo best known for the hits "Be My Lover", "Sweet Dreams", "You Won't Forget Me" and "S.O.S."[1] La Bouche was founded in 1994 by record producer Frank Farian in Frankfurt am Main. He worked together with techno DJ Ulli Brenner and producer Amir Saraf to produce the music, while American singer Melanie Thornton and American rapper and backup singer Lane McCray fronted the act.

Thornton and McCray had already worked together in music, prior to La Bouche's creation. Thornton departed La Bouche in 2000, continuing her career as a solo artist.

On 24 November 2001, Thornton was a passenger of Crossair Flight 3597 when the plane crashed in Bassersdorf near Zürich, Switzerland and died aged 34. As a tribute to the singer, Farian released "In Your Life", a previously unreleased song featuring vocals recorded earlier with Thornton and McCray. Farian released The Best of La Bouche featuring Melanie Thornton, a compilation album featuring Thornton's solo tracks alongside La Bouche hits in 2002.[2]

McCray continues to tour the world as La Bouche, keeping the brand alive.

In 2015, McCray pulled Hungarian-born singer Sophie Cairo out of obscurity to be the new official singer of the act. A new official remix titled "Sweet Dreams 2017" was released featuring vocals from McCray and Cairo.


Beginnings with Groovin' Affairs[edit]

Prior to forming La Bouche in 1994, Melanie Thornton and Lane McCray were lead vocalists in a German cover band called Groovin' Affairs. While touring with the band in various parts of Germany, Thornton also did regular studio session work with producers Amir Saraf and Ulli Brenner. Eventually, Thornton asked her bandmate McCray to join her in the recording project.

Mainstream success with "Sweet Dreams" and "Be My Lover"[edit]

The song "Sweet Dreams" had quickly caught the attention of Farian and he later secured the track through his MCI label. "Tonight Is the Night" went to Logic Records in Germany under the band name Le Click. The single was released in 1994 and was a pan-European and Australian hit. It was later revealed that the rap performance was not done by Lane McCray, but by Robert Haynes, a former member of Le Click.

It was followed by "Be My Lover" in March of 1995, which peaked at number one in Germany and Sweden, while also reaching the Top 10 in fourteen European countries. It also peaked at number 27 in 1995 and number 25 in 1996 in the UK Singles Chart when re-issued in that year.[3] "Be My Lover" went to number 1 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1995 and climbed to number 6 on the Hot 100 in early 1996. It was then re-released in the UK and reached a new peak of number 25. 1996 It went on to win the ASCAP award for the "Most Played Song in America" and sold 6 million copies worldwide. In Australia it was the debut single (before Sweet Dreams) and reached a peak of #2. La Bouche went on to become one of the biggest Eurodance groups of the '90s, with a string of hits worldwide. The debut album Sweet Dreams was released on 12 June 1995 and went to number 13 in the US, featured two more hit single releases, "Fallin' in Love" (a cover of the 1975 Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds song) and "I Love to Love".

While still with the group, Thornton had some American chart success as featured vocalist on the Le Click hit "Tonight Is the Night", which reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was included on the US version of La Bouche's debut album, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum by the RIAA and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. Thornton provided guest vocals on a lot of dance projects on single releases such as on Orange Blue's "If You Wanna Be (My Only)", Comic's "I Surrender to Your Love", 100%'s "Power of the Light", Trance-Vision's "Take Me 2 Heaven 2 Nite" and Men Behind's "How Can I".

All Mixed Up and A Moment of Love[edit]

A remix album called All Mixed Up was released on 16 December 1996. Their second studio album, A Moment of Love, was released on 17 November 1997, preceded by the singles "Forget Me Nots", a cover of the Patrice Rushen song that was originally on their debut album, Sweet Dreams internationally, "Bolingo (Love Is in the Air)", which only appears on the US album version S.O.S, released on 16 June 1998, and followed by the singles "You Won't Forget Me", "A Moment of Love" and S.O.S., being minor to moderate hits in Europe. "You Won't Forget Me" was released in autumn of 1997 and reached number 48 on the Hot 100. One highlight on A Moment of Love was a bonus track, a cover version of the Elton John song "Candle in the Wind" in a gospel version which features guest vocalists Joan Faulkner, Christin Sargent, Freda Goodlett, Rejime, The Jackson Singers, Ma Belle and label mates No Mercy, which only appears on the European album version.

Melanie Thornton's departure and death[edit]

In addition to her work with La Bouche, Thornton still provided guest vocals on singles such as Orange Blue's "Sunshine of my Life" and "Runaway" and 100%'s "The Way It Is", which led Thornton in February 2000 to leave La Bouche to pursue a full solo career. Thornton as a solo singer was climbing the German charts with her hit "Love How You Love Me". Towards the end of 2001, Thornton was asked to record "Wonderful Dream (Holidays are Coming)" for a Coca-Cola Christmas TV commercial to be shown on German television. While promoting it, and a re-release of her solo album Ready to Fly, she was a passenger of Crossair Flight 3597, along with Nathaly van het Ende and Maria Serrano Serrano of Passion Fruit when the plane crashed in Bassersdorf near Zürich on 24 November 2001 and they were three of the 24 people killed. Following Thornton's death, the single went on to become her biggest solo hit, reaching number 3 on the German singles chart.

Posthumous compilations and remixes[edit]

In April 2002, Frank Farian compiled songs from Thornton's solo album along with selections from the first and second La Bouche albums into a best of collection entitled Best Of billed as 'La Bouche feat. Melanie Thornton'. In November 2002, one year following Thornton's death, Farian prepared a tribute single entitled "In Your Life", a song which was previously unreleased. Farian combined her vocals with Kayo Shekoni's vocals from Le Click, a band which Thornton also provided guest vocals for, who completed the song with additional vocals. The single was released worldwide in 2002 and in the U.S. in 2003. It peaked at number 9 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

On 1 December 2003, Thornton's first remix compilation album, Memories – Her Most Beautiful Ballads was released, which also includes new ballad versions of La Bouche songs such as "Sweet Dreams" and "Fallin' in Love". In 2007, the second La Bouche compilation called Greatest Hits was released along with a 3-track EP, released on iTunes under the brand 'Le Click' titled Let's Click: 90's Dance Classics. These are 3 tracks from the S.O.S. and A Moment of Love album recording sessions that did not make the final cut.

As of 2018, "Be My Lover" remains a prominent media component in the events all over the world, serving as the official theme song at many of Los Angeles' highest-profile ACC events.


Current members:

  • Lane McCray (1994-2002, 2007-present)
  • Belle Johnson (2022-present)

Former members:

  • Robert Haynes (Rap performance on "Sweet Dreams" only, 1994)
  • Melanie Thornton (1994-2000, died 2001)
  • Natascha Wright (2000-2001)
  • Kayo Shekoni (2002, 2014-2015)
  • Dana Rayne (2007-2014, 2022)
  • Deidra Jones (2014-2015)
  • Sophie Cairo (2015-2021)


Studio albums[edit]

Album Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Sweet Dreams
  • Release date: 12 June 1995
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD
10 9 2 41 26 6 29 2 28
A Moment of Love
S.O.S. (US version)
  • Release date: 17 November 1997
  • Label: MCI
  • Formats: CD
21 40 194
"—" denotes studio albums that did not chart.

Remix albums[edit]

  • All Mixed Up (1996)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best Of as "La Bouche feat. Melanie Thornton" (21 May 2002)
  • Greatest Hits (2 April 2007)


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
1994 "Sweet Dreams (Ola Ola E)" 8 8 3 32 1 31 5 13 44 13 Sweet Dreams
1995 "Be My Lover" 1 2 3 7 1 1 5 1 25 6
"Fallin' in Love" 13 39 13 24 13 19 13 43
"I Love to Love" 21 6 19 27 19 30 42
1996 "Forget Me Nots"
"Bolingo (Love Is in the Air)" 26 19 15 15 S.O.S.
1997 "You Won't Forget Me" 29 80 28 24 48 A Moment of Love
1998 "A Moment of Love" 100 18
1999 "S.O.S." 78
2000 "All I Want" Non-album single
2002 "In Your Life" Non-album single
2017 "Sweet Dreams 2017" 66 Non-album single
2018 "Night After Night" 45 Non-album single
2020 "One Night In Heaven" Non-album single


  1. ^ IMO Records. "La Bouche Biography" Archived 2012-08-02 at, IMO Records' Retrieved on 08 March 2011.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 310. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (La Bouche)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  8. ^ Music Canada: Certifications Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Certifications Albums Or – année 1995". Disque en France. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Vuonna myönnetyt kulta- ja platinalevyt: La Bouche". IFPI (Finland). Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  11. ^ "AWARDS 1995". IFPI (Switzerland). Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Les charts français". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single". Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  15. ^ "La Bouche chart history". n.d. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  16. ^ "BVMI - Datenbank". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  17. ^ a b c "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1996". ARIA. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Be My Lover')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
  19. ^ "British certifications – La Bouche". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 January 2023. Type La Bouche in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ Austrian certifications Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  21. ^ U.S. certifications Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  22. ^ French certifications Archived 2011-12-12 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved July 28, 2008)

External links[edit]