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GenresPop, disco, rock'n Roll, pop-rock
Years active1979-2002
LabelsCarrere Records, RGE [pt], RCA Victor, Polygram, Polydor, Mercury Records.
Past membersJean Patrick Baptiste
Annette Eltice

Ottawan was a pop music duo, who had the hit singles "D.I.S.C.O." and "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" in the early 1980s. Fronted by Caribbean-born Patrick Jean-Baptiste and Annette Eltice, they were masterminded through a cooporation between French producer Daniel Vangarde and Belgian producer Jean Kluger.


In 1979 Ottawan was founded by record producers Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger and fronted by male singer Patrick Jean-Baptiste and female singer Annette Eltice. Kluger and Vangarde had also scored hits with The Gibson Brothers and Sheila B. Devotion.[1]

In the United Kingdom they had two Top 10 hits. "D.I.S.C.O." (the act's debut single) reached number two in September 1980, while "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" peaked at number three a year later.[2] "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" reached #1 in New Zealand during 1982, staying there for eight weeks.[3] In France, their single "You're OK" (French title "T'es OK") is one of the Top 50 best-selling singles of all time.[4] The duo recorded in French as well as English.

Patrick Jean-Baptiste left the group soon afterwards and attempted a comeback under the new name Pam 'n Pat, to little success. Esther de Bijl formed the new Ottawan line up together with New York-based C. Robert Walker. They are still touring the world to this day.

Cover versions[edit]

The duo’s hits have been covered a number of times.

The Canadian band Sway had a #7 hit in Canada in 1988 with their cover of "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)".[5]

The Norwegian band Hype [no] had a #10 hit in Norway and #7 hit in Finland in 1995 with their cover of "Hands up".

The Swedish band Army of Lovers had a #44 hit in Sweden in 2001 with their cover of "Hands Up".[6]

The Israeli band The Young Professionals had a #53 hit in France in 2012 with their version of "D.I.S.C.O.".[7]



Year Album GER
1980 D.I.S.C.O. 30
1981 2 18


Year Single UK
1979 "D.I.S.C.O." 2 2 1 2 1 4 2
1980 "You're OK" 56 17
"Shalalala Song" 73
"Haut Les Mains (Donne-moi Ton Cœur)" 32
1981 "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" 3 2 5 4 1 3 1
"Crazy Music" 26 19
"Qui va garder mon crocodile cet été?" 23
"Help, Get Me Some Help" 49
1982 "Hello Rio!"
"Top Secret"


  1. ^ Allmusic - Ottawan
  2. ^ a b Official UK Charts - Ottawan
  3. ^ New Zealand Charts - "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" chart run
  4. ^ Infodisc - French top selling singles
  5. ^ "Canadian Singles Chart for March 26, 1988". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ Hands Up (Song)
  7. ^ - The Young Professionals - TYP D.I.S.C.O. (in French)
  8. ^ a b c "Ottawan discography". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  9. ^ Dutch charts. "Ottawan discography". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  10. ^ Ultratop. "Ottawan discography". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  11. ^ Norwegian "Norwegian chart details". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  12. ^ Austrian "Austrian chart details". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  13. ^ Irish "Irish chart details". Retrieved 29 October 2013.

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