Pamala Stanley

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Pamala Stanley
Born (1952-07-16) 16 July 1952 (age 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Disco, Hi-NRG
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1979–present
Labels EMI-America, TSR, Atlantic-Mirage, Beachwood
Website www.pamalastanley.com

Pamala Stanley (born July 16, 1952) is an American disco and Hi-NRG singer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. She scored several dance/club hits from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. She is the sister of folk-pop recording artist and singer-songwriter James Lee Stanley.

Career[edit]

Stanley is not known in the urban or pop markets, she is known mainly in the club/dance markets thanks to five Billboard Club Play chart hits.[1]

She first gained attention with her 1979 debut album, This Is Hot. The album was originally released in Germany on EMI Electrola (with a drastically different cover).[2] After scoring sizable chartings throughout Europe it was licensed to EMI America.[3] The album, with new cover photography, was remixed by producer Rick Gianatos and This Is Hot shot up to #16 on the Billboard Dance charts.[4] She toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and South America.

In 1983, she released her second hit "I Don't Want To Talk About It", written by her brother James Lee Stanley.[5] The 12" single was produced by Stanley and then husband Frank Mandaro for their own Komander label. It charted for fifteen weeks eventually climbing to #13 on the Billboard Dance charts.[6] After her 1983 success Stanley landed a contract with TSR Records. This led to her 1984 Hi-NRG hit, "Coming Out Of Hiding", also co-written by her brother James Lee Stanley.[7] The 12" single was again produced by Stanley and Mandaro and after fourteen weeks on the charts it peaked at #-4 on the Billboard Dance Charts.[8] Through a licensing move TSR Records owner Tom Hayden sold the song to Mirage Records who re-released the 12" single [9] as well as a 7" version [10] for radio.

Now on Mirage Records Stanley's next release was the 1985 hit "If Looks Could Kill"[11] (later covered by Heart), and used in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Raw Deal. Once again she hit the Club Play charts peaking at #-23.[12] Her next and last charting 12" single was with Paul Parker. The double A-side duets of "Stranger (In A Strange Land)" and "Running In Circles".[13] The TSR Records release peaked at #-40 on the Club Play charts in early 1986.[14]

In 1989 Stanley resurfaced on Beachwood Records. She released three 12" singles for the small independent label. "Rhiannon" (a cover of the Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac hit),[15] "Body Time"[16] and a remake of "Coming Out Of Hiding".[17] In 1990 the label released Coming Out Of Hiding...the sequel a compilation of her greatest hits and new recordings.[18] The remainder of the 1990s Stanley spent working with her band and exploring different genres of music outside the dance market.

In 1997 she released Live And Cookin (as The Pamala Stanley Band) on Shaker Records.[19] The album featured Stanley and the band covering New Orleans Blues and Jazz. The album was recorded live in and around Ft. Lauderdale Florida in late 1986.

In 2002, she released It's All In The Game, a collection of Jazz classics from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.[20] In 2006, she released a Broadway-themed CD of showtunes entitled This Is The Moment featuring her most requested and favorite songs from Broadway shows.[21] She also did a compilation CD and DVD called Looking Back: The Disco Years 1979-1989, a 15 song greatest hits package. The companion DVD is out of print and a sought after collectible.

In 2007, Stanley released a new album of original material, Seasons of My Heart.[22] The selections range from adult contemporary territory, with a little country and New Orleans jazz influence. One song from this album, (her recording of "Survive") would be chosen as the theme for several Susan G Komen "Race For The Cure" events.

In 2010 Stanley released I Am There, a collection of inspirational and Christian songs. Many of the songs were written by Stanley and her brother James. The album was recorded by Stanley and several members of her family in honor of her mother, Mary Stanley who died in 2004.

Stanley currently has residency at The Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Sunday through to Thursdays, from Memorial Day to mid-October throughout the Jazz Festival. Stanley still tours regularly and has many projects in the works, as stated on her official website, Myspace and Facebook pages. She tours extensively with many of the cruise ships and Atlantis Events.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • This is Hot (1979)
  • Coming Out of Hiding: The Sequel (1990)
  • It's All In The Game (2002)
  • This Is The Moment (2006)
  • Looking Back: The Disco Years 1979-1989 (2006)
  • Seasons of My Heart (2007)
  • I Am There (2010) (compilation CD with sisters, brother and niece) (Stanley, Rogers & Young)
  • Straight From The Heart - The Musical with James Lee Stanley and Chris Bennett (2015)

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 240. 
  2. ^ "This Is Hot (EMI-Electrola)". 
  3. ^ "This Is Hot (EMI America)". 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 240. 
  5. ^ "I Don't Want To Talk About It". 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Disco/Dance: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 240. 
  7. ^ "Coming Out Of Hiding (TSR)". 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Disco/Dance: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 240. 
  9. ^ "Coming Out Of Hiding (Mirage 12")". 
  10. ^ "Coming Out Of Hiding (Mirage 7")". 
  11. ^ "If Looks Could Kill". 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Disco/Dance: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 240. 
  13. ^ "Stranger/Running In Circles". 
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Disco/Dance: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 240. 
  15. ^ "Rhiannon". 
  16. ^ "Body Time". 
  17. ^ "Coming Out Of Hiding (Beachwood)". 
  18. ^ "Coming Out Of Hiding....the sequel". 
  19. ^ "Live And Cookin'". 
  20. ^ "It's All In The Game". 
  21. ^ "This Is The Moment". 
  22. ^ "Seasons Of My Heart". 

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