Penny McLean

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Penny McLean
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Background information
Birth name Gertrude Wirschinger
Also known as Barbra Münzer
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Klagenfurt, Austria
Genres Soul, Pop, Disco
Occupation(s) Singer, author
Years active 1960s-1980s
Labels Ariola, Jupiter
Associated acts Barbra & Helmut, Tony & Liza & Penny, Silver Convention

Penny McLean (born Gertrude Wirschinger) is an Austrian born solo singer who had some hits on her own as well as with the seventies disco band Silver Convention. She is most remembered for her million seller "Lady Bump". She is also an author.

Early life[edit]

She was born Gertrude Wirschinger in Klagenfurt, Austria.[1]

Music career[edit]

In the early 1970s she was part of the duo Barbra & Helmut. They released "Hideaway" bw "Stop" on the Telefunken label in 1972.[2] Late she was a member of the trio Tony & Liza & Penny. In 1973, they released a single on the Ariola label, "Öffne Die Tür (Light Up The Fire)" bw "Der Fremde".[3] By the mid-70s, she was a member of Silver Convention, a group that also included Linda G. Thompson and Ramona Wulf.[4][5] They had hits with "Save me" and "Fly, Robin, Fly".[6] Around mid 1976, McLean left Silver Convention. She was replaced by Zenda Jacks.[7] In October 1976, her single "Devil Eyes" was released on the Ariola label.[8] Around July 1978, her album The Best of Penny McLean was released on Jupiter Records.[9] By late 1980, she was on the Teldec label roster.[10]

Hits[edit]

Her hit "Lady Bump" sold in the millions. She also had hits with "1-2-3-4-Fire", "Dance, Bunny, Honey, Honey, Dance" and more.[11]

"Lady Bump"[edit]

By November 1975, the track bw "The Lady Bumps On" was rated # 14 in the New York discos.[12] In January 1976, it was #8 on the Cash box pop singles charts.[13] In July 1976, "Lady Bump" #7 in Australia's 2S Music Survey.[14] The single itself sold 3 million copies.[15]

Author[edit]

As a popular author, she has written on spiritual and numerology matters.[16] [17] Some of the books she has written are Lass los, was dich festhält. Von der Kunst, du selbst zu sein, Numerologie und Schicksal. Ihr Leben ist berechenbar and Schattenspringer - Ein Jacobsweg der Seele.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[19]
SWE
[20]
US R&B
[21]
Lady Bump
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
47 3 59
Penny
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
22
Midnight Explosion
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
NOR
[22]
SWE
[20]
Success
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP
11 16
The Best of Penny McLean
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
Star Discothek
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
Profile
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
Lady Bump
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
AUT
[24]
BEL
[25]
CAN
[26]
GER
[27]
NET
[28]
SWE
[20]
SWI
[29]
US
[30]
US DAN
[21]
US R&B
[21]
1972 "Acapulcobanjopolka" N/A
1974 "A Letter From Miami"
1975 "Lady Bump" 1 2 15 1 4 2 4 48 1 90 Lady Bump
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 6
1976 "1-2-3-4... Fire!" 11 11 3 20 9
"Devil Eyes" 21 17
"Nobody's Child" 49 15 N/A
1977 "Zwischen Zwei Gefühlen"
"Dance, Bunny Honey, Dance" 26 17 Penny
"Mambo Mama"
1978 "Wild One" The Best Of Penny McLean
"Midnight Explosion" Midnight Explosion
1979 "Tut-Ench-Amun" N/A
1980 "Love Is Love" Profile
1982 "Words" N/A
"Wenn Die Träume Flügel Kriegen"
1985 "Don’t Ever Leave Me Now"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released.

Film and television[edit]

Film & television
Title Role Director Year Notes #
Das Wunder Woman of cards Eckhart Schmidt 1985 Actress[31][32]
Lieder gehen um die Welt[33] Singer Dieter Pröttel 1982 Made for television
Bistro Otto Draeger 1973 Television series[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kleine Zeitung (16.11.2012) Was wurde aus Penny McLean Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Barbra & Helmut – Hideaway / Stop Discogs Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Tony* & Liza* & Penny* – Öffne Die Tür (Light Up The Fire) Discogs Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Music, The Top 10 music acts of the 70s from Germany Number 4: Silver Convention Deutsche Welle. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  5. ^ GG The Show to Prise You from TV Set - The age (October 12, 1976) Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Knevels, Edmond (07/02/2016) "Men wil die schreeuw iedere keer opnieuw horen" De Redactie.be Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Roth, Robert (15 October 1977). Silver Convention. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 48–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  8. ^ Anthonissen, Jull (9 October 1976). From the music capital of the world. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 58–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (22 July 1978). The Music Capitals Of The World. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 90–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  10. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (15 November 1980). Jupiter Label Leaves Ariola For Teldec. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 88–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ Companies Expand. 90 (26 ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1 July 1978. pp. 62–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  12. ^ Disco Action. 87 (46 ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 15 November 1975. pp. 38–. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Pat Downey; George Albert; Frank W. Hoffmann (November 1994). Cash box pop singles charts, 1950-1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7. 
  14. ^ Truest, Dick (July 25, 1976). "Music Survey". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (27 June 1992). Germany/Switzerland/Austria, German Independents Do It Their Way With House, Instro's And "Nuevo Flamenco". 104 (26 ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 48–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  16. ^ Die Seele muss man pflegen (27. April 2013) Badische Zeitung. Retrieved June 16, 2016
  17. ^ Ist das Leben nun doch berechenbar?(08. April 2013) Badische Zeitung. Retrieved June 16, 2016
  18. ^ Schattenspringer - Ein Jacobsweg der Seele goodreads.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  19. ^ Top Albums/CDs - Volume 24, No. 26 March 27, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 5, 2016). RPM (magazine).
  20. ^ a b c "Sverigetopplistan > Penny McLean". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c ALLMusic Awards>> Penny McLean at the Wayback Machine (archived June 5, 2016). AllMusic.
  22. ^ Norway Charts>>Silver Convention, Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf, Linda G. Thompson - SUCCESS (album) at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2016). norwegiancharts.com.
  23. ^ IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1978 at the Wayback Machine (archived March 18, 2012). ifpihk.org.
  24. ^ "Ö3 Austria Top 40 > Penny Mclean". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Ultratop > Ultratop 50 Singles". ultratop.be. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  26. ^ Top Singles - Volume 24, No. 23 March 06, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived May 29, 2016). RPM (magazine).
  27. ^ "GfK Entertainment Charts > Penny McLean". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  28. ^ "Single Top 100 > Penny McLean". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Swiss Hitparade > Penny McLean". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  30. ^ Billboard Hot 100: Peak positions for Penny McLean Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016
  31. ^ Penny McLean - Biografia filmweb.pl Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  32. ^ Penny McLean - Filmography imdb.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016
  33. ^ Lieder gehen um die Welt moviejab.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  34. ^ Bistro - Serial TV (1979) cinemarx.ro. Retrieved June 16, 2016.

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