For their first album “Whose Side Are You On?” they hired unknown polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska. Her vocal arrangements gave the album a jazzy dimension with hits like “Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed” “Yeh Yeh” and “Half A Minute” and turned Matt Bianco into one of the biggest acts of 1984’s Europe. The band name suggests that Matt Bianco is a personal name, but Matt is “a made up spy, a secret agent; we loved spy TV themes and film scores.”

Mark Reilly, now without a musical partner, found keyboard player and session musician Mark Fisher and recorded the next (self titled) Matt Bianco album, followed by a European tour that saw them perform in front of more than 250,000 people. Now Matt Bianco was a household name in Europe and Warner Brothers thought it was time to get them into the U.S. market.

They hired Gloria Estefan’s husband and producer Emilio Estefan and recorded Indigo, with the singles. “Don’t Blame It On That Girl” and “Good Times”, released in 1988. Another song, “Wap Bam-Boogie,” became European dance single of the year.

After another album with Warner Brothers – “Samba In Your Casa” (1991), they split from their record company and went freelance: From now on they would record their albums in their own studios and then offer them to independent distributors worldwide.

This way, they had total artistic freedom but still scored contracts with ZYX Music and Intercord in Europe, and JVC-Victor in Asia. They created a loyal fan base in Japan and the rest of Asia and the albums “Another Time Another Place,” “Gran Via”, “World-Go-Round”, “A/Collection”, “Rico” and “Echoes” were very successful.



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