Q. The album “she” contained the singles “Tango” and “Black on Black”, which were this artist’s most successful singles. Her songs have been covered by Heart, Queensryche, Helix and Melissa Manchester. Name the artist.
A. Dalbello (born 22 May 1959 as Lisa Dal Bello) is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and voice actress. She released three albums in the pop and pop/rock genre in her late teens, from 1977 through 1981 under her full name. In 1984, she re-emerged as Dalbello, with an edgier brand of alternative rock.
Signing with MCA Records out of L.A. when she was 17, Dalbello’s self-titled debut album in 1977, produced by David Foster, won her a 1978 Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year. Despite her win, however, MCA dropped her from the label because the album’s production had been too expensive. She formed her own label, Talisman Records, to release her second album Pretty Girls, and received her second Juno nomination in 1979 in the category of Female Vocalist of the Year.
After Dalbello’s third album, Drastic Measures, she took a break from recording to re-evaluate her creative and personal priorities and to work on her poetry. Dalbello received a Juno nomination in 1980 for Female Vocalist of The Year and in 1983 was again nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
In 1985, Dalbello was nominated for a seventh Juno in the category of Female Vocalist of the Year.
In 1986, Dalbello wrote the song “Black on Black” for the 9 1/2 Weeks soundtrack.
EMI released the album she in 1987. The album’s singles, “Tango” and “Black on Black”, were Dalbello’s biggest hits. The success of she allowed her to tour extensively, particularly through Europe. After the album’s release, Dalbello ended her contract with Capitol Records and decided to relocate to Los Angeles in 1990.
During her time in L.A., Dalbello spent the next four years expanding her musical contacts and writing songs for other artists such as Branford Marsalis and Julian Lennon, and co-writing with successful songwriters Carole Bayer Sager, Frannie Golde, Bruce Roberts, Holly Knight and Gerald O’Brien.
In addition to having appeared on Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson’s solo album Victor, contributing the lead vocal to the song “Start Today”, and having recorded duets with Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Boz Scaggs (“Miss Sun” from his 1980 album “Hits”), her vocals have appeared on records for Cher, Richard Marx, Heart, Alice Cooper, Patti LaBelle, Toto, Nena (for whom she wrote an entire translation album It’s All in the Game) and Canadian artists Rough Trade, Kim Mitchell, Alex Lifeson and Glass Tiger.
*MA note – recently when Gowan was in Sarnia playing at The Imperial Theatre, his back up singer was in shopping. She bought several DalBello used vinyls. She informed me that Lisa is doing very well getting lots of work in commercials in Toronto.