Kiki DeeUnder The Night SkyKiki
Dee was born in
Bradford in 1947 and
started her singing career
in the 1960s. Under The
Night Sky is the legendary
singers first ever DVD
and Kiki is accompanied
by Carmelo Luggeri
her music partner for the
last twelve years...
FILMED AND RECORDED LIVE at Bray Studios in February, 2007, Under The
Night Sky brings together Kiki Dee whose career spans over 40 years
and her music partner Carmelo Luggeri with an exciting 20-track set that
includes Kiki's songs, unique covers and fresh material that takes Kiki
in a new direction.
Kiki's incredible journey started in Bradford. At sixteen she travelled
to London and served her apprenticeship, recording a series of classic Sixties
records. At last, some ten years later, Kiki got her big break
and became a superstar on both sides of the Atlantic.
She tells the story of her mother's first reaction when offered the chance to
fly to New York to see her daughter perform and return
on the QE2: "We've already booked the caravan holiday, love!"
A survivor, Kiki successfully beat breast cancer some years ago and like
many people under the same circumstances she finally discovered who she
is and what she really wants from life. Her recent work with the talented guitarist,
writer and producer Carmelo Luggeri, has given Kiki a new direction an
inspiring and exciting journey during which they revisit former successes and
international hits with new interpretations. This is a magnificent collaboration
that has spawned a new collection of intelligent, well-crafted songs to enchant
both new and old fans.
sounds relaxed and contented; her voice still attractive. She puts
her heart into her singing. She has included tracks from two of her albums,
Walk of Faith and Where Rivers Meet which was the first
time Kiki had written lyrics for a whole album.
One of the best tracks on the Under The Night Sky DVD is Learning
To Fly, written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. This song suits Kiki's voice
and she sings it tremendously well. Other gems are Nobody's Child (written
by Kiki and Carmelo); the magical, emotive and unforgettable Amoureuse
from 1973 (written by Veronique Sanson and Kiki's lifelong friend Gary Osbourne);
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (A Orson/Carte Blanche) a hit duet
in 1976 for Kiki and Elton John; How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (Holland
Dozier Holland); and a song that Kiki sings with attitude, I've Got The Music
In Me (Bias Boshell).
Carmelo is a huge Peter Gabriel fan and he and Kiki included the wonderful Digging
In The Dirt as an experimental song. Kiki says it sounds different every
time you perform it. She also gives a creditable rendition of Kate Bush's Running
Up That Hill and Kate herself con-tacted Kiki to voice her approval. Kiki
is also proud of the first song that she and Carmelo wrote together, One
And Only Love. The title track, Under The Night Sky, is also a great
For the Under The Night Sky DVD, Kiki Dee's role was vocals and keyboard
with Carmelo Luggeri on guitar and vocals. They were also joined on stage for
a number of tracks by Claire Finnimore playing the viola and also by recording
artiste Annabelle Lamb.
"Kiki Dee is most definitely B-A-C-K!" MotorBar
The Night Sky was released on DVD by New Wave Pictures
and distributed by Eureka Entertainment to coincide with a 20-date tour commencing
on 17 March (2008).
An additional live set from Shepherds Bush Empire | Interview with
Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri, with detailed track by track analysis.
Part 1: Learning to Fly | Everybody Falls | Don't Go Breaking
Heart | Just Killing Time | Digging In The Dirt | One And
Only Love | Salty Water | Like Nobody's Child | Running
Up That Hill.
Part 2: Amoureuse | Amen And Goodbye | Under The Night Sky
| Oh, Life | A Very Good Year | Until We Meet Again | Everybody
Falls 2 | I've Got The Music In Me | How Can You Mend A Broken
Heart | How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).