JANET KAY (born 17 January 1958) is a British vocalist best known for
her 1979 lovers rock hit "
Silly Games ".
* 1 Biography
* 2 Discography
* 2.1 Albums
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Janet Kay Bogle was born in North West
London , on 17 January 1958.
She was discovered singing impromptu at a rehearsal studio by Tony
"Gad" Robinson, the keyboardist from Aswad , who recommended Kay to
Alton Ellis . The Jamaican-born Ellis, a successful rocksteady
vocalist, had relocated permanently to London, where he continued to
be involved with reggae music and was looking for a female vocalist to
record a reggae cover of
Minnie Riperton 's song "Lovin\' You ". In
1978 Kay recorded "I Do Love You " and "That's What Friends Are For".
The single "
Silly Games ", written and produced by
Dennis Bovell , was
released in 1979 and became a hit across Europe, reaching No. 2 in the
UK Singles Chart . The chart success of "Silly Games" led to Kay
Top of the Pops , then the BBC's flagship music
programme. She played the character Angel in the UK sitcom No Problem!
, created by the Black Theatre Co-operative and broadcast on Channel 4
(1983–85). While on the programme, she enjoyed a further club hit
with "Eternally Grateful" in 1984, although the single never made the
UK Top 100.
Kay has recorded, and co-produced her seventh album for Sony Music
Japan . It was released on 18 June 2003, and is entitled Lovin' You
… More. The popularity of the song "Lovin' You" in
Japan is so
strong that she was asked to record it again for this album (for the
third time). That version was produced by Omar .
"Silly Games" first hit the UK charts in 1979, and appeared again in
1990 as a re-recording, billed as by
Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay,
which reached No. 22. A remix version of Kay's original recording
spent three weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 62.
Kay is credited as producer on "Missing You", recorded by Aswad .
Silly Games (1979, Arawak)
Lovin' You (1991,
Sony Music Japan
Sony Music Japan )
* Love You Always (1993, Sony Music Japan)
* For the Love of You (1994, Sony Music Japan)
* In Paradise (1996, Sony Music Japan)
* Making History (1998, Sony Music Japan)
* Through the Years (1999, Sony Music Japan)
Lovin' You ... More (2003, Sony Music Japan)
* Idol Kay (2012, Universal Music