Amanda Lear

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Amanda Lear (née Tapp; born 18 November 1939) is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model.

Lear grew up in the south of France and in Switzerland, and studied art in Paris and at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. She began her professional career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and went on to model for Paco Rabanne and Ossie Clark among others. Around that time she met the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and would remain his closest friend and muse for the next 15 years. Lear first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Music's album For Your Pleasure in 1973. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a million-album-selling disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia, signed to Ariola Records. Lear's first four albums earned her mainstream popularity, charting in the Top 10 on European charts, including the best-selling Sweet Revenge (1978). Her biggest hits included "Blood and Honey", "Tomorrow", "Queen of Chinatown", "Follow Me", "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" and "Fashion Pack".

In the mid-1980s Lear positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France where she hosted many popular TV shows. She had also developed a successful painting career, regularly exhibiting her works in galleries across Europe for the next three decades, and continued to make music, earning minor hits such as "Incredibilmente donna" and "Love Your Body". Amanda's 1980s musical output saw her experimenting with different genres and trying to revive her career by re-recording earlier hits to various levels of success. 1980s also saw her release two books: an autobiography My Life with Dalí and a novel L'Immortelle.

Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, movies and painting. Despite frequent album releases, she failed to achieve success on charts with her music. However, her television career remained successful, with Lear hosting numerous prime time TV shows, occasionally making guest appearances in French and Italian TV series. She has also performed acting and dubbing roles in independent as well as major film productions. In the late 2000s Lear would reinvent herself as a theatrical actress, performing in long-running stage plays in France. To date, she has sold over 25 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide. Lear is also a widely recognized gay icon.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 I Am a Photograph Amanda Lear 5 4
1978 Sweet Revenge Amanda Lear 5 2
1979 Never Trust a Pretty Face Amanda Lear 5 2
1979 Nunca Confies En Una Cara Bonita Amanda Lear 1
1980 Diamonds for Breakfast Amanda Lear 4 2
1981 Incognito Amanda Lear 4 1
1983 Tam - Tam Amanda Lear 5 2
1987 Secret Passion Amanda Lear 4 1
1989 Tant qu'il y aura des hommes Amanda Lear 4 1
1990 Uomini più uomini Amanda Lear 4 1
1993 Cadavrexquis Amanda Lear 5 3
1995 Alter Ego Amanda Lear 4 1
2001 Heart Amanda Lear 4 2
2001 Tendance Amanda Lear 4 1
2002 Love Boat Amanda Lear 4 1
2006 With Love Amanda Lear 5 2
2008 Amour Toujours Amanda Lear 5 1
2009 Brand New Love Affair Amanda Lear 5 1
2009 Brief Encounters Amanda Lear 5 1
2009 Brief Encounters Acoustique Amanda Lear 5 2
2010 Brief Encounters Reloaded Amanda Lear 5 1
2012 I Don't Like Disco Amanda Lear 5 3
2014 My Happiness Amanda Lear 3 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Ieri, Oggi Amanda Lear 4 1
1989 Super 20 Amanda Lear 5 1
1990 Follow Me Amanda Lear 3 1
1991 The Collection Amanda Lear 3 1
1993 Golden Stars Amanda Lear 3 1
1993 Télégramme Amanda Lear 1
1994 Indovina chi sono Amanda Lear 3 1
1995 Hits and More Amanda Lear 3 1
1997 Amanda Lear Amanda Lear 3 1
1998 Amanda '98 - Follow Me Back In My Arms Amanda Lear 4 1
1998 Queen of Chinatown Amanda Lear 3 1
1999 Follow Me Amanda Lear 3 1
2000 Follow Me Amanda Lear 3 1
2000 Made of Blood & Honey Amanda Lear 3 1
2001 28 Golden Hits Amanda Lear 4 1
2001 Essential Amanda Lear 3 1
2001 I'm a Mistery: The Whole Story Amanda Lear 4 1
2002 Divin Amanda Amanda Lear 3 1
2002 Follow Me Amanda Lear 3 1
2002 Follow Me: The Greatest Hits Amanda Lear 3 1
2002 Je t'aime Amanda Lear 4 1
2003 Living Legend Amanda Lear 4 1
2003 The Lady in Black Amanda Lear 3 1
2004 The Queen Is... Amanda Amanda Lear 4 1
2005 Paris by Night: Greatest Hits Amanda Lear 1
2005 Sings Evergreens Amanda Lear 3 1
2006 The Sphinx Amanda Lear 5 1
2006 Amanda Lear Amanda Lear 3 1
2006 Forever Glam ! Amanda Lear 4 1
2007 Greatest Hits Amanda Lear 3 1
2008 Disco Queen of the Wild 70's Amanda Lear 3 1
2008 My Baby Just Cares for Me Amanda Lear 5 1
2010 My French Italian Songbook Amanda Lear 5 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Trouble Amanda Lear 4 1
1976 Blood and Honey Amanda Lear 5 1
1976 La Bagarre Amanda Lear 4 1
1977 Queen of Chinatown Amanda Lear 5 1
1977 Tomorrow Amanda Lear 4 1
1978 Enigma Amanda Lear 5 1
1978 Follow Me Amanda Lear 5 2
1978 Gold Amanda Lear 5 1
1978 The Sphinx Amanda Lear 5 1
1979 Fabulous Lover, Love Me Amanda Lear 5 1
1979 Fashion Pack Amanda Lear 5 3
1980 Diamonds Amanda Lear 4 1
1980 Ho fatto l'amore con me Amanda Lear 4 1
1980 Solomon Gundie Amanda Lear 4 1
1981 Ça m'est égal Amanda Lear 4 1
1981 Egal Amanda Lear 4 1
1982 Fever Amanda Lear 5 1
1982 Incredibilmente donna Amanda Lear 4 1
1983 Love Your Body Amanda Lear 4 1
1983 No Regrets Amanda Lear 5 1
1984 Assassino Amanda Lear 4 2
1984 Ritmo Salsa Amanda Lear 4 1
1985 No Credit Card Amanda Lear 3 1
1985 Women Amanda Lear 3 1
1986 Les femmes ! Amanda Lear 3 1
1987 Aphrodisiaque Amanda Lear 4 1
1987 Follow Me (new mix) Amanda Lear 4 1
1987 Wild Thing Amanda Lear 4 1
1988 Inch'allah - ca va? Amanda Lear 3 1
1988 Thank You Amanda Lear 1
1988 Tomorrow / Inch'allah - Ça Va CCCP Fedeli alla linea & Amanda Lear 2
1989 Follow Me - Gold Amanda Lear 5 1
1989 Métamorphose Amanda Lear 5 1
1990 L'ecole d'amour Amanda Lear 4 1
1992 Fantasy Amanda Lear 5 2
1995 Everytime You Touch Me Amanda Lear 5 1
1995 Peep! Amanda Lear 3 1
1996 Angel Love Amanda Lear 5 1
1998 Blood and Honey (New remix '98) Amanda Lear 4 1
2002 I Just Wanna Dance Again Amanda Lear 5 2
2005 Copacabana Amanda Lear 3 1
2005 Paris by Night Amanda Lear 5 2
2006 Queen of Chinatown 2006 Djenetix feat. Amanda Lear 1
2009 Someone Else's Eyes Amanda Lear feat. Deadstar 5 1

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