” Are You Ready For Love ” is by Elton John ( Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE ), the English singer, pianist and composer. Elton and his friends formed a band called Bluesology 1962. He took the name ” Elton John ” as a tribute to two members of the group, saxophonist Elton Dean and vocalist Long John Baldry.
In 1967, Elton answered an advertisement in the New Musical Express ( NME ), a British music magazine. The ad had been placed by the A&R manager for Liberty Records, Ray Williams. At the meeting, Elton was handed a stack of lyrics written by a then-unknown lyricist called Bernie Taupin, who had also answered the same ad.
Elton wrote music to accompany the lyrics he’d been handed by Ray; he then mailed the music to Taupin. The result was to become one of the best selling music partnerships in music history and one that continues today. To date the collaboration has produced over 30 Albums, with sales more than 300 million records, making Elton John one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
” Are You Ready For Love ” was written by Thom Bell, LeRoy Bell and Casey James. Production for the single was by Thom Bell. Thom ( Thomas Randolph Bell ) is a Jamaican-born American songwriter, arranger and record producer. The classically trained musician is best known for being one of the creators of Philadelphia soul in the 70s. Along with working with Elton, he has worked with the likes of The Spinners, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, Deniece Williams and James Ingram.
The song was initially released on the 31st of May 1979 by record label Rocket ( The Island Def Jam Music Group ) and featured on the EP The Thom Bell Sessions ( internationally known as The Thom Bell Sessions ’77 ). The original 1979 release only reached number forty-two on the UK Singles Chart.
In 2003 ” Are You Ready For Love ” was remixed by British music DJ, producer and remixer, Ashley Beedle, who was also a member of X-Press 2. The remix was released on 12-inch vinyl on the 25th of August 2003.
Although Ashley’s remix didn’t change much of the original, the song took off in the clubs. The single had a further boost when it was used by broadcaster SKY TV for their football coverage.
British DJ Fatboy Slim ( Norman Cook ) heard the single and released it via his record label Southern Fried Records. For the limited first run, 6000 copies were pressed on pink vinyl as a 12-inch single. Sales were swift and the whole first run sold out, enough for it to enter the UK Singles Chart at number sixty-six. Following the exposure on SKY TV, it was then produced on CD.
The accompanying music video was directed by Kate Dawkins and produced in a 1970s retro style. The acclaimed designer and director, has also worked on live events for top brands like Nike, Jaguar Land Rover, Samsung and MTV European Music Awards. Her company, Kate Dawkins Studio, was commissioned to create a series of films for a monster 100ft wide backdrop for Elton’s The Red Piano show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
” Are You Ready For Love ” was a commercial success the second time around for Elton John. In the United States, it reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
In the United Kingdom, it reached Number One, spending one week at the top of the UK Singles Chart and giving Elton his fifth UK Number One.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 78, Austria 49, Germany 75, France 60, Denmark 13, Ireland 4
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