Calling Geri Halliwell



” Calling ” is by Geri Halliwell ( Geraldine Estelle ” Geri ” Horner ), the English pop singer-songwriter, clothes designer, author and actress.
Geri, also known as Ginger Spice, was part of the girl group The Spice Girls. The group sold over 80 Million records worldwide, a feat that has earned them a place as one of the selling girl groups of all time.
” Calling ” was written by Geri Halliwell and Peter-John Vettese. Peter is a British keyboardist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. He answered an ad placed in the British weekly music newspaper Melody Maker which was advertising for a keyboard player. The advert turned out to be for Jethro Tull, the progressive rock band.
In 1982 Peter joined Jethro Tull and toured extensively with the band. Peter has worked with many artists from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, Cher, Foreigner, Carly Simon and Clannad to Gary Barlow, Annie Lennox and Melanie C.
Production for the single was by Stephen Lipson, the English record producer/engineer, guitarist and songwriter. He has produced for artists like Annie Lennox, Will Young and Pharrell Williams.
In 2014 he produced the UK Number One official single for Children in Need called ” Wake Me Up “, part of Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir.
” Calling ” was released on the 26th of November 2001 by record label EMI ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the third and last single from Geri’s second album, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster.
The album was not as commercially successful as Geri’s debut album, Schizophonic. However, it did sell 1.5 million copies worldwide and yielded a Number One single ” It’s Raining Men “, a cover of the 1982 hit by The Weather Girls, which sold six million copies.
The accompanying black and white music video was directed by Pierluca DeCario. He studied at Milan’s European Institute for Design before heading to Los Angeles in 1986. He has worked with many musicians and singers including Geri, Julio Iglesias and John Mellencamp.
” Calling ” had limited success due to poor promotion. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 8th of December 2001 and reached a peak of number seven. It spent one week in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A

UK Highest Chart Position: 7

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Russian Singles Chart 1, Czech Singles Chart 2, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 6, Portuguese Singles Chart 9, Slovenian Singles Chart 10, Belgium Singles Chart (Wallonia) 11, Greek Singles Chart 14, Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 18, Romanian Singles Chart 19, Swiss Singles Chart 21, French Singles Chart 21, Austrian Singles Chart 28, Italian Singles Chart 26, Irish IRMA Singles Chart 37, German Singles Chart 48

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