antonia christina basilotta


On this day in music history: December 11, 1982 - “Mickey” by Toni Basil hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, it is the biggest hit for the choreographer and singer born Antonia Christina Basilotta. Written by glam rock songwriter and producers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn (Smokie, Sweet, Suzi Quatro), the song is originally titled “Kitty”, and is first recorded by the British bubblegum pop band Racey in 1979. Having previously recorded a one off single titled “Breakaway” for A&M records in 1966, dancer and choreographer Toni Basil sets aside her ambitions as a singer to focus on her career in dance, which is highly successful. By 1980 she turns her attention back to music, landing a deal with Virgin Records subsidiary Radialchoice Records in the UK. While looking for material with producers Greg Mathieson and Trevor Veitch, she finds the song “Kitty”. Basil records it for her debut album (changing the title to “Mickey” and the gender of the song to a man) and accompanying long form video “Word Of Mouth”. Licensed to Chrysalis Records in the US, the song is slow to take off, taking nearly ten months from the time it is released to when it reaches the top of the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #83 on September 4, 1982, it climbs to the top of the chart fourteen weeks later. In 1983, comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic parodies the song on his debut album as “Ricky”, spoofing the classic sitcom “I Love Lucy”. “Mickey” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.