Toni Basil

  • Born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia
  • 22 September 1943
  • She is an American singer, choreographer, dancer, actress, and director.
  • She was head cheerleader at school and later wore the same cheerleader uniform in one of her music videos
  • She was a lead dancer in the 1964 beach party film Pajama Party, and a dancer in the Elvis Presley movie, Viva Las Vegas.
  • Her song Mickey topped the charts in the US, Canada and Australia and hit the top ten in several other countries. The song is a cover of Kitty, a 1979 release by the UK band Racey,
  • The single Mickey was installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the groundbreaking singles of the 1980s
  • Her video for the single “Mickey” was the first to incorporate synchronised dancing. The opening stunt, where a cheerleader jumps through the centre of a human pyramid, is now illegal in competition.
  • She choreographed, and directed the music video for Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.
  • She choreographed David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974, his Glass Spider Tour in 1987, and his video for “Time Will Crawl”.
  • Her film credits include: American Graffiti, Peggy Sue Got Married, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Legally Blonde
  • She is one of the seven original Lockers, the street dance group that toured with Frank Sinatra
  • Her recording career consists of only two albums and her biggest hit was “Mickey”

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