Andrea True


Andrea True
Andrea True
Born July 26, 1943 (1943-07-26) (age 68)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Pop, disco
Occupations Actress, singer
Years active 1976–1980
Labels Buddah Records

Andrea True (born July 26, 1943) is a former adult film star and singer from the disco era.[1] In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Andrea Travis, Catherine Warren, Singh Low, and Singe Low.

She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

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Early life

True was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Saint Cecilia Academy, an all-girl Catholic school in Nashville, where she was a boarding student. She graduated in 1961.[3]

Career

True moved to New York City as a teenager, to seek fame as a mainstream movie star. While she did manage to get some minor roles in mainstream movies, including The Way We Were, the fame she sought was fleeting. Desperate for work, she decided to pursue a career as a porn star. She appeared in more than 60 hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-80s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult-film industry.[3]

During her heyday as a porn actress, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercial ads. During her stay on Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose her hard-earned pay, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More."[1]

Ultimately remixed by producer Tom Moulton, "More, More, More" became a favorite in discos and nightclubs. It ultimately reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and a full album with the same title soon followed. The single also reached the charts in Great Britain (where it peaked at No. 5) and Germany (where it reached No. 9). In early 1977, True released the single "N.Y. You Got Me Dancing" from her follow-up album, White Witch. The single became True's second biggest hit, reaching No. 27 on Billboard's Pop chart. A year later, in 1978, she had a second hit in Great Britain with "What's Your Name, What's Your Number," taken from her (second) UK album of the same name. The single climbed to No. 34 on the British charts. In 1980, she released her third and final album, War Machine, a more punk rock-oriented album, which went virtually unnoticed.

True briefly returned to porn after the failure of her third album, but soon realized that there were significantly fewer opportunities in the porn industry for a woman in her late 30s. She was unable to return to music, because of a goiter that developed on her vocal cords requiring surgery, which in turn ended her singing ability.[4] Thus, she went on to live a more private life.

In 1999, True received some publicity when the Canadian group Len sampled the instrumental break from "More, More, More" in their own hit single, "Steal My Sunshine." She has since appeared on several VH1 specials including Where Are They Now in 1999, VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2001 ("More, More, More" was the No. 45 greatest dance song), and VH1's 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders in 2003, in which she said she wants to be remembered as a person who "gave people pleasure" — then emphasized the words — "with my music." She also made an appearance in the 2005 documentary movie Inside Deep Throat.

Discography

Albums

Year Album Black Albums Pop Albums
1976 More, More, More #49 #47
1977 White Witch n/a n/a
1980 War Machine (Ricordi International SNIR 25083) n/a n/a

Singles

Year Single Album Pop Singles Black Singles Club Play Singles Disco Singles
1976 "Call Me" More, More, More - - - 5
1976 "Keep It Up Longer" More, More, More - - - 5
1976 "More, More, More" (Disco Version) More, More, More - - 1 -
1976 "More, More, More" (Pt. 1) More, More, More 4 23 1 1
1976 "Party Line/Fill Me Up/Call Me" More, More, More - 95 9 -
1976 "Party Line" More, More, More 80 - 4 -
1977 "N.Y., You Got Me Dancing" White Witch 27 - 4 -
1977 "What's Your Name, What's Your Number" White Witch - - 9 -
1978 "What's Your Name, What's Your Number" White Witch 56 - - -

Partial filmography

  • Meatball (1972) (as Singe Low)
  • Hot Channels (1973)
  • Devil's Due (1973)
  • Madame Zenobia (1973) (as Inger Kissen)
  • Deep Throat Part II (1974)
  • Illusions of a Lady (1974)
  • Lady on the Couch (1974)
  • The Chamber Maids (1974)
  • The Seduction of Lynn Carter (1974)
  • Mash'd (1976)

References

  1. ^ a b Jason Ankeny (2007-07-02). "Biography: Andrea True". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p21149. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  2. ^ Billboard
  3. ^ a b Andrea True at The New York Times, accessed March 22, 2011.
  4. ^ “Andrea True.” Elle.

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