Anita Ward

Anita Ward

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Anita Ward
Background = solo_singer

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Birth_name = Anita Ward
Born = Birth date and age|1956|12|20|mf=y
Origin = Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genre = Disco, R&B
Occupation = Singer
Years_active = 1979
Instrument = Vocals
Label = TK
Associated_acts =

Anita Ward (born December 20, 1956, Memphis, Tennessee) is an African-American singer. She is best known for her 1979 million selling chart-topper, "Ring My Bell".


Before signing a recording contract, Ward obtained a degree in psychology from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and had become a schoolteacher. While recording her debut album, record label owner Frederick Knight presented her with a song he had written the previous year for Stacy Lattisaw. Ward did not like the song, but Knight insisted that a dance track was needed to capitalize on the current disco trend, and Ward relented. The song, which was originally a juvenile targeted tune about teens talking on the telephone, was rewritten with more 'adult' lyrics, and the result was the single "Ring My Bell" which reached number one in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom in 1979.cite book
first= David
last= Roberts
year= 2006
title= British Hit Singles & Albums
edition= 19th
publisher= Guinness World Records Limited
location= London
pages= p. 591
id= ISBN 1-904994-10-5
] Disputes with Frederick Knight, a car accident, and the fading appeal of disco music halted Ward's career, and she came to be regarded as a one-hit wonder. Only one other single of hers made the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., "Don't Drop My Love," which halted at #87.

On New Year's Eve 2002 she performed "Ring My Bell" in New York City's Times Square before a crowd of revelers as part of the city's official celebration. On New Years's Eve 2005, Ward performed in Memphis, Tennessee at Beale Street. She sang "Ring My Bell" and several other disco hits.

She has also appeared in Zagreb, Croatia on January 4, 2006, the night before the FIS World Cup slalom race on nearby Sljeme, with some other groups and singers from disco era; (Nile Rodgers and Chic, Village People, Thelma Houston and Rose Royce).




ee also

*List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
*List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of number-one hits (United States)
*List of 1970s one-hit wonders in the United States
*List of people from Memphis, Tennessee
*List of disco artists
*List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
*One-hit wonders in the UK


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