PEOPLE LIKE US
is a South African studio group formed in the mid 80's by musical producer Paul Crossley
and song writer Terry Owen
One night, while visiting the famous Johannesburg night-club Bella Napoli's
, they heard the raspy and powerful vocals of Cindy Dickinson
performing on stage and they knew they had found the voice they were looking for. They soon recorded several songs in the studio with Cindy, and released their first single 'Midnight Lover'
under the watchful eye of legendary music executive Hilton Rosenthal (Hilton would later produce the world famous album 'Graceland' for Paul Simon)
. 'Midnight Lover'
received a good response from DJ’s on the club scene and opened the door for further releases. Then in 1987 their song 'Deliverance'
was released. This would be the song to make them well known in the clubs of Europe and all over the world...
In 1987 the debut album was released titled 'Deliverance'
and featured further tracks including 'Hiroshima'
, 'Restless Hearts'
and 'Reincarnation (Coming back for love)'
, 'Midnight Lover'
and 'Fighting For Our Lives'.
Enquiries about ‘People Like Us’
came from all over the world and a tour of the UK was launched. Then disaster struck when Paul Crossley fell gravely ill with Aids at the height of their popularity. Paul Crossley died on 6 August 1989. His death had serious repercussions for ‘People Like Us’
as Paul Crossley was seen as the main driving force of the band and this dampened the future progression of the group.
During that period leading up to Crossley’s death the situation between Cindy, Terry and Paul soured and Cindy decided not to be involved with future albums. Cindy also fell pregnant with her son Danny and performing and recording would take a back burner for the next couple of years...
During 1988 Terry Owen
teamed up with another South African musical mastermind Robin Hogarth
for the work on the next album. (Hogarth would go on to win two Grammy Awards for his producing work in 2007 and 2008).
Angie Gold who was known for her hit ‘Eat You Up’ then became the new voice of ‘People Like Us’
and recorded songs including 'Resurrection'
and ‘Two To Tango’
. She also recorded the ballad ‘Prayer For You’
which was originally co-written by Cindy Dickinson.
The later work of 'People Like Us'
could not live up to the original success of 'Deliverance'
and some might speculate it was because of the untimely death of Paul Crossley or the departure of Cindy Dickinson. Another reason might be the rapid change in dance music during that time especially in Europe from a Hi-NRG and Eurodisco driven sound to the more American influenced House music style that would soon concur the dance music world.
(Original SA Album + bonus tracks)
01 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Hiroshima (never too late for tears) (6.36)
02 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Reincarnation (coming back for love) (5.43)
03 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Fighting For Our Lives (6.24)
04 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Deliverance (8.04)
05 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Midnight Lover (7.32)
06 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Restless Hearts (5.46)
special edition bonus tracks
07 People Like Us feat Angie Gold - Heart In The Night (5.34)
08 People Like Us feat Angie Gold - Fight For You (5.00)
09 People Like Us feat Angie Gold - Two To Tango (6.51)
10 People Like Us feat Angie Gold - Resurrection (6.25)
11 People Like Us feat Cindy Dickinson - Love Will Survive (5.21)
12 People Like Us - Reincarnation (Instrumental Dance Mix) (6.43)
13 People Like Us - Midnight Lover (Amor De Medianoche) (Remix Instrumental) (4.48)
14 People Like Us - Deliverance (Instrumental Dance Mix) (5.17)
15 People Like Us - The Deliverance (Instru Rap Remix) (4.42) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
People Like Us – Deliverance
(LP & Cassette – 1987)