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Monday, November 19, 2012

100% Pure Love: Happy Birthday, Crystal Waters!

Dj Buddy Beaverhausen and his readers wish Crystal Waters a very happy birthday today! The dancefloor diva first took the world by storm in 1991 with "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)." It was such a massive club and radio hit, there was no escaping it that summer. It climbed to #1 on the Billboard Dance chart, and was an international sensation as well. The thing is, not many people realize the song was originally written for Ulta Nate.

See, Crystal was writing songs for producers Basement Boys, who were so taken by her demo that she was asked to record it herself. Voila! She became a disco darling overnight!

Ethel Waters
But Ms Waters is musical royalty, in fact. Her father is the jazz great, Junior Waters, and her great-aunt is none other than the legendary singer and actress, Ethel Waters. Crystal was also the youngest person ever to be inducted into the American Poetry Society, at a mere age 14.

As crystal clear as water, Crystal Waters is one of the all-time greatest divas of dance music with her brilliant, catchy songs and distinctive vocals and phrasing. She has played to sold-out shows in the UK, Egypt, Dubai, Mexico, Japan, Germany and just about everyplace on the planet. She has also scored #1 club hits with her songs, "Makin' Happy," "100% Pure Love," "Come on Down," "My Time," among others, and also charted in the USA and internationally with "Destination Calabria," "Dancefloor" and "Never Enough." Crystal was also featured vocalist on the 2011 Yolanda B Cool number, "Le Bump," which I really liked a lot. It has a retro, swingtime feel to its distinctly house music beat and came out around the same time as Gloria Estefan's "Hotel Nacional," which had a similar flavor, and I liked mixing them together. I recommend you give it a listen.

So, Happy Birthday, Crystal Waters! Here's to many more and we look forward to many more songs to inspire us to take it to the dancefloor as well.

The original video for "100% Pure Love:"

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