Dale Bozzio

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Dale Bozzio
Born(1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 57)
GenresRock, New Wave, synthpop
Occupationssinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1976–present
Associated actsFrank Zappa, Missing Persons, Prince, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio
 
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Dale Bozzio
Born(1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 57)
GenresRock, New Wave, synthpop
Occupationssinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1976–present
Associated actsFrank Zappa, Missing Persons, Prince, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio

Dale Frances Bozzio (née Consalvi; born March 2, 1955) is an American progressive rock and new wave vocalist. She is best known as co-founder and lead singer of the 1980s pop/new wave band Missing Persons. She is also known for her work with Frank Zappa. In her solo career, Bozzio released three albums and one EP. While with Frank Zappa, she performed significant roles in two of his major works, Joe's Garage, and Thing-Fish.

In 1980, Bozzio co-founded the new wave band Missing Persons with former Zappa musicians Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio. She became known for colorful, self-designed stage attire incorporating various plastics and tubing, and for a vocal style that features a high pitched flourish or 'squeak'.[1] In addition to being the band’s lead vocalist, she also contributed appreciably to song lyrics. Missing Persons released one EP and six albums, including Spring Session M, which achieved gold record status.

After Missing Persons disbanded in 1986, Bozzio was signed to Prince's Paisley Park label, which released her first solo album, Riot In English. Its first single, Simon Simon, successfully charted. Bozzio subsequently established Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio, and continues to perform the band's repertoire at venues across the United States. She has also participated periodically in reunions of the original band, and has continued her work as a solo artist.

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Early life

Bozzio was born in in Medford, Massachusetts. Aspiring to an acting career since childhood, Dale was admitted to the performing arts program at Emerson College at the age of 16. Instead, she chose to work as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Boston.[2]

She was named Boston Playboy Club Bunny of the Year in 1975.[3]

In 1976, Dale traveled to Playboy Mansion West in Los Angeles at the request of Hugh Hefner, to interview for the position of Valentine party hostess.[4] The opportunity would provide for both a continuing relationship with Playboy and for living arrangements in L.A., from which she could pursue an acting career.[5][6]

Dale did not accept Hefner’s offer, and she did not secure living arrangements. However, shortly thereafter, she chanced upon musician and composer Frank Zappa, whom she had met previously at one of his concerts in Boston. That encounter led to her employment with Zappa.[7]

With Frank Zappa

At that chance meeting, seeing potential in Dale, Frank Zappa hired her to voice the part of Mary in his rock opera, Joe's Garage, which was under development at that time.[8] In that role she promoted Zappa’s views towards the Roman Catholic Church, sexuality, and the culture of rock bands.[9] In “Scene Sixteen-Packard Goose”, Dale expressed Zappa’s philosophy concerning how information, knowledge, wisdom, truth, beauty, love, and music relate to each other, with music as the best.[10][11]

Dale’s voice can also be heard in the film Baby Snakes (1979), and in the single “I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted” (1980), a criticism of the US military draft policy at that time. ‘’I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted was also included on the album The Lost Episodes (1996).[12][13]

In 1984, Dale was cast in Frank Zappa’s musical, ‘’Thing-Fish’’. In voicing the part of Rhonda, she played opposite her real-life husband at the time, Terry Bozzio, who voiced the character, Harry, Rhonda’s husband. In Thing-Fish, Dale articulated Zappa’s early 1980s perspective on feminism, female sexuality, young urban professionals (Yuppies), and the state of Broadway musical theater.[14]

In November 1991, participating along with other alumni in Zappa’s fiftieth birthday tribute concert, ‘’Zappa’s Universe’’, Dale revised the words in her recitation of her lines in "Packard Goose" to, "Music...and Frank Zappa...are the best." [15][16]

Missing Persons

Dale, along with Zappa touring guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio who had been one of Zappa's drummers, founded Missing Persons in 1980.

Missing Persons quickly gained popularity thanks to their music, as well as to Dale's quirky voice, unusual, futuristic fashion sense, wild makeup and hair colors. Her now ex-husband Terry described Dale as looking "like a popsicle" when shooting the music video for the Missing Persons song Words, because of the vibrant colors and clothing she was wearing. Missing Persons had several hits during the first half of the 1980s but broke up in 1986, shortly after the release of their third full-length album Color In Your Life.

Dale Bozzio has continued to record and perform since the breakup of the original Missing Persons band.

Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio

During the early 1990s, Dale Bozzio toured with her own hired band using the name "Missing Persons" and performing Missing Persons songs. Following controversy over Bozzio's use of the "Missing Persons" band name and her former managers' misleading use of photographs of original band members when advertising her shows, she now tours under the name "Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio."

Some of her musicians have been Wes Wehmiller, Ron Poster, Mike Mangini, Anthony Resta, Ben Sesar, Tony Savarino, Brad Miller, Jeff Calder, Michael T. Ross, Van Spragins, Michael Maysonet, James Sperry and Eric Welsh.

In June 2005, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio appeared on week five of the NBC show Hit Me Baby One More Time. They performed "Words" and a cover of the Kylie Minogue dance track, "Can't Get You Out of My Head".

Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio has toured throughout the United States. During the past few years, the band has made several appearances on the Regeneration Tour, played club dates on the west coast during the Summer of 2009, and played with the 1980s Club Tour at venues across the country in the Spring of 2010.

Solo

Dale's solo album Riot In English was released on January 1, 1988 on Prince's Paisley Park Records. The lead single "Simon Simon" was a Top 40 dance hit and was also a crossover hit in Europe. The Simon Simon music video was the only video produced from the album. The 2nd single, "Riot In English" did not chart.

In 2000 Bozzio’s cover "Into the Groove (Meeks Remix)" appeared on the album Virgin Voices: A Tribute to Madonna Volume Two on Cleopatra Records. That cover has also been included on some more recent “Tribute to Madonna” compilations. Dale's cover version of the Prince single "I Would Die 4 U" was also received with positive reviews.

An EP New Wave Sessions was released on October 23, 2007 on compact disc by Cleopatra Records. New versions of Missing Persons' hits "Words", and "Destination Unknown", plus covers of '80s classics "Funkytown", "Der Kommissar", "Turning Japanese", "I Know What Boys Like", and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" are included. A collectible, white vinyl album was also produced by Cleopatra Records but limited to 300 copies.

In 2010, Dale's Make Love Not War album came out on Electrik Blue Records. This is her second album proper and is a collection of previously unreleased songs recorded for Prince's label in the early 1990s. These were intended for an album that was not completed at the time. It also includes the remixes of Simon Simon that appeared on the single. An accompanying single titled the Talk Talk EP was released at the same time with some alternate versions of album tracks released as B Sides.

Influences, and influence upon other artists

In keeping with Dale’s aspiration to become an actor, she was influenced by black and white film era stars including Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich.[17] She was also influenced by Judy Garland, and Frank Zappa.[18] For her work with Missing Persons, Dale drew inspiration from the screen images of black and white era actresses; however, she incorporated color into her presentation.[19]

Dale has been credited with influencing Gwen Stefani’s vocal styling, along with those of other female rock artists.[20]

She has also been credited with influencing the designs of Lady Gaga’s stage apparel.[21] Comparisons have been made between the hairstyles, makeup, and stage outfits that Dale designed and made for performing with Missing Persons in the 80s, and Lady Gaga’s stylings. Similarities in the use of plastics, patent leather, and the highlighting of bleached hair have been noted along with the overall parallels in apparel design.[22]

Personal life

During her work with Frank Zappa, Consalvi met Zappa drummer, Terry Bozzio, in 1976. They married in 1979, after Terry Bozzio had become a member of the band UK, and divorced in 1986, with Dale Bozzio retaining her married name.[23]

Discography

With Frank Zappa

With Missing Persons

Solo releases

Filmography and videography

Filmography

Videography

Missing Persons

With Frank Sinatra

Solo

References

  1. ^ Luther Orrick-Guzman “Missing Persons The Famed ‘80’s New Wave Band is Back!” QvMagazine Issue 22 The Triumph Issue 2001 last sentence of last para.
  2. ^ Deirdre Donahue “They May Be Missing Persons, but Terry and Dale Bozzio Have Found Each Other” ‘’People Magazine’’ Vol. 22 No. 22 November 26, 1984 para. 8 sentences 2-4
  3. ^ Christopher John Treacy “Missing Persons Finds New Life” ‘’The Boston Herald’’ January 5, 2007 para. 9 1st sentence
  4. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 7 min:35 sec.
  5. ^ Christopher John Treacy “Missing Persons Finds New Life” ‘’The Boston Herald’’ January 5, 2007 para. 9 4th sentence
  6. ^ Deirdre Donahue “They May Be Missing Persons, but Terry and Dale Bozzio Have Found Each Other” ‘’People Magazine’’ Vol. 22 No. 22 November 26, 1984 para. 8 5th sentence
  7. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 7 min:20 sec.
  8. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 8 min:03 sec.
  9. ^ Lowe, Kelly Fisher (2007). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa (1st paperback ed.). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, printers. pp. 152–155. ISBN 978-0-8032-6005-4. http://books.google.com/books?id=uAYfqgGf4yYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Words+and+Music+of+Frank+Zappa&hl=en&ei=_lnJTqr6DIbe0QG5kfkg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Words%20and%20Music%20of%20Frank%20Zappa&f=false. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  10. ^ Lowe, Kelly Fisher (2007). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa (1st paperback ed.). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, printers. pp. 159. ISBN 978-0-8032-6005-4. http://books.google.com/books?id=uAYfqgGf4yYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Words+and+Music+of+Frank+Zappa&hl=en&ei=_lnJTqr6DIbe0QG5kfkg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Words%20and%20Music%20of%20Frank%20Zappa&f=false. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  11. ^ Frank Zappa “SCENE SIXTEEN Packard Goose” Joe’s Garage Acts II&III, ZAPPA, 1979, LP, enclosed libretto, p 4, 2nd col, top
  12. ^ "Cast" "Baby Snakes" IMDb The internet Movie Database
  13. ^ "Review, ‘’Lost Episodes’’" The AllMusic Guide
  14. ^ Lowe, Kelly Fisher (2007). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa (1st paperback ed.). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, printers. pp. 188–194. ISBN 978-0-8032-6005-4. http://books.google.com/books?id=uAYfqgGf4yYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Words+and+Music+of+Frank+Zappa&hl=en&ei=_lnJTqr6DIbe0QG5kfkg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Words%20and%20Music%20of%20Frank%20Zappa&f=false. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  15. ^ “Frank Zappa” classicbands.com para 20
  16. ^ “dale bozzio” united mutations para. 5
  17. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 6 min:21 sec.
  18. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 11 min:57 sec.
  19. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 7 min:02 sec.
  20. ^ allmusic, Dale Bozzio, biography, last sentence
  21. ^ Tarradell, Mario (2009-12-14). "Dale Bozzio should be flattered...maybe". The Dallas Morning News. http://musicblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/12/dale-bozzio-should-be-flattere.html. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  22. ^ Chris Cordani “Interview with Dale Bozzio” Revenge of the 80s Radio June 27, 2008 19 min:43 sec.
  23. ^ Deirdre Donahue "They May Be Missing Persons, but Terry and Dale Bozzio Have Found Each Other" People, November 26, 1984: para. 8-11.

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