December 5, 2004

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Artist: Foldy, Peter



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Peter Foldy Peter Foldy was born in Budapest, Hungary and raised in Sydney, Australia where he forged a strong friendship with the young Gibb Bothers who would later find worldwide success as The Bee Gees.

After a family move to Toronto, Foldy enrolled in film school at York University, also playing in various rock bands and finding work as an extra in productions being filmed around Toronto.

He broke onto the music scene with his 1973 single, "Bondi Junction" on the indie label Kanata Records. The record reached number one on RPM's Adult Contemporary Chart, received two Juno Award nominations and was a legitimate hit across Canada, also penetrating the US, Australia and the Uinited Kingdom. An album entitled 'Peter Foldy' soon followed on Kanata Records.

In 1975 Foldy was signed by Paul White at Capitol-EMI of Canada (and had a concurrent deal with Polydor in the US). His follow up recordings "Roxanne" and "Julie-Ann" also reached Top-10 status on many charts across the country (as well as in the US).

On the bad advice of his manager Foldy left his deal with Capitol with promise of bigger things in the United States which, unfortunately, failed to materialize. However, Roger Davies, a friend of Foldy's from Australia (and later Tina Turner's manager) helped him land a contract with Free Flight Records, a pop label started by RCA Records in Los Angeles a couple of years later. A move to LA allowed Foldy to continue his momentum with the singles, "Love City" and "School Of Love", songs he both wrote and co-produced.

When Free Flight abruptly closed its doors, Foldy turned his attention to film, quickly selling his first screenplay, "Hot Moves", which became a considerable theatrical and a major video hit in the mid-80's. More screenplays followed and in the early '90's Foldy started directing. His initial project starred a young Paul Rudd in his first film acting role.

Foldy's feature film credits include "Midnight Witness" starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Maxwell Caulfield; "Tryst" with Barbara Carrera and Academy Award winner, Louise Fletcher; "Widow's Kiss" with former Foldy background singer, Beverly D'Angelo; and "Seeds Of Doubt" with Peter Coyote, (filmed in Toronto).

Another Canadian feature directed by Foldy, "Silver Man", starred Eugene Levy, Joe Pantoliano and Daniel Baldwin. It was the winner of numerous awards including 'Best Film' and 'Best Director' at Planet Indie in Toronto, and the Jury Prize for 'Best Feature' at the Tambay Film Festival in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Foldy also wrote and directed an award winning short film entitled, "Head, Heart and Balls... or Why I Gave Up Smoking Pot" starring TV and radio personality Adam Carolla.

His television credits include, "US Customs-Classified" for Steven J. Cannell productions and the TV series 'My First Time' on Showtime in the US on which Foldy was a co-creator. A successful off-Broadway stage production of 'My First Time' ran from 2007 to 2009 and continues to be produced world-wide in cities such as Sydney, Paris, Rome and Madrid.

An avid photographer, Foldy has exhibited his black and white photographs at a galleries in Toronto and Los Angeles.

In 2005, Toronto based Pacemaker Entertainment approached Foldy about putting together a compilation CD. “Bondi Junction And Other Hits” was released in Canada through Pacemaker in May, 2007. The album contains Foldy's past hits, some never released tracks as well as two brand new songs he recorded especially for the CD, produced with Blair Packham (Jitters).

Foldy has had his songs covered by various artists, among them disco diva Samantha Sang ("Let's Start Again"). He also wrote and produced music with the late Dee Murray (Elton John Band).

In the new millennium, Foldy continued to focus on his music and in 2014 he completed and released a 10 track CD called 'Nine Lives' on his Bronte Road Music label. The record contains 9 original songs as well as a re-working of his 1976 hit "Roxanne." (the official video now available on You Tube). 'Nine Lives' was recorded at Melrose Music Studios in Los Angeles.

with notes from Peter Foldy.


Singles
1973 Bondi Junction/Alice Mary Jane MacPherson (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1015
1973 I'll Never Know/Yes, Operator (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1019
1974 When I Am So In Love/Remember (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1020
1974 Christmas Eve With You/Spanky (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1022
1975 Hollywood/Paris Bound (Capitol/EMI) 72755
1976 Roxanne/Funny (Capitol/EMI) 72775
1977 Julie Ann/Paris Bound (Capitol/EMI) 72783
1979 Love City/Turn It Up (Free Flight/RCA - US) PB-11692
1982 School Of Love/Love City (Rio) RIO-737
1982 My Christmas Wish For You/[Instrumental] (Nightflite) 108
1988 Desperately [duet w/Mona Lisa Young]/[Instrumental] (Filmstreet - US) FILM-002
1988 Is There Love In Your Heart/Desperately (Southside) 8812
2003 All I Want For Christmas Is You (Pacemaker)
2009 Change Your World [with Robert Gulya] (Pacemaker) PACE-082

Albums
1974 Peter Foldy (Kanata) KAN-12
2007 Bondi Junction And Other Hits (Pacemaker/EMI) PACE-045
[contains 2 previously unreleased and 2 new recordings]
2014 "Nine Lives" (Bronte Road) 12006

Video
2009 Change Your World
2010 Bondi Junction
2012 Christmas Eve (With You)
2014 Carly
2014 Roxanne (Redux)

Compilation Tracks
1973 "Bondi Junction" on 'Fantastic' (K-Tel) TC-212
1978 "Roxanne" on 'Knockout 2' (Teevee) SL-8071



Official Peter Foldy Website


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