Sabrina

Sabrina
Release date
01 January 1970
Sabrina
01 January 1970 |

Sabrina Salerno is an Italian singer, showgirl, model, actress and record producer. After winning a beauty contest in her native region, Liguria, she started modeling, and in 1985 made her TV debut in the prime time show Premiatissima on Canale 5. That same year, her debut single was released: Sexy girl, produced by Claudio Cecchetto, the single became a Top 20 hit in her native Italy. She released her first album in late 1987, simply titled Sabrina, which soon became her stage name in the 1980s. In addition to “Sexy Girl“, the album included Sabrina’s international top5 breakthrough, the smash hit single “Boys (Summertime Love)“, which has sold more than 1,5 million copies to date worldwide, and “Hot Girl”, which made the top10 in five European countries. In 1988 Sabrina received “The Best European Singer” award, and enjoyed another European-wide summer hit with the single “All Of Me (Boy Oh Boy)” (produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman). Later in that year, her second album, “Super Sabrina”, was released, and she established herself as a true European sex symbol thanks to the raunchy videos that accompanied hits such as “My Chico” and “Like A Yo Yo” (produced by Giorgio Moroder). The latter became the TV theme of Odiens, a very popular Italian Saturday prime time TV show, in which Sabrina also starred. Thanks to the success of the albums and her sexy image, she was soon to perform in several European TV shows and concert such as the Montreux Pop Festival in 1988. Another famous performance was in 1989 at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, where fifty thousand people gathered over three days to enjoy Sabrina’s shows & music. In 1989 she starred in the Italian movie “Fratelli d’Italia” and released a remix album called “Super Sabrina Remix”, as well as a new single, “Gringo”. In 1990 Sabrina co-hosted the daily morning TV show “Ricomincio da 2” with Raffaella Carrà on Rai Due, and appeared on the popular music show Festivalbar with a new single called “Yeah, Yeah”. 1991 marked a turning point in Sabrina’s career: she performed a duet with Italian singer Jo Squillo in singing “Siamo donne”, her first release in the Italian language. They performed together at 1991’s Sanremo Music Festival to much acclaim. Sabrina’s third studio album, “Over the Pop”, was released the same year, and for the first time she was allowed to co-write and produce some of the songs. It was clear that Sabrina’s will to mature as an artist were emerging, and this desire for independence and a distancing from her sexy image led to conflict with her management. As a result the album promotion was interrupted and the new single, “Cover model”, was released only in France. Sabrina parted with her label and management, a decision that took to a four-years hiatus in her career and just in 1995 she was able to come back to show biz, co-hosting some Italian TV shows and releasing with an indie label two new singles, “Rockawillie” and “Angel boy”, which were minor successes in Italy and Scandinavian countries. The following year she established her own recording studio in Treviso with her then-husband Enrico Monti and released her first Italian language album, “Maschio dove sei?” in which she collaborated with Massimo Riva (Vasco Rossi’s guitarist and longtime friend), who added a more mature pop/rock influence to Sabrina’s music.