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Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION, what you may know, and what you might not

We've had Andrea True posts before but this one includes some tasty edits.
Andrea Marie Truden has two particular distinctions to me as a disco diva.  First of all she transitioned from adult film star (14 films between 1970 and 1975) to vocalist and she sang my all time favorite disco song More, More, More (pk. #4 U.S. #5 U.K. #1 Canada).  She like me was Catholic school educated.  I think this accomplishment sort of documents how much more progressive the disco era was then what we are living now.  Can you even imagine an adult film star transitioning to pop star in 2014?

Andrea also had some major luck with having at least two major disco luminaries on her side.  Both Gregg Diamond and Tom Moulton were instrumental in bringing the Andrea True Connection sound to the dance floors. 
N.Y. You got me Dancing was her only other entry on the pop charts peaking at #27 in 1977, though she did have more success on the Billboard Disco Charts. 
During her heyday as a porn actress, around 1975, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay in Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose the pay she had earned from the real estate ads, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond,  to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally using that money. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More." (thank you wikipedia for that juicy tidbit.)

Four major disco hits on the disco charts and even one, More, More, More which shot all the way up to #4 on the pop charts and went platinum.  Andrea's chart success only happened over a two year period.  So by 1979 she was back to making adult films.  Sort of sad when you think of it but Buddah cancelled her contract after they had earned millions off of her.  The follow-up album White Witch failed to cause a spark and remains somewhat obscure.  Her 1980 album War Machine was released in Europe only. Believe it or not it was a hard rock album.
Her stage names included  Inger KissinSinge LowSandra LipsAndrea Travis, and Catherine Warren.

Born in Nashville it sure was to our fortune that she didn't pursue a career in country and western.  In 1999 the Canadian group Len sampled the instrumental break from "More, More, More" in their own hit single, "Steal My Sunshine".  Around 2000 she was living in Boynton Beach, Florida working as a psychic reader as well as a counselor for drug and substance abusers.

When Andrea True left the stage in 2011, on November 7 she was 58.  She had since moved to Woodstock New York.  I've seen her in a couple disco related documentaries.  You can also find her in a few mainstream films, including the documentary Inside Deep Throat.  She was even an extra in The Way We Were. ANDREA'S IMDB PAGE  In later years she really seemed to have let herself go.  But when you are this much of a beauty in your youth it must be quite a battle to retain your looks.


olz said...

Thanks for this fascinating Andrea True info. 'More' is one of my favorites in fact the whole LP/EP is great and chock packed full of breaks. I always thought of adult films when listening to it and it seems i was right! What an interesting and strong character she is. They dont make em like her anymore. sadly
Cheers for the ZIP

Alejandro said...

May I tell you a story?.... Here in Argentina, we were only able to know her 2nd album, ·"White witch", produced by Michael Zager & Gregg Diamond... >Two of that albums tracks were inluded in two albums by two famous DeeJays on the same label, a bit small one back then (they were among the first 10 albums released by that label, specialized in Buddah, AVI. Butterfly and Prelude ones)... Those songs were "What's your name. what's your number" and "NY You got me dancing"... Soon after those DJ's albums, that label released "White Witch", but it was a kind of minor hit...
I still have it though I was 14 y/o when I bought it, back in 1979 (when it was released in Argentina, almost a year after the original US release...)... I keep it among my favorites in the middle of my huge collection (I'm a radio man, so I have a really huge one... :) )

Michael Vinyl said...

I used to have a huge collection. But I started to sell it on eBay in 2002. I was 15 in 1979. Cheers, Michael