Dale Bozzio (born Dale Frances Consalvi on March 2, 1955 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American musician and former Playboy Bunny. She became famous as the lead singer for the 1980s pop/new wave band Missing Persons.
In the 1970s, Dale worked as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Boston, later appearing in Playboy magazine in 1976 (not as a Playmate) under the name Toni Consalvi. As a musician, she worked with Frank Zappa a number of times, providing vocals on Joe's Garage. During her work with Zappa, she met future husband Terry Bozzio in 1976. They married in 1979, and the two of them founded Missing Persons with Zappa touring guitarist Warren Cuccurullo in 1980.
Missing Persons quickly gained popularity thanks to their music, as well as to Dale's quirky voice, unusual, futuristic fashion sense and wild makeup and hair colors. Her now ex-husband Terry once 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 also divorced Terry Bozzio at that time, but retained the name.
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, Van Spragins, 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 recently played with the 1980s Club Tour at venues across the country in the Spring of 2010.
Solo workDale'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.
Dale's second album New Wave Sessions was released on October 23, 2007 on compact disc by Cleopatra Records. New versions of '80s classics "Words", "Destination Unknown", "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.
Simon Simon Formats and Tracklisting
7" single (USA)
1.Simon Simon (remix/edit) - 3:59
2.The Perfect Stranger (lp version) - 3:53
12" single (USA)
1.Simon Simon (extended remix) - 6:11
2.The Perfect Stranger (lp version) - 3:53
3.Simon Simon (dub mix) - 6:54
Prime Cuts Remix Service (USA)
1.Simon Simon (Simon Says edit) - 7:15
Influence on other artists
Dale Bozzio has been credited with influencing Gwen Stefani’s vocal styling.
Also, recently, direct comparisons have been made between the hairstyles, makeup and outfits that Dale Bozzio wore when performing with Missing Persons in the 80s, and Lady GaGa’s style.
In 2008, Dale Bozzio was charged with animal cruelty, and she was consequently convicted. In November, 2009, she turned herself in to a New Hampshire jail to serve time for the conviction.
With Frank Zappa
Joe's Garage Act I (1979)
Joe's Garage Acts II, and III (1979)
The Lost Episodes (1996)
With Missing Persons
Missing Persons EP (1980)#46 US
Spring Session M (1982, 1995)#17 US
Rhyme & Reason (1984, 2000)#43 US
Color In Your Life (1986, 2000)#88 US
The Best of Missing Persons (1987)
Late Nights, Early Days (1998)
Remixed Hits (1999)
Lost Tracks (2002)
Classic Masters: Missing Persons (2002)
The Best of Missing Persons: 10 Best Series (2002)
Walking in LA: The dance mixes (2006)
Live From the Danger Zone!: Dale Bozzio & Missing Persons (March 2008 Acadia Records UK – Europe & Airline Records – USA)
Solo releasesRiot In English (1988)
New Wave Sessions (2007)
Talk Talk EP (2010)
Make Love Not War (2010)
Lunch Wagon (1981)
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