PROFILE
Name:
Samantha Fox
Birth Date:
April 15, 1966
Birth Place:
London, England, UK
Height:
5' 1" (1.55 m)
Nationality:
British
Profession:
Singer, Glamour Model
BIOGRAPHY
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Touch Me

Background:

British singer and former model Samantha Fox, also known as Sam Fox, first became popular in the early to mid-1980s as The Sun's Page Three girl before scoring a big hit in the music industry with “Touch Me (I Want Your Body).” Released in 1986, the single peaked at No. 1 in many countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Switzerland and Norway, and also made the top 10 in both the UK and US singles chart. Fox has released  six studio albums, two compilation albums and a number of singles since 1986. She has since sold over 30 million albums worldwide.      

Fox is a lesbian, but she did not reveal until February 2003 when she made  a statement about her personal life. She stated, “I have slept with other women but I've not been in love before Myra Stratton. People say I'm gay... I don't know what I am. All I know is that I'm in love with Myra (Stratton, my manager). I love her completely and want to spend the rest of my life with her.”  In August 2009, Fox declared her plans to have a civil partnership with Stratton. Previously, Fox was romantically involved with Australian con man Peter Foster (together in late 1980s) and Kiss guitarist and singer Paul Stanley. Rumors about her sexual orientation began to circulate in 1999 when she judged a lesbian beauty pageant. Fox was then linked to Cris Bonacci, the Australian former guitarist for the rock band Girlschool, and Debbie Connor, but there was no public announcement about the relationships.

In June 2011, Fox appeared as part of a campaign for LGBT charity The Albert Kennedy Trust.        


London Girl

Childhood and Family:

Samantha Karen Fox was born on April 15, 1966, in London, England, UK, to John Patrick Fox and Carole Ann Wilken. She has a younger sister named Vanessa Lai Fox. Samantha was interested in acting at a young age, and made her first stage performance when she was three. At age 5, she began attending the Anna Scher Theatre School. Samantha enrolled at St Thomas More Catholic School, Wood Green.


Naughty Girls       

Career:

Samantha Fox came in second place in The Sunday People newspaper's Girl of the Year amateur contest when she was 16, thanks to several lingerie pictures shot by her father. The photos then attracted the attention of the Sun, and she soon signed a modeling contract with the newspaper for ₤2000 a week. At the time, Fox became the youngest Page 3 girl ever. She was named The Sun's Page Three Girl of the Year for three consecutive years from 1984 to 1986. She quit from Page Three modeling in 1986, when she was 20.

Fox kicked off her music career by releasing her debut studio album, “Touch Me,” in July 1986 through Jive Records. The album reached No. 17 on the UK Albums chart and went gold in the UK. The lead single “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” was a worldwide hit, reaching No. 4 in the United States, No. 3 in UK, and topping the Australian, Canadian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss charts. The second single “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)” (1986) became her second consecutive No. 1 hit in Sweden and was also a top ten hit in the UK, Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Germany. The last two singles of the album, “Hold On Tight” and “I'm All You Need,” peaked at No.26 and No. 41 on the UK Singles chart, respectively.        

The second album “Samantha Fox” followed in July 1987. It reached No. 22 in the UK and No. 51 in the US, and received gold certification in France, where the album peaked at No. 21. Its lead single “Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now” topped the Finnish chart and also made the top 10 in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Norway, and Sweden. In the US, the single only peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard chart. The album also supported with four more singles: “I Surrender (To the Spirit of the Night),” “I Promise You (Get Ready),” “True Devotion” and “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too),” but none was able to crack the UK top 10. However, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” managed to reach No. 3 on the US Billboard chart and became her biggest hit to date in the country.

In November 1988, Fox launched “I Wanna Have Some Fun,”   which reached No. 46 in the UK and No. 37 in the US. The album spawned three singles: “Love House” (#32 UK), “I Wanna Have Some Fun” (#8 US; #63 UK) and “I Only Wanna Be with You” (#16 UK; #31 US).

Fox released the fourth album “Just One Night” in 1991. The album received negative reviews from critics, and only charted at No. 53 in Canada and No. 92 in Japan. All of the singles released from the album, “(Hurt Me, Hurt Me) But the Pants Stay On” “Just One Night” “Another Woman (Too Many People)” “Just One Night” and “Spirit of America,” failed to make an impression in either the UK or US charts. In the following year, Jive released Fox's first official compilation album, “Greatest Hits,” which features three new tracks.

In 1995, Fox founded a band called Sox. They entered the song “Go for the Heart” for UK submission in the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, but failed.

Following a six year hiatus, Fox returned to the studio to record her fifth album, “21st Century Fox,” which was released on October 6, 1998 through Ichiban Records. The album focused on the dance genre and was a big hit in clubs around Europe. It was supported with three singles: “Deeper,” “Let Me Be Free” and “Perhaps.” The same year, Fox launched a single together with DJ Milano, “Santa Maria,” which reached No. 31 in the UK chart and was a Top 10 hit in Austria, Scandinavia and the Czech Republic.  

Under the pseudonym “ Karen Wilkin,” Fox co-wrote the song “Dreams” for girl group All Saint's album, “Saints & Sinners” (2000). In August 2004, Fox collaborated with Swedish music artist Günther to make an Eurodance cover version of her hit, “Touch Me.” The song topped the Swedish chart from November 25, 2004 to December 2, 2004.

Fox released her sixth studio album, “Angel with an Attitude,” on  October 18, 2005 in Canada. She wrote the title track after an attempting court case with her father who had embezzled over £1 million from her accounts. In October 2009, her first three albums were reissued in the US with bonus tracks. Her second compilation album, “Greatest Hits,” was launched in December 2009, both in single CD and double CD formats.

In 2010, Fox and Italian singer Sabrina performed a cover version of Blondie's hit “Call Me.” The same year, she released a new single, “Forever,” featuring superstar 4 Strings. In the following year, she released a single called “The Secret” (feat. Zante Dilemma).

In 2012, Fox re-released her first four albums as 2-CD “deluxe edition” sets with unreleased bonus tracks and remixes of all the singles from all four albums.    


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