Ryan Paris

As Italo-Disco was becoming the dominant style of club music throughout Europe in the early '80s, many acts inevitably tried to get their piece of the pie. One of the most notable was de facto Italian Ryan Paris. Aspiring at first to become a poetry writer, Paris instead attained brief, but bright fame as a dancefloor crooner. Finding inspiration in the classic Fellini film La Dolce Vita, the lovestruck titular track became one of 1983's biggest European smashes, selling more than five million copies and landing Top 5 placings in pretty much every country in the old continent. And that was pretty much it. Ensuing releases were met with diminishing to no audience returns, essentially pegging Ryan Paris as a one-hit wonder. ~ Ricardo Rainho

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