If today you ask any person aged 40 or older what music band of early 1980-s he or she can remember you’ll certainly hear the name “Ottawan”. No wonder, because “Ottawan” is one of the most successful projects of that time.
The name the group derives from the name of the city Ottawa in Canada, where their first single was recorded. But the story of the group began a bit earlier in France when two French producers Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger decided to create a new music group. The band would work in a disco style which was extremely popular at that period. The record producers were looking for two soloists and soon found a young singer of Guadeloupe origin Jean Baptiste Patrick. Before becoming a frontman of Ottawan he performed in different bars in Paris with his own band “Black Underground”. Later on a female artist Annette was also invited.
Their first single from the одноименный альбом “D.I.S.C.O” released in November 1979 at once reached top positions in European charts. The song especially had a great success in Britain where it became second best song in national music charts. In Netherlands and Norway it got number 1 position remaining in charts for many weeks.
In 1980 “Ottawan” have their first album released, including such songs as “Shalala song”, “Hello Rio!” and one more hit single “Haut les mains “ which remained in tops in France for 8 weeks. It’s English version “Hands Up(Give Me Your Heart)” was included into the group’s follow-up album “Ottawan 2”. The album repeated the success of it’s foregoer with new hits “Crazy music”, “ A.I.E. Is My Song”.
In 1983 Jean Baptiste Patrick left the group but made a come back soon afterwards. Although “Ottawan” had no singles and albums released since 1984 it still remains mostly desired groups in many countries. In recent ten years “Ottawan” is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals held in many post-Soviet countries. The reason for it’s huge popularity held through decades is the artists’ commitment to what they’re doing on the stage and their ability to stir up each and every concert hall they perform in. Jean Baptiste Patrick is very well-known for high respect to the fans. Naturally, he gets such affection from them in response.
Each year “Ottawan” helds concert tours through many countries. Booking a show or inviting artists to be a guest star at a private party can today be made with the help of a contact group or simply through official website Ottawan that is usually immediately found via most search systems.