Adele Bertei

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Adele Marie Bertei
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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, has danced and brawled her way through New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, London and points beyond.

She was discovered singing at a bar by Peter Laughner and asked to join his current band at that time, Peter And The Wolves. The two became good friends (he even bought her first guitar) and they planned to move soon to New York City but Laughner died prematurely from complications due to acute pancreatitis before the move could happen. She said in a 2017 interview, "When Peter passed away, there was nothing left for me in Cleveland so I did what he and I had planned to do together – I moved to New York in 1977, and immediately dove into the No Wave scene."

Though she was untrained on the instrument, she was the original keyboardist in The Contortions, playing an instinctive rhythmic style on an Ace Tone organ with them before leaving after their 1st album, Buy. Around this time, while working as personal assistant to Brian Eno in 1978, Bertei took him to a series of concerts at Artists Space in New York, which resulted in Eno producing the landmark No New York LP. Musically she's primarily been known as a vocalist since that time and formed The Bloods circa 1980, an all-female band known as the first openly queer and "out of the closet" band.

Since then, she's had much success, including a few hits on the music charts. Her single "Build Me A Bridge", produced by Thomas Dolby, was a dance/disco hit in 1983. She also sang on producer John "Jellybean" Benitez's 1988 U.K. hit "Just A Mirage". "Little Lives, Big Love" was an adult contemporary hit from her 1988 debut solo album, Little Lives.

In addition to music, she's also been active in film and TV as well as being a published author.
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Albums

N-SIX Adele Bertei - Beth B & Scott B's Vortex (The Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Adele Bertei, Lydia Lunch, Richard Edson, Kristian Hoffman, Scott B & Beth B* Adele Bertei, Lydia Lunch, Richard Edson, Kristian Hoffman, Scott B & Beth B* - Beth B & Scott B's Vortex (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Neutral Records (3) N-SIX US 1982 Sell This Version
CCD 1634 Adele Bertei - Little Lives album art Adele Bertei Little Lives (Album) Chrysalis CCD 1634 UK 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7-29546 Adele Bertei - Build Me A Bridge album art Adele Bertei Build Me A Bridge (Single, Maxi) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 7-29546 US 1983 Sell This Version
CHS 12 2907 Adele Bertei - When It's Over album art Adele Bertei When It's Over Chrysalis CHS 12 2907 UK 1985 Sell This Version
JEL 3 Adele Bertei - Just A Mirage album art Jellybean* Featuring Adele Bertei Jellybean* Featuring Adele Bertei - Just A Mirage (Single) Chrysalis JEL 3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHS 3250 Adele Bertei - Little Lives, Big Love album art Adele Bertei Little Lives, Big Love (Single, Maxi) Chrysalis CHS 3250 UK 1988 Sell This Version
07863 62143-1 Adele Bertei - Kiss The Ground (You Walk On) album art Arthur Baker Featuring Adele Bertei Arthur Baker Featuring Adele Bertei - Kiss The Ground (You Walk On) RCA 07863 62143-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
72787 25080 2 Adele Bertei - Zami Girl album art Adele Bertei Zami Girl (Maxi) ä 72787 25080 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version