Baltimora


Jimmy McShane, aka Baltimora (May 23, 1957 - March 29, 1995) was a Northern Irish dancer, singer, and songwriter, best known for his 1985 hit "Tarzan Boy" that reached the top 40 in over fifteen countries. Despite being the focus of the group centered around him, his songs were mostly written and sung by Italian vocalist Maurizio Bassi, although controversy exists (as in many 'studio' based groups) over McShane's level of co-singing and co-songwriting. They're considered a key example of the "italo disco" sound. Baltimora first appeared during the summer of 1985, sweeping over Europe before finding release in the United States via EMI. The time it took for EMI to finally break "Tarzan Boy" in America resulted in the song earning a six month stay on the Hot 100, ultimately peaking at #13 in the early spring of 1986. His first album, 'Living in the Background', arrived some time later. The group, despite successful touring and frequent dance club plays, quickly fell off of the radar. However, "Tarzan Boy" made a second run up the Hot 100 in the spring of 1993, climbing to #51 thanks to its appearance in the movie 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III'. No such resurgence occurred when the song appeared again in a movie a few years later in the 1997 Chris Farley comedy 'Beverly Hills Ninja'. "Tarzan Boy" did catch the attention of millions again in a Listerine commercial, which featured the song playing (minus the lead vocals) while a computer-animated bottle of blue minty mouthwa...

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