Penny McLean
Background information
Birth nameGertrude Wirschinger
Also known asBarbra Münzer
Born (1948-11-04) 4 November 1948 (age 72)
Klagenfurt, Austria
GenresSoul, pop, disco
Occupation(s)Singer, author
Years active1965 – 1985
LabelsAriola, Jupiter
Associated actsBarbra & Helmut, Tony & Liza & Penny, Silver Convention

Gertrude Wirschinger, better known as Penny McLean (born 4 November 1948), is an Austrian vocalist who initially gained acclaim with the disco music act Silver Convention, but also had exposure as a single recording artist. As a solo singer, she is most remembered for her million seller "Lady Bump". She is also an author.

Early life

She was born Gertrude Wirschinger in Klagenfurt, Austria.[1]

Music career

In the early 1970s she was part of the duo Barbra & Helmut. They released "Hideaway" bw "Stop" on the Telefunken label in 1972.[2] Late she was a member of the trio Tony & Liza & Penny. In 1973, they released a single on the Ariola label, "Öffne Die Tür" ("Open The Door") bw "Der Fremde" ("The Stranger").[3] By the mid-70s, she was a member of Silver Convention, a group that also included Linda G. Thompson and Ramona Wulf.[4][5] They had hits with "Save me" and "Fly, Robin, Fly".[6] Around mid 1977, McLean left Silver Convention. She was replaced by Zenda Jacks.[7] In October 1976, her single "Devil Eyes" was released on the Ariola label.[8] Around July 1978, her album The Best of Penny McLean was released on Jupiter Records.[9] By late 1980, she was on the Teldec label roster.[10]

Hits

Her hit "Lady Bump" sold in the millions. She also had hits with "1-2-3-4-Fire", "Dance, Bunny, Honey, Honey, Dance" and more.[11]

"Lady Bump"

By November 1975, the track bw "The Lady Bumps On" was rated # 14 in the New York discos.[12] In January 1976, it was #8 on the Cash box pop singles charts.[13] In July 1976, "Lady Bump" #7 in Australia's 2S Music Survey.[14] The single itself sold 3 million copies.[15]

Author

As a popular author, she has written on spiritual and numerology matters.[16] [17] Some of the books she has written are Lass los, was dich festhält. Von der Kunst, du selbst zu sein, Numerologie und Schicksal. Ihr Leben ist berechenbar and Schattenspringer - Ein Jacobsweg der Seele.[18]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[19]
CAN
[20]
SWE
[21]
US R&B
[22]
Lady Bump
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7, CD
12 47 3 59
Penny
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
22
Midnight Explosion
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7

Compilation albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
NOR
[23]
SWE
[21]
Success
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP
11 16
The Best of Penny McLean
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
Star Discothek
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
Profile
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7
Lady Bump
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Jupiter Records
  • Formats: LP, K7

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[19]
AUT
[25]
BEL
[26]
CAN
[27]
GER
[28]
NET
[29]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[30]
US
[31]
US DAN
[22]
US R&B
[22]
1972 "Acapulcobanjopolka" N/A
1974 "A Letter From Miami"
1975 "Lady Bump" 9 1 2 15 1 4 2 4 48 1 90 Lady Bump
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 6
1976 "1-2-3-4... Fire!" 11 11 3 20 9
"Devil Eyes" 21 17
"Nobody's Child" 49 15 N/A
1977 "Zwischen Zwei Gefühlen"
"Dance, Bunny Honey, Dance" 26 17 Penny
"Mambo Mama"
1978 "Wild One" The Best Of Penny McLean
"Midnight Explosion" Midnight Explosion
1979 "Tut-Ench-Amun" N/A
1980 "Love Is Love" Profile
1982 "Words" N/A
"Wenn Die Träume Flügel Kriegen"
1985 "Don’t Ever Leave Me Now"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released.

Film and television

Film & television
Title Role Director Year Notes #
Das Wunder Woman of cards Eckhart Schmidt 1985 Actress[32][33]
Lieder gehen um die Welt[34] Singer Dieter Pröttel 1982 Made for television
Bistro Otto Draeger 1973 Television series[35]

References

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  2. ^ Barbra & Helmut – Hideaway / Stop Discogs Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Tony* & Liza* & Penny* – Öffne Die Tür (Light Up The Fire) Discogs Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Music, The Top 10 music acts of the 70s from Germany Number 4: Silver Convention Deutsche Welle. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  5. ^ GG The Show to Prise You from TV Set - The age (October 12, 1976) Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Knevels, Edmond (07/02/2016) "Men wil die schreeuw iedere keer opnieuw horen" De Redactie.be Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Roth, Robert (15 October 1977). Silver Convention. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 48–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ Anthonissen, Jull (9 October 1976). From the music capital of the world. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 58–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  9. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (22 July 1978). The Music Capitals Of The World. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 90–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  10. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (15 November 1980). Jupiter Label Leaves Ariola For Teldec. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 88–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  11. ^ Companies Expand. 90 (26 ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1 July 1978. pp. 62–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ Disco Action. 87 (46 ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 15 November 1975. pp. 38–. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  13. ^ Pat Downey; George Albert; Frank W. Hoffmann (November 1994). Cash box pop singles charts, 1950-1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7.
  14. ^ Truest, Dick (July 25, 1976). "Music Survey". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  15. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (27 June 1992). Germany/Switzerland/Austria, German Independents Do It Their Way With House, Instro's And "Nuevo Flamenco". 104 (26 ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 48–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  16. ^ Die Seele muss man pflegen (27. April 2013) Badische Zeitung. Retrieved June 16, 2016
  17. ^ Ist das Leben nun doch berechenbar?(08. April 2013) Badische Zeitung. Retrieved June 16, 2016
  18. ^ Schattenspringer - Ein Jacobsweg der Seele goodreads.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 187. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  23. ^ "Norway Charts>>Silver Convention, Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf, Linda G. Thompson - SUCCESS (album)". Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Retrieved 2017-05-20.. norwegiancharts.com.
  24. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1978". Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-16.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). ifpihk.org.
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  26. ^ "Ultratop > Ultratop 50 Singles". ultratop.be. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  27. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 24, No. 23 March 06, 1976". Archived from the original on May 29, 2016. Retrieved 2012-04-30.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). RPM (magazine).
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  29. ^ "Single Top 100 > Penny McLean". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
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  31. ^ Billboard Hot 100: Peak positions for Penny McLean Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016
  32. ^ Penny McLean - Biografia filmweb.pl Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  33. ^ Penny McLean - Filmography imdb.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016
  34. ^ Lieder gehen um die Welt moviejab.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  35. ^ Bistro - Serial TV (1979) cinemarx.ro. Retrieved June 16, 2016.