Recently I posted using The Clash song “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” and at the time I thought that I must post about Ellen Foley, the link being that she was at that time in a relationship with Mick Jones from The Clash and she was the “inspiration” for the song given that their relationship was at the time going through a sticky spell.
She first gained high public recognition singing the duet with Meat Loaf on the hit single “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” from the 1977 album Bat out of Hell.
Although Karla DeVito is featured on the music video, DeVito is lip synching to Foley’s vocals.
Her debut album Night Out with the hit single “What’s a Matter Baby”, was released in 1979 and was produced by Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter being another musician with whom she had a relationship.
Here from the album is her version of The Stones “Stupid Girl” as performed in 1980 on The Kenny Everett Show
Foley recorded a memorable duet with Ian Hunter in 1980, “We Gotta Get Outta Here”.
Her creative relationship with Hunter also led her to singing backing vocals on the Iron City Houserockers’ 1980 album Have a Good Time but Get out Alive!, produced by Hunter, Ronson, and The E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt.
She can also be heard on The Clash album Sandinista!, released in 1980, in the songs “Hitsville UK” and “Corner Soul”, and on the unreleased track “Blonde Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
All four members of The Clash appeared on her second album The Spirit of St. Louis in 1981, and Mick Jones and Joe Strummer co-wrote a number of songs for the album. Jones also produced the album, which also featured members of The Blockheads.
Ellen Foley lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and continues an active career in music and has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Me and My Girl and the revival of Hair and off-Broadway in Beehive.
She originated the role of The Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, but was replaced by Bernadette Peters before the play reached New York. She eventually reprised the role by appearing on Broadway herself.
Her best known television acting role is the role of Billie Young on Night Court for one season (1984-85) after which she was succeeded by Markie Post as Christine Sullivan.
She had parts in Miloš Forman’s 1979 film adaptation of the stage musical Hair, as well as the films Cocktail, Fatal Attraction and Married to the Mob.
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