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If you want to be happy...

Joe Dolce, real name Joseph Dolce, is an Australian-American singer who started his artistic career with a band called 'Headstone Circus'. An ephemeral adventure that will not produce any major title ...

After being born in the United States, he decided to return to Australia from the year 1978 at the age of 31. And it was there that his solo career began, especially in 1979 when he released the Single "Boat people". Title in favor of Vietnamese Boat People which will go unnoticed to say the least… except for the Vietnamese present in Australia.

On the other hand, the following title, him, will not go unnoticed, far from it ! The title "Shaddap your face" which came out a year later in 1980 was to make a real worldwide hit, sell more than 6 million copies around the world and project the singer on the front of the international scene in a sensational way.

A dynamic of success that continued the following year in 1981 with the release of the album "Shaddap your face", an album from which the hit Single "If you want to be happy" was mainly extracted. A year that will see the release of a second album "Christmas in Australia", album which will be even stronger than its predecessor in the Charts.

And as paradoxical as it may seem, the great adventure will unfortunately come to an end. Other Singles will be released later such as "You toucha my car I breaka your face" in 1982, "Pizza pizza" in 1984 and "Vaffanculo polka" in 1989 but none will be ranked.

He will nevertheless experience a last notorious success in terms of music with the musical show 'Difficul Women', a cabaret show staged in 1992 with his partner Lin Van Hek.

To discover or rediscover...


Discography (among others ...) :

70s Decade :

  • Boat people 1979

80s Decade :

  • Shaddap your face 1980

  • If you want to be happy 1981

  • Reggae Mathilda 1981

  • You toucha my car I breaka you face 1982

  • Pizza pizza 1984

  • Vaffanculo polka 1989


Tracks :

1980 ... just a single title, THIS title, was enough to make the fortune and glory of this whimsical artist to say the least. A typical title of that blessed time when all styles were possible, including this one. HU-GE !

1981 ... inevitably it will be almost impossible for him to repeat the feat achieved on the previous title. But his zest for life and his good humor are more than enough to satisfy us ...

1981 ... a truly unique style which is as much its strength as its weakness. Strength on the first title and weakness on everything that will follow ...

1984 ... in a decade where everything is only drum machines and synthesizers, its sound clashes, inevitably. Difficult to exist sustainably at the highest level in these conditions ...

1989 ... that does not prevent him from continuing his artistic career as he sees fit and especially in his own way. After all, everyone is free or not to accept the star system and all the constraints that go with it ...

Top Bonus : he arrived in duo mode with Lin Van Hek, partner with whom he will put on this folko-country cabaret show. A show that will be a significant success ...


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