Thanks for the understanding most of you have had for the loss of my partner. The situation was unexpected and has not been easy, but I am better. I have been very busy since, with the aftermath and work, so I really haven't had the time or desire to post here. But I do check occasionally and will try to update requested links when I get a chance. No idea when or if I'll get to new posts, but you never know. He did support this blog, so maybe I'll get back to it. Thanks for your patience.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Louisa Florio - Louisa Florio (1987) & Instant Reaction (1989) DOUBLE POST!!

So, after many attempts at acquiring her albums to share, here finally are the two Canadian albums released by Louisa Florio. Ever since I posted her single "Love Attack" on Lost Pop Treasures, I have had more requests for her albums than for anyone else's. Though she is little known outside of Canada (or even within Canada, for that matter), it appears that Miss Florio still has a rabid audience. I must first thank the always resourceful Adriana for providing me with Instant Reaction. And I also profusely thank Toby for providing me with her hard to find debut, as well as other gems that I'll feature in the future. Even more awesome, Toby added her very first single "The Effect" and it's B-side "Blast The Music", which were not on any album. Thanks SO much guys! As I mentioned on LPT, I believe that Louisa hails from Toronto, and her first album was produced by Harry Hinde, a disco producer who had worked with Shania Twain on her pre-fame demo tapes. She had released a one-off single in 1985 called "The Effect", and then "Deeper In Debt" a year later on the Tembo label. That single appeared on her debut album and several more singles from the album were released by Tembo, likely as a test to see which would possibly hit, but only "Love Attack" got any attention. On an interesting side-note, Louisa's version of "Tell It To My Heart" was not released as a single, but it was the first known version of the song recorded and was the version Taylor Dayne heard before deciding to record it herself. Tembo brought Louisa back into the studio for a second album, this time with producer Gerald O'Brien, a popular Canadian songwriter and former member of rock group Wrabit. The album kept the dance-pop vibe of her debut, and the single "Oh Boy (Can't Go On Loving Like This)" was released as a promo single, as was a video for "Crazy Love". Despite the contribution of several well-known Canadian songwriters, the album went unnoticed. From here Louisa's career is hard to trace, though she did appear on the Swedish show Top Gear on April 20, 1990 singing two songs, "Come 2 Gether" and "Body Talk", perhaps from a new album? Another single, a remake of The Emotions' "Best Of My Love", was released in 1993 on Swedish label Nouveaux Records. Then, in the mid 90s the singles "I Want" and "Set Your Heart Free", credited to 'Venus', appeared on Nouveaux and featured Louisa. One other single on Nouveaux appeared in 1999, "Gotta Get Up", credited to 'Luiza'. And that's the last bit of info I can find on her. Given the number of requests for her work, surely someone out there knows something about her whereabouts today?

UPDATE: Louisa is back!  She is now going by the name Lou Williams and has released two new songs and videos, "Higher And Higher" and "Watching You"!  Dig her new sound! 

Download Louisa Florio

1
Love Attack

2
Tell It To My Heart

3
Mr. Wrong

4
Deeper In Debt

5
Made For Each Other

6
Woman

7
Living Dangerously

8
Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry

9
Left Alone

10
Gonna Stay In Love

11
Back For More

12
The Effect

13
Blast The Music

Video for Crazy Love

Download Instant Reaction

1
'Til The Real Thing Came Along
2
Oh Boy (I Can't Go On Loving Like This)
3
Crazy Love
4
The Right To Live
5
What Can I Do To Make You Change Your Mind
6
Instant Reaction
7
Intimate Strangers
8
Love On A Look
9
Something I Can Do Without
10
My Heart Has A Price

19 comments:

  1. This lady surely has an amazing voice and personally "Instant Reaction" is one of the best. More upbeat and dancier.

    Thanks Nasty G and now I await for Sonya Papp hehehehehehe

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    1. Your joking right? She is an awful singer

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  2. Wow, I never knew there was an original version of "Tell It To My Heart." Thanks for posting both albums!

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  3. I believe she lives - or at least lived for a number of years - in Sweden.

    She released the following on Gothenburg label Nouveaux Records as Luiza:

    "Intimate Strangers" (1996) CD EP
    "Forever Grow Strong" (1998) CD single
    "Going Through The Motion" (1998) CD single
    "Gotta Get Up" (1999) CD single
    "Fast Forward >> Ma Petite" (2000) CD album
    "Future Fantasy" (2001) CD single

    She also released the following on Nouveaux Records in Sweden as Venus:

    "I Want" (1995) CD single
    "Set Your Heart Free" (1996) CD single

    Hope this helps!

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  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!! I have been searching for this 'long lost album' for a very very long time and pretty much gave up years ago. I came across your site after listening to some 80's songs. Thank you!

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  5. Louisa Florio is now a joyful and passionate grade school teacher (and soon to be Principal) in Toronto Canada. She shares her love of music and life with her young students every day.

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    1. Hope she's a better teacher than singer

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  6. Just some latest info for all that are interested.

    Louisa aka Luiza is still around. She has some new music in the works. Release dates for a new single are in the planning stages for later this year....recorded in Harlow, England, the song title is "Turn Back Time"...stay tuned...

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  7. Hi Anonymous,
    I was hoping that you could get me in touch with Louisa. I met her many years ago when I worked for her father as a hairstylist and we became really good friends. We lost touch awhile ago and I would love to reconnect with her. If you could be of any help that would greatly appreciated! My email address is
    maria.loschiavo@rogers.com. I am glad to hear that she is back home!
    Thank you,
    Maria (Rocca) Loschiavo

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  8. Hi Everyone!

    Any Louisa Florio fans should check this out ...she has a new youtube link with a lot of newer material!

    Youtube : Luizaakalouisa

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  9. please help me to get in contact with Louisa Florio,OLD FRIEND

    Thanks

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    1. She Lives In Down Town Toronto!
      From someone who knows her!

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    1. Both albums have been reuploaded. ;)

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  11. VISIT NEW LOUISA YOUTUBE http://youtu.be/BcTDqrBjq7I
    0R LOU WILLIAMS AKA LOUISA NEW SINGLE HIGHER AND HIGHER.
    ALL THE BEST J'NL RECORDS.

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  12. Lou Williams (aka Louisa Florio) has a new follow-up to "Higher and Higher" with a beautiful ballad called "Watching You". The video was filmed in Ft. Myers (South West Florida) check it out!
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCbwbMzAyFw

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    1. Tell It To My Heart Was The Original Recording!
      She Lives in Toronto!

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  13. holy smokes! listening to that version of "Tell It To My Heart" is insane. it sounds like along lost demo or something to me, haha. anyway, thanks a ton. love it!

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  14. New Videos/Songs from this Lou WIlliams (Louisa Florio)
    Rock and Roll Music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EosLvM7vLeA
    Forever Grow Strong: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qylvwsj-DYM

    If the links don't work then YouTube Search Lou Williams Rock and Roll Music and Lou Williams Forever Grow Strong

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