The seventh edition of The Golden Stag Festival – 1994

The Golden Stag

The seventh edition of The Golden Stag Festival took place in Brasov between August 30th – September 4th, 1997, in Sfatului Square – in the old city. The Festival’s hosts were Bianca Brad, Beatrice Vornicu, Daniela Popescu, Cristina Stoica, Tania Budi and Ricky Dandel.

The opening cocktail was offered by the mayor, the prefect, and the manager of the festival, Dumitru Morosanu at Cetate Restaurant – a medieval restaurant built inside the city’s old fortress.

The festival was opened at the National Television by a short movie telling The Legend of The Golden Stag (directed by a 4th year student at the Movie Academy in Bucharest, Miki Balbi).

More than 7,000 people seated in Sfatului Square and more than 18 million viewers watched every night a 2 and a half hour live transmission from The Golden Stag. The festival was broadcast by the Canadian, Spanish, and Japanese televisions, while more than 150 journalists from Europe and United States got credentials to write about the festival and its stars.

The National Television organized a trip to Poiana Brasov, where the competitors and their managers were happy to taste the Romanian cuisine at Miorita Restaurant. The trip also included a stop at the Horse Riding and shopping at the Artisans’s Fair located in front of Sura Dacilor Restaurant. The next day they visited the Peles Castle and had a nice walk in Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in Romania. On the third day, the competitors had the chance to see Bran Castle and to be part of the Dracula’s legend.

In the hors-concurs shows the audience met Paul Young, David Palmer, Boy George, Culture Beat, The Commodores, Ray Charles, James Brown, as well as Romanian artists like Silvia Dumitrescu, Loredana Groza, and Monica Anghel.

Worthy Davis from U.S.A. was awarded with The Golden Stag Trophy.

The seventh edition of The Golden Stag Festival ended on September 5th, at the Aro Palace Restaurant, with a dinner party for the singers, the stars, the jury and the journalists.

1994 Stars

In the hors concours-shows the audience met Paul Young, David Palmer, Boy George, Culture Beat, The Commodores, Ray Charles, James Brown, Silvia Dumitrescu, Loredana Groza, Monica Anghel, Arina, Sfinx Experience and Directia 5

Boy George

Boy George was born George O’Dowd in 1961 in Kent, England. During the ’70s George became a big fan of glam rock, especially David Bowie, and began attending hip London clubs in flashy women’s clothing. His outrageous style encouraged Sex Pistols manager Malcolm Maclaren to recruit George for Bow Wow Wow, a new wave band he was producing. George performed with the band for only a short time before forming his own group, Culture Club, with guitarist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and ex-Adam Antdrummer Jon Moss.

In 1982 Culture Club signed to Virgin, but its first two singles failed to chart, despite growing fashion interest in Boy George. Finally, the band reached No. 1 in the U.K. with their third single, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me. A 1983 debut album, Kissing to Be Clever, followed, and several singles reached the Top 10 in the U.S. and Britain. Culture Club’s fall 1983 follow-up, Coulour by Numbers, made them worldwide pop stars with the No. 1 hit Karma Chameleon. The band became MTV favorites, largely due to George’s androgynous dress, and Boy George soon found himself a cultural icon, known for his witty interviews.

Unfortunately the next few Culture Club albums did not sell as well as expected,and the group began experiencing problems. George and Jon Moss, who were lovers, began having relationship problems and George became addicted to heroin. During the summer of 1986 George was arrested in Britain for marijuana possession; several days later Culture Club’s session keyboardist, Michael Rudetski, was found dead of a heroin overdose in George’s home. As George underwent treatment for his addiction, Rudetski’s parents filed a wrongful death suit against him, and Culture Club broke up.

Culture Beat

Culture Beat, the German group, was the creation of the producer Torsten Fenslau, who got killed in a car accident. The story has its beginning in 1989 when Torsten found the American rapper Jay Supreme and the German singer Lana E., and asked them to form a group. Beat. Their first hit was Strawberry Lips (also known as Cherry Lips), but the pivot of their career was No Deeper Meaning, one of the singles featured on their first album (Horizon) which entered the Top 5 in several European countries.

In 1993 a big change occurred while Lana had left Culture Beat, and the producer replaced her with the new-comer Tania Evans. Jay and Tania proved to be the winning combination. Their first single, Mr. Vain, became soon No.1 in many countries. Short after, their second album, Serenity, scored the tops with songs like Get To Get It, Anything and World In Your Hands.

Meanwhile, Torsten Fenslau got killed in a car accident, and they had to postpone the release of Anything. Everybody was wondering if Culture Beat would go on. When it was released it looked like this single wouldn’t be as successful as it’s predecessors.

Only after few weeks Anything reached the No.4 of The Dutch Top 10. The next success was without doubt World In Your Hands, an album followed by a re-mix

After the re-mix album people thought they will stop, and will not go for a new album. However, Frank Fenslau, Torsten’s younger brother, became the big man behind Culture Beat. Assisted by five producers, who were used to work with Culture Beat, Frank released in 1995 Inside Out.

In 1996 Culture Beat put one song to the Queen Dance Traxx Vol. 1 CD, a CD containing covers of Queen redone by dance-acts among whom Mr. President, Scatman John, Blossom or Magic Affair. For the cover, Culture Beat chose Under Pressure, a re-mix which became very popular.

On the same year, Tania left the group and continued a solo career by remaining to the dance sound which made Culture Beat famous. Frank replaced Tania with Kim Sanders, a singer famous for few solo hits.

When on 16th February, 1998, Pay No Mind hit the stores in Germany and in the Netherlands, Jay Supreme had already left the group. Four days later the new album Metamorphosis reached the stores.

On, February 2000 Kim Sanders left Culture Beat. She was replaced by Jackie Sangster, a vocalist who worked with ex-T-Spoon rapper Shamrock on a song called Superflysexylove.

James Brown

James Brown grew up as the only child of a poor family. At the age of five, he moved together with his aunt, who used to live in Augusta, Ga. He earned money by dancing and singing for the soldiers located at nearby Camp Gordon.

In 1940, he had run afoul of the law on an armed robbery conviction. A family friend named Bobby Byrd helped him get parole. Ten years after Brown and Byrd put up together a music quartet named the Flames.

In November 1955, the Flames recorded a demo with the name Please, Please, Please, which was heard by the producer Ralph Bass. Impressed by Brown’s talent he signed a contract with them. One week later, James Brown and the Flames were recording in Ohio and within two months they released Please, Please, Please, a single which reached no. 5 on Billboard’s R&B list.

The second hit, Try Me came only after three years in the winter of 1958. Brown hired a steady backup band, which became the hottest R&B band in America. He trained his team to dance, shake, and scream while on the stage. These strange movements became the group’s trademark.

Brown released the first album spending his own money. He recorded his performance at the Apollo Theater in October 1962. In one year, Live At The Apollo hit no. 2 on Billboard’s album chart.

Ignoring his King contract, in 1964 James recorded Out of Sight for Smash. He got in trouble and started a legal battle. For one year he couldn’t release any new song. When he finally made up with King in 1965, he signed a new contract allowing him a wide array of artistic control.

Out of Sight hit the pop Top 30 and topped the R&B charts. Shortly after he released Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag which hit the jackpot becoming No. in Top 10 pop single,
I Got You (I Feel Good) – hit No. 3.

In 1969, Brown’s band walked out on him, and he hired instead a young band from Cincinnati, the Pacemakers. They worked together only for one year. By the early 1970s, some members of his old band returned. By the 1980s, he lost his artistic power, while the critics were complaining that the Godfather was repeating and recycling his music.

Since the 1970s, the artist had a number of difficulties, including financial and drug problems. In 1988, Brown’s wife brought assault and battery charges against him. He was involved in a car chase. According to the police Brown threatened people with a handgun. He went to prison for six years. He was released on parole after two years.

In 1992 Brown was awarded with a Grammy for his entire career.

Ray Charles

Blind since he was six, Ray Charles studied composition and learned to play to different instruments while he was studying at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind. Since his parents died when he was a teenager Charles had to work as a musician in Florida. In 1947 he moved to Seattle.

Charles hit in 1951 the Top Ten R&B with Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand.
In the early ’50s, Charles went to New Orleans where he worked with Guitar Slim. But only at Atlantic Records, Ray found his success releasing I Got a Woman, a No. R&B hit in 1955.

This Little Girl of Mine, Drown in My Own Tears, Hallelujah I Love Her So, Lonely Avenue, The Right Time, and What’d I Say were all big hits for Ray Charles.

At the end of the 1950s he left Atlantic Records for ABC. He was happy with the arrangements because they agreed with a much greater degree of artistic control of his recordings. He used it to release Unchain My Heart and Hit the Road Jack.

In 1962, he changed the style and turned to country & western music. Soon he scored the charts with I Can’t Stop Loving You.

In 1965 Ray Charles was busted for heroin.

Competitors

SINGERS’ CONTEST

MICHAEL JAMES – ENGLAND
CHARLES HERMAND – BELGIUM
NADIA BOTEVA – BULGARIA
AFONSO – BRASIL
ZHU HONG – CHINA
CARON – FINLAND
JAY DAY – FINLAND
ENA SEA – GERMANY
MICHAEL MORGAN – GERMANY
DUILIO – ITALY
AB THREE – INDONESIA
EDO KONDOLOGIT – INDONESIA
DAV MC. NAMARA – IRELAND
MARIS VITOLS – LITHUANIA
GYTIS PASKEVICIUS – LITHUANIA
ARTURO VARGAS – MEXICO
TONE NORUM – NORWAY
LORENZA – HOLLAND
SOPHIA – HOLLAND
MONA ROSOGA – ROMANIA
YOUDDIPH – RUSSIA
ZIA – SWEDEN
PATRICE – U.S.A.
WORTHY DAVIS – U.S.A.

VIDEOCLIP CONTEST

ELBA – BRAZIL
MEI HUA – CHINA
LARONTE – CUBA
JAY DAY – FINLAND
AB THREE – INDONESIA
GYTIS PASKEVICIUS – LITHUANIA
TONE NORUM – NORWAY
DZIDEK – GERMANY
CLUB FACTORY – HOLLAND
LOREDANA GROZA – ROMANIA
ENA SEA – GERMANY
BENNY – MEXICO
LINGA – LETHONIA
YOUDDIPH – RUSSIA

DEBUT CONTEST

TONY PUTRINO – AUSTRALIA
CHARLES HERMAND – BELGIUM
BAD GIRLS – BRAZIL
MEI HUA – CHINA
CARON – FINLAND
ENA SEA – GERMANY
MIRJAMS DREAM – GERMANY
DUILIO – ITALY
ANTONELLA ARANCIO – ITALY
BENNY – MEXICO
SOPHIA – HOLLAND
CARL LINGER – HOLLAND
DRAGOS ALEXANDRU – ROMANIA
YOUDDIPH – RUSSIA
ZIA – SWEDEN
TONE NORUM – NORWAY

Winners

The Golden Stag Trophy
WORTHY DAVIS – U.S.A.

Videoclip Contest
1st Prize
LINGA – LETHONIA
2nd Prize
ENA SEA – GERMANY
3rd Prize
BENNY – MEXICO

Debut Contest
1st Prize
ANTONELLA ARANCIO – ITALY
2nd Prize
ZIA – SWEDEN
3rd Prize
TONE NORUM – NORWAY

Singers’ Contest
1st Prize
MONA ROSOGA – ROMANIA
2nd Prize
AB THREE – INDONESIA
3rd Prize
ZIA – SWEDEN