Morris Albert

Maurício Alberto Kaisermann (born 7 September 1951),[1] better known by his stage name Morris Albert, is a Brazilian singer and songwriter best known for his 1975 single "Feelings".

Morris Albert
Birth nameMaurício Alberto Kaisermann
Born (1951-09-07) 7 September 1951
São Paulo, United States of Brazil
GenresPop, soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1973–present
LabelsRCA

Biography

Albert was born into an Austrian immigrant family. At the beginning of his musical career, he was a member of several bands as a singer and guitarist. After the success of the first single "Feel the Sunshine", he recorded his debut album in 1974 under the title Feelings, which reached No. 1 in his homeland and stayed on the charts for half a year. The single "Feelings" was a soft rock hit song and became a one-hit wonder for Albert. The ballad reached the top ten U.S. Billboard charts in the summer of 1975 and sold more than 1 million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on 13 November 1975.[2]

In 1978 in the United States, he recorded another hit, "She's My Girl", among several other of his compositions.[3] He currently lives in Italy with his family.

"Feelings" controversy

Feelings was based on a melody composed by French songwriter Loulou Gasté. Albert originally claimed the melody as his own, but was later successfully sued by Gasté in 1988 by stealing of intellectual property.[4]

Discography

Albums

  • 1974: After We've Left Each Other
  • 1975: FeelingsUS No. 37
  • 1976: Morris Albert – U.S. No. 135
  • 1977: Love and Life
  • 1979: Once Upon a Man
  • 1981: Solitude
  • 1983: Beginnings
  • 1996: Sentimientos
  • 1999: Lover
  • 2003: Moods
  • 2004: Cuore

Sources:[5]

Singles

  • 1972: "Feel the Sunshine"
  • 1973: "The Throat"
  • 1973: "The Man from Nazareth"
  • 1974: "Sentimientos"
  • 1975: "Feelings" – US #6; US AC #2; UK #4, SA #5[6], AU #5, NZ #4,[7]
  • 1975: "Leave Me"
  • 1976: "Sweet Loving Man" – U.S. No. 93, Easy Listening #15; Canada #83, AC #17
  • 1976: "She's My Girl"
  • 1976: "Memories"
  • 1976: "So Nice"
  • 1977: "Conversation"
  • 1977: "Someone, Somehow"
  • 1982: "Do You Miss Me"
  • 2003: "Empty View"
  • 2004: "Cuore" (with Mietta)

Sources:[8][5]

See also

References

  1. Heenan, Andrew. "Real names of famous folks". Famous Folk. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008.
  2. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 353. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. nostalgie.fr
  4. Louis Gasté v. Morris Kaiserman, 863 F.2d 1061 (2d Cir. K1988) columbia.edu
  5. Charts & Awards at AllMusic
  6. Samson, John; Kimberley, Chris; Farquharson, Kevin (September–October 2000). "SA Charts 1969 – 1989". South Africa's Rock List. Retrieved 7 January 2014. As presented on Springbok Radio/Radio Orion
  7. Flavour of New Zealand, 30 January 1976
  8. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 207/8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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