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Den Harrow
Birth name Manuel Stefano Zandri
Born June 4, 1962 (1962-06-04) (age 47)
Nova Milanese , Italy
Origin Italy
Genres New-wave, Italo-Disco
Years active 1983–present
Labels Baby Records, Polydor Records

Den Harrow is an Italian new wave project which was especially popular in the '80s and early '90s. Manuel Stefano Zandri (born on June 4, 1962 in Nova Milanese, Italy) a fashion model from Milan, Italy was chosen to be the frontman of Den Harrow.



Den Harrow was a popular project in the 1980s and reached the top ten in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden with hits like Future Brain, Mad Desire, Bad Boy, Don't Break My Heart, Day by Day, and Catch the Fox, all from the first two albums Overpower and Day by Day. The name "Den Harrow" was invented by the producers of the project, which according to them is based on the Italian word "Denaro" (money).

Revealing the Truth

After years of fame and popularity, it was revealed both by the frontman of Den Harrow Stefano Zandri and the producers that Stefano Zandri did not actually sing his own songs; he was essentially a character who lip-synched to vocals produced by a number of other Italo singers. And since they did not consider Zandri's name and origin to be trendy enough, the producers R. Turatti and M. Chieregato had decided to invent a fictitious English based last name Manuel Stefano Carry as well as U.S. based birth place Boston Massachusetts, U.S. by concealing Stefano's true Italian origins to be able to market him more easily in the English speaking world. [1]

Most of the songs for Den Harrow project were sung by an American vocalist Tom Hooker (aka Thomas Barbey, who was residing in Italy during the Italo-Disco era), including Europe-wide hit singles "Don't Break My Heart", "Bad Boy", "Catch the Fox", and "Future Brain". Another vocalist, [Anthony James]link title (from London, England but now based in New York) was contracted to sing the lead vocal on the "Lies" album and sang the lead vocal on songs like "Holiday Night", "My Time", "You have a way" as the lead singer after a disagreement with Tom Hooker and the record company. At the time Anthony James was living in Milan and was writing music for TV and radio and was asked by Baby Records to sign a deal to sing two albums" During an interview, Tom Hooker explains why it was decided to be done this way:

There was a small problem, however. He couldn't sing. So the solution was to never let him sing, or to put his voice so low in the mix that it was non existent. He started as an image. He would work on his costumes and clothes and someone else would sing on the records. The truth is, vision is a more developed sense in humans than hearing. People tend to buy and listen what they like to see.[2]

Also according to Tom Hooker, in the very beginning Chuck Rolando's voice was used in the singles "To Meet Me" and "A Taste of Love". Later on, Silver Pozzoli was chosen to do the single "Mad Desire"; however, Hooker also produced the vocals for the album releases of "Mad Desire". Even though, Tom Hooker continued co-writing tracks for Den Harrow project, producers felt to bring in another vocalist into the studio with a higher voice than that of Hooker's for the 1988 album called Lies. According to Tom Hooker; however, Stefano Zandri has sung on his 1991 single Ocean.[2]

Den Harrow now

Currently, Stefano Zandri continues to do live performances, especially in eastern Europe, still under the name Den Harrow, allegedly claiming that he has learned to sing himself.

In 1997 Stefano Zandri moved to California to take part in the TV serial Sunset Beach.

In 2005 hosted the TV show "Radio HARROW" on the satellite TV channel "Match Music".

In 2006 Stefano Zandri took part in a reality show: the Italian version of "Celebrity Survivor" broadcast on Rai Due.

In 2007 Stefano Zandri released a new song "FEDEN - Lo so", written and sung by him and his wife, only available on his web site that reportedly sold already 16.000 copies, he is also planning to sell his autobiographical book entitled "Segreti e bugie" (Secrets and Lies) also available on his website.




  • 1985 - Overpower [#29 Sweden, #20 Switzerland] [3]
  • 1987 - Day By Day [#25 Sweden, #4 Switzerland] [4]
  • 1988 - Lies
  • 1989 - The Best Of Den Harrow
  • 1996 - I, Den
  • 1999 - Back From The Future
  • 1999 - Mad Desire (I Successi)


  • 1983 - To Meet Me
  • 1984 - A Taste Of Love
  • 1984 - Mad Desire (#13 Italy(1))
  • 1985 - Future Brain (#6 Switzerland, #17 France, #12 Italy(1))[5]
  • 1985 - Bad Boy (#11 Switzerland, #17 France, #5 Italy(2), #20 Germany) [6]
  • 1986 - Overpower
  • 1986 - Charleston (#17 Switzerland, #27 France, #18 Germany, #17 Italy(2)) [7]
  • 1986 - Catch The Fox (#16 Sweden, #8 Switzerland, #8 Italy(2), #27 Germany)[8]
  • 1987 - Don't Break My Heart (#6 Switzerland, #10 Italy(3) , #4 Germany, #5 Sweden)
  • 1987 - Tell Me Why (#12 Switzerland, #22 Germany, #15 Italy)
  • 1987 - Energy Rain
  • 1988 - Day By Day (#29 Italy, #10 Sweden)
  • 1988 - Born To Love (#20 Italy(4), #45 Germany, #12 Sweden)
  • 1988 - You Have A Way (#17 Italy(4), #56 Germany)
  • 1988 - Lies (#39 Italy)
  • 1989 - Holiday Night (#38 Germany)
  • 1989 - Take Me Back
  • 1991 - Ocean
  • 1992 - Real Big Love
  • 1992 - All I Want Is You
  • 1993 - Take Me
  • 1994 - The Universe Of Love
  • 1994 - You And The Sunshine
  • 1995 - Tomorrow Is Another Day
  • 1995 - I Need A Lover
  • 1996 - I Feel You
  • 1998 - Future Brain '98
  • 2000 - Future Brain 2000
  • 2001 - Don't Break My Heart (Remixes 2001)
  • 2006 - Push Push
  • 2007 - FEDEN - Lo so
  • 1-Those Italian chart positions indicating (1) on the right side of Italy are taken from Hit Parade Italia (1985) [9]
  • 2-Those Italian chart positions indicating (2) on the right side of Italy are taken from Hit Parade Italia (1986) [10]
  • 3-Those Italian chart positions indicating (3) on the right side of Italy are taken from Hit Parade Italia (1987) [11]
  • 4-Those Italian chart positions indicating (4) on the right side of Italy are taken from Hit Parade Italia (1988) [12]

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