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Hazell Dean
Birth name Hazel Dean Poole
Born 27 October 1956 (1956-10-27) (age 53)
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop, Hi-NRG, MOR, Soul
Years active 1975–present
Labels EMI, Proto, and others

Hazell Dean (born Hazel Dean Poole, 27 October 1956[1] Great Baddow, Essex) is a UK dance-pop singer, who achieved her biggest success in the 1980s as a leading Hi-NRG artist. She is best known for the top ten hits "Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)", "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)" and "Who's Leaving Who". She has also worked as a songwriter and producer.



She started her career in the mid 1970s and came to prominence in the 1980s after many years as a club performer and working on the gay scene with her brand of Hi-NRG. Dean was elected three times as the "Best Live Performer" by the "Federation of American Dance Clubs" (US), and twice as a "Best British Performer" by "Club Mirror Awards" (UK).

She participated twice in the A Song for Europe contest. In 1976 she took eighth place (out of twelve) with the ballad, "I Couldn't Live Without You for a Day", written by contest veteran Paul Curtis.[2] 1984 saw Dean finish in seventh place of eight, with another dramatic ballad, "Stay In My Life", which she wrote herself.[3] She also provided backing vocals for Samantha Janus in 1991's Eurovision Song Contest.

Mainstream success

Hazell Dean gained initial success in the 1980s, in February 1984 when she entered the UK Top 75 Singles Chart with the double A-sided single, "Evergreen"/"Jealous Love" which peaked at #63. Two months later however, she scored her first top 10 hit with the re-release of "Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)", which had previously stalled at #76 in 1983 but managed to peak at #6 upon being re-issued. Dean then released the follow-up "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)" (produced by Stock Aitken Waterman) in August which hit #4. "Whatever I Do" was originally recorded by Michael Prince as "Dance Your Love Away", but the song was re-written by Mike Stock & Matt Aitken because Dean disliked the chorus. It's #4 placing gave Stock Aitken Waterman their first ever top ten hit. Further singles from the album, "Back In My Arms (Once Again)" and "No Fool (For Love)" narrowly missed the UK Top 40 by both peaking at #41.

Initial singles that were to be included on her second album "Always" failed to ignite the UK Singles Charts. The first new recording, "They Say It's Gonna Rain", reached #58 on the UK Singles Chart, though she secured a #1 single in South Africa with this Stock Aitken Waterman-produced single. Subsequent singles fared worse with "ESP", "Stand Up" and "Always (Doesn't Mean Forever)" not managing to break the UK Top 75 Singles Chart. In early 1988 however, again teaming up with Stock Aitken Waterman, she achieved her biggest hit in four years with "Who's Leaving Who", which reached #4. The follow-ups, "Maybe (We Should Call it a Day)", made the UK Top 20 at #15 and "Turn It Into Love" (which was originally recorded by Kylie Minogue and included on her debut album, Kylie) reached #21.


Hazell Dean left EMI and signed with Lisson Records, releasing two singles for the label. The first was a cover of Yvonne Elliman's "Love Pains" in 1989, produced by PWL in-house producers Phil Harding and Ian Curnow. However the single stalled at #48 on the UK Singles Chart. It was nearly two years before she released her next single, the SAW penned and produced "Better Off Without You", which was originally recorded by Lonnie Gordon. It just managed to scrape into the UK singles chart at #72. After the failure of these two singles, Dean no longer continued to work with Stock Aitken Waterman and began working with Ian Levine who had previously remixed and produced tracks with her in the mid 1980s.

During this time, Dean produced and wrote songs for Bad Boys Inc, Bona Riah (produced "House of Rising Sun"), Miquel Brown (produced "It's a Sin"), MEN 2 B (co-wrote "Love Satisfaction"), Upside Down and Sandra Feva.

1996 saw the release of Dean's next album, The Winner Takes It All, which was released on Carlton Records. This album contained covers of classic ABBA songs as well as lesser known ABBA tracks. The title track was released as a single, but it failed to reach the UK Top 75 Singles Chart. In 1999, Hazell released a cover version of Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" and in 2001 a remixed version of "Who's Leaving Who" was released. Neither of these singles charted.

Recent career

In 2007, Hazell returned to record with Ian Levine, completing the track "Trade Him for a Newer Model" for the album Disco 2008. The music video for "Trade Him for a Newer Model" was released on You Tube by Levine in mid autumn 2007.

In 2009, a number of songs (that have never before been available on any Hazell Dean Album in their original form) were released on ITunes, including some never-before released remixes, while Cherry Red Records re-issued Dean's first mainstream pop album Heart First in early 2010.

Hazell Dean continues to perform live and occasionally records with various producers, with tracks appearing via her official website.



  • 1981 The Sound of Bacharach and David
  • 1984 Heart First
  • 1988 Always (#38 UK Albums Chart)
  • 1995 The Best Of Hazell Dean (contained new songs)
  • 1996 The Winner Takes It All / Hazell Dean Sings Abba


  • 1975 "Our Day Will Come"
  • 1976 "I Couldn't Live Without You for a Day"
  • 1976 "Got You Where I Want You"
  • 1976 "Look What I've Found at the End of a Rainbow"
  • 1977 "No One's Ever Gonna Love You"
  • 1977 "Who Was that Lady"
  • 1981 "You Got Me Wrong"
  • 1983 "Stay in My Life"
  • 1983 "Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)" (#76 UK July 1983). (#8 U.S. Club Play Singles)
  • 1984 "Jealous Love" / "Evergreen" (#63 UK February 1984)
  • 1984 "Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man) (reissue)" (#6 UK April 1984)
  • 1984 "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)" (#4 UK July 1984)
  • 1984 "Back in My Arms (Once Again)" (#41 UK November 1984)
  • 1985 "No Fool (For Love)" (#41 UK March 1985)
  • 1985 "They Say it's Gonna Rain" (#58 UK October 1985)
  • 1986 "ESP" (#98 UK May 1986)
  • 1986 "Stand Up" (#79 UK September 1986)
  • 1987 "Always Doesn't Mean Forever" (#92 UK June 1987)
  • 1988 "Who's Leaving Who" #4 UK; #9 U.S.Hot Dance Music/Club Play); #11 Switzerland; #17 Austria; #31 Netherlands
  • 1988 "Maybe (We Should Call it a Day)" (#15 UK June 1988)
  • 1988 "Turn It into Love" (#21 UK September 1988)
  • 1989 "Love Pains" (#48 UK August 1989)
  • 1991 "Better Off Without You" (#72 UK March 1991)
  • 1993 "My Idea of Heaven" (#160 UK February 1994)
  • 1994 "Power and Passion"
  • 1996 "The Winner Takes It All" (#89 UK June 1996)
  • 1997 "Searchin' 97" (#116 UK October 1997)
  • 1998 "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves"
  • 1999 "Living on a Prayer"
  • 2001 "Who's Leavin' Who 2001"
  • 2004 "Searchin' 2004"


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