Charlene Marilynn D’Angelo Oliver (born June 1, 1950, Hollywood, California) is an American R&B singer best known as Charlene.
Title: I´ve Never Been To Me
Label: Motown Records
She is known mainly for her 1982 popular song “I’ve Never Been to Me”, and is considered a one-hit-wonder.
She was christened by her mother under the name Charlene Marilynn D’Angelo, which was later shortened to Charlene for her record label. In 1973, Charlene signed with Motown under the name “Charlene Duncan”.
Charlene originally recorded “I’ve Never Been to Me” in 1976, and the single reached #97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1977. When released again in 1982, the single reached #3 in Charts.
In 1982, Tampa, Florida disc jockey Scott Shannon, then at WRBQ, started playing the song at the behest of a girlfriend, by which time Charlene had lost her recording contract, moved to England and was working in a sweetshop in Ilford, London.
Audience reaction was impressive, resulting in the song’s second release with the original spoken bridge. The second release was a hit in England as well.
1. I’ve Never Been To Me (3:47)
2. It Ain’t Easy Coming Down (3:28)
3. Can We Try (3:46)
4. Hungry (3:23)
5. Hey Mama (3:33)
1. I Won’t Remember Ever Loving You (4:12)
2. Johnny Doesn’t Love Here Anymore (3:52)
3. After The Ball (3:28)
4. I Need A Man (4:16)
5. If I Could See Myself (2:47)