Island songwriters Ken Lowe and Queenie Cool have had a major success with one of their songs, – Icon – which has been released by Amanda Lear on her latest album, – I Don’t Like Disco.
Iconic French singer, model, artist, actress and novelist Amanda Lear knows a thing or two about art, pop culture, rock n roll and disco! She has modelled for YSL and Ossie Clark, been Salvador Dali’s muse and had swinging times in London with boyfriends Bryan Ferry, David Bowie and Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones but it was her fetish-clad feature on Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure album cover that catapulted her into the UK spotlight. With a little nudge from Bowie to pursue music, she became the Queen Of Disco throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America selling 15 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide.
Icon was written specially for Amanda by Queenie and Ken, following interest in their songs by Amanda’s record company.
Singer Queenie and keyboard-player Ken are well known on the Island gigging circuit. As The Cool Connection, they play their particular style of smooth jazz and blues, either as the duo, trio or four-piece with guest musicians on drums and sax. They appear regularly at top island venues and events including The Old Gaffers
Festival, Priory Bay Hotel, The Oyster Bar and Three Buoys and feature at mainland jazz events and private functions in London and the South East.
The CD version of the album ‘I Don’t Like Disco’ has so far been released only in France but releases in other countries are planned for later this year and the tracks, including Icon, are available on download sites and on YouTube.
Queenie wrote the lyrics to Icon specifically with Amanda in mind. They tell her story and reflect her extraordinary and fabulous life. When Amanda first heard the words she was ecstatic and told Qiueenie they spoke to her soul. “It doesn’t get much better than that when you compose” Queenie is currently working on a song based on the life of about Elvis for Amanda’s next album. This one is more retro in feel with a feel good factor -definitely one to dance to!”