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Foldy, Peter

Foldy was born in Hungary and raised in Sydney, Australia where he forged a strong friendship with the young Gibb Bothers who would later find worldwide success as The Bee Gees. After a family move to Toronto, Foldy enrolled in film school at York University getting work as an extra in productions being filmed in Toronto. He broke onto the music scene with his 1973 single, “Bondi Junction” on the indie label Kanata Records. The record reached number one on RPM’s Adult Contemporary Chart, received two Juno Award nominations and was a legitimate hit across Canada, also penetrating the US, Australia and the Uinited Kingdom. An album entitled ‘Peter Foldy’ soon followed on Kanata Records. In 1975 Foldy was signed by Paul White at Capitol-EMI of Canada (and had a deal with Polydor in the US). His follow up recordings “Roxanne” and “Julie-Ann” also reached Top-10 status on many charts across the country (as well as in the US). On the bad advice of his manager he left his deal with Capitol with promise of bigger things in the United States which, unfortunately, failed to materialize. However, Roger Davies, an old friend of Foldy’s from Australia (and later Tina Turner’s manager) helped him find a deal with Free Flight Records, a a pop label started by RCA Records in Los Angeles a couple of years later. A move to LA allowed Foldy to continue his momentum with the singles, “Love City” and “School Of Love”, songs he both wrote and co-produced. When Free Flight abruptly closed its doors, Foldy turned his attention to film, quickly selling his first screenplay, “Hot Moves”, which became a considerable theatrical and video hit in the mid-80’s. More screenplays followed and in the early ’90’s Foldy started directing. His feature film credits include “Midnight Witness” starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Maxwell Caulfield; “Tryst” with Barbara Carrera and Academy Award winner, Louise Fletcher; “Widow’s Kiss” with former Foldy background singer, Beverly D’Angelo; and “Seeds Of Doubt” with Peter Coyote. His most recent directing effort, “Silver Man”, starred Eugene Levy, Joe Pantoliano and Daniel Baldwin. It was the winner of numerous awards including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’ at Planet Indie in Toronto, and the Jury Prize for ‘Best Feature’ at the Tambay Film Festival in Tampa Bay, Florida. Foldy has had his songs covered by various artists, among them disco diva Samantha Sang (“Let’s Start Again”). He also wrote and produced music with the late Dee Murray, bass player for the Elton John band. He is currently the co-producer of a TV series entitled ‘My First Time’ on Showtime in the US. An avid photographer, Foldy has recently exhibited his black and white photographs at a gallery in Toronto. A compilation CD entitled “Bondi Junction And Other Hits” has been released in Canada through Pacemaker in May 2007. It contains his past hits, some never released tracks as well as two brand new songs he recorded especially for the CD along with Blair Packham (Jitters). He is in the planning stages for several feature film projects as well as a CD containing new material. He’s currently just wrapped up a new Adam Corolla short film called “Head, Heart & Balls”. with notes from Peter Foldy. Discography Singles 1973 Bondi Junction/Alice Mary Jane MacPherson (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1015 1973 I’ll Never Know/Yes, Operator (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1019 1974 When I Am So In Love/Remember (Kanata/Quality) KAN 1020 1974 Christmas Eve With You/Spanky (Kanata/Quality) KAN-1022 1975 Hollywood/Paris Bound (Capitol/EMI) 72755 1976 Roxanne/Funny (Capitol/EMI) 72775 1977 Julie Ann/Paris Bound (Capitol/EMI) 72783 1979 Love City/Turn It Up (Free Flight/RCA – US) PB-11692 1982 School Of Love/Love City (Rio) RIO-737 1982 My Christmas Wish For You/[Instrumental] (Nightflite) 108 1988 Desperately [duet w/Mona Lisa Young]/[Instrumental] (Filmstreet – US) FILM-002 1988 Is There Love In Your Heart/Desperately (Southside) 8812 2003 All I Want For Christmas Is You (Pacemaker)   Albums 1974 Peter Foldy (Kanata) KAN-12 2007 Bondi Junction And Other Hits (Pacemaker/EMI) [contains 2 previously unreleased and 2 new recordings] 2014 Nine Lives (Peter Foldy) 2019 Toxic World (Peter Foldy)   “from The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia written by Jaimie Vernon”