Sabrina Salerno

Last updated

Sabrina Salerno
Sabrina Salerno 30 October 2010.jpg
Salerno performing live in Moscow,
Russia, 2010
Background information
Birth nameSabrina Debora Salerno [1]
Also known asSabrina
Born (1968-03-15) 15 March 1968 (age 50)
Genoa, Liguria, Italy [2]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • glamour model
  • actress
  • television presenter
Years active1986–present
Associated acts

Sabrina Salerno, also known in her singing career as Sabrina, is an Italian singer, songwriter, record producer, glamour model, actress and television presenter.


During her career, she has sold over 20 million records worldwide and scored 10 international hits, including 3 number ones. Internationally, she is best known for her 1987 single "Boys (Summertime Love)", which topped the charts in France and Switzerland, and peaked at No. 3 in the UK. The song was accompanied by a provocative music video, which established Sabrina's image as a sex symbol. Her other popular recordings include "All of Me (Boy Oh Boy)", "My Chico", "Like a Yo-Yo", "Gringo", "Siamo donne" and "Call Me".

Boys (Summertime Love) song by Sabrina Salerno

"Boys " is a song recorded by Italian singer Sabrina. It was released in May 1987 as the third single from her eponymous album and achieved great success in many countries, including Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy, where it was a number-one single. It was Sabrina's first single to be released in the UK, where it reached number 3 in June 1988.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Sex symbol famous person or fictional character widely regarded to be very sexually attractive

A sex symbol is a famous person or fictional character widely regarded to be very sexually attractive.



After winning a beauty contest in her native region, Liguria, Sabrina started modelling, and in 1984 made her television debut on the Italian prime time show Premiatissima on Canale 5. In 1986, her debut single "Sexy Girl", sung in English, was released. Produced by Claudio Cecchetto, it became a Top 20 hit in her native Italy and a modest international success. In late 1987, she released her first studio album, Sabrina , which was entirely sung in English. In addition to "Sexy Girl", the album included her international breakthrough hit "Boys (Summertime Love)" (number-one in both in France and Switzerland, and Top 5 in over 10 more countries [3] ), and "Hot Girl", a Top 20 hit in some European countries. [4] "Boys" gained popularity for its famous video, which included sexually suggestive scenes. The song has sold more than 1.5 million copies to date worldwide and remains Sabrina's trademark hit.

Beauty pageant competition of beautiful people

A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although most contests have evolved to also incorporate personality traits, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges' questions as judged criteria. The term refers largely to contests for women such as the Big Four international beauty pageants.

The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of Italy, constituting its second NUTS administrative level. There are 20 regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes.

Liguria Region of Italy

Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy; its capital is Genoa. The region almost coincides with the Italian Riviera and is popular with tourists for its beaches, towns, and cuisine.

In 1988, Sabrina received the "Best European Singer" award during the Festivalbar event, and enjoyed another European-wide summer hit with the single "All of Me (Boy Oh Boy)", produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. Later in that year, her second studio album, Super Sabrina , was released, and she maintained her image as a European sex symbol thanks to the raunchy videos that accompanied hits such as "My Chico" (her highest-charting single in Italy [5] ) and "Like a Yo-Yo", produced by Giorgio Moroder. The latter became the musical theme of Odiens, a very popular Italian prime time TV-show, in which Sabrina also appeared. Thanks to the success of her music and modelling, Sabrina performed in many European countries, among others at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988 and at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia, in 1989, where over three days 50,000 people gathered to see her perform. In 1989, she starred in the Italian comedy film Fratelli d'Italia , directed by Neri Parenti, alongside such actors as Christian De Sica, Jerry Calà, and Massimo Boldi. She also released a new single, "Gringo", to a moderate success, and her first remix album called Super Remix .

The Festivalbar was an Italian singing competition that took place in the most important Italian squares during summer, such as the Piazza del Duomo, Milan or Piazza Brà, Verona. The first edition took place in 1964 and was broadcast by RAI. The competition was held throughout the summer and the final round always took place at the Arena in Verona after 3-4 events in various cities of Italy.

All of Me (Boy Oh Boy) song by Sabrina Salerno

"All Of Me " was the fifth international single release by Italian popstar Sabrina. It was released in Italy in July 1988 as the first single from her second album Super Sabrina. It followed her previous single "Hot Girl" in Europe, while it was her second single release in the UK, following "Boys ".

Stock Aitken Waterman are an English songwriting and record producing trio consisting of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman. The trio had great success from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. SAW is considered to be one of the most successful songwriting and producing partnerships of all time, scoring more than 100 UK top 40 hits, selling 40 million records and earning an estimated £60 million.


Sabrina performing live in Moscow, Russia, 2010 Sabrina Salerno 30 October 2010 2.jpg
Sabrina performing live in Moscow, Russia, 2010

In 1990, Sabrina was the hostess of the weekly prime time TV-show Ricomincio da 2 with Raffaella Carrà on Rai Due, and released a new single called "Yeah Yeah", which only was a modest hit. 1991 marked a turning point in Sabrina's career, when she recorded a duet with Italian singer Jo Squillo, "Siamo donne", her first release in Italian language. They performed the song together at the 1991's Sanremo Music Festival to much acclaim. Sabrina's third studio album, Over the Pop , was released the same year, and for the first time she was allowed to co-write and produce some of the songs. Sabrina's desire for independence and distancing from her glamour career led to a conflict with her management. As a result, the promotion of the album suffered, and both the album and the follow-up single "Shadows of the Night" were commercial failures. A brand new single, "Cover Model", was released in France and Italy, but was unsuccessful in the charts, and Sabrina parted ways with her label and management.

Raffaella Carrà Italian actress/singer and television presenter

Raffaella Maria Pelloni, better known as Raffaella Carrà is an Italian singer, dancer, television presenter, and actress. She is a popular figure in Europe and Latin America, both as a result of her many well-known taped presentations and records, and because of her many popular TV shows. Carrà is widely regarded as a gay icon.

Rai 2 one of the three main television channels broadcast by Italian public television company RAI alongside with Rai 1 and Rai 3.

Rai 2 is one of the five main television channels broadcast by Italian public television company RAI alongside Rai 1, Rai 3, Rai 4 and Rai 5. Rai 2 first started broadcasting on 4 November 1961. In the eighties it was known for its political affiliation to the Italian Socialist Party; in recent years it has shifted its focus toward talk shows, reality television and infotainment.

Yeah Yeah (Sabrina song)

"Yeah Yeah" is a song by Italian singer Sabrina. It was produced by Severo Lombardoni. It was released in March 1990 as the first single from Sabrina's third album Over the Pop. The song reached #21 in Italy.

Sabrina released several non-album singles between 1994 and 1995, including the moderately successful "Angel Boy" and a new version of "Boys". In 1996, she established her own recording studio in Treviso with her then-husband Enrico Monti, and released her first Italian language album, Maschio dove sei which showcased her more mature pop rock sound. The album and its two singles, "Fatta e rifatta" and the title-track, were surprisingly acclaimed by the critics, but turned out commercial failures due to a lack of promotion and distribution. The album would be re-released the following year as Numeri, featuring the new title song. Sabrina debuted as a theatrical actress in the comedy I cavalieri della Tavola Rotonda, playing the role of Morgan le Fay, and then hosted the game show Il mercante in fiera.

Angel Boy

"Angel Boy" is a song by Italian singer Sabrina. The song was produced by Enrico Monti, Fulvio Zafret and Sergio Portaluri. It was released in 1995 as a non-album single.

Treviso Comune in Veneto, Italy

Treviso is a city and comune in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Treviso and the municipality has 84,669 inhabitants : some 3,000 live within the Venetian walls or in the historical and monumental center, some 80,000 live in the urban center proper while the city hinterland has a population of approximately 170,000. The city is home to the headquarters of clothing retailer Benetton, Sisley, Stefanel, Geox, Diadora and Lotto Sport Italia, appliance maker De'Longhi, and bicycle maker Pinarello.

<i>Maschio dove sei</i> album by Sabrina Salerno

Maschio dove sei is the fourth studio album by Italian pop singer Sabrina Salerno. It was released in 1996.

In 1998, Sabrina was cast in a comedy called Uomini sull'orlo di una crisi di nervi which was also very successful, and subsequently hosted the TV-show Cocco di mamma on Rai Uno. In this show she would sing some Italian and international summer hits of the past, what led her to launching a comeback in music. In 1999, Sabrina released a new album, A Flower's Broken . Although the music video accompanying the song "I Love You" sparked some interest, both the album and the single were unsuccessful, largely due to the dissolution of her label RTI Music. Sabrina appeared on the British TV-show Eurotrash where she performed "I Love You".


2001 saw Sabrina's comeback to theatre with the musical Emozioni, where she starred alongside Vladimir Luxuria. The play received very good reviews from critics and toured Italy for almost three years. In 2002, Sabrina hosted another TV-show on Italia 1 called Matricole & Meteore, in which she uncovered the current situations of former superstars, such as Shannen Doherty, Al Corley, Gary Coleman, and Charlene Tilton. In 2005, she starred in the independent film Colori which premiered at Salerno's Independent Cinema Festival, where she won the Critics' Choice Award for "Best Actress". In November of that year, Sabrina performed at the nostalgia concert Diskoteka 80-kh in Russia. The following year, she premiered a new song called "I Feel Love (Good Sensation)" on her website.

In 2007, Sabrina toured France and published a cover version of the disco classic "Born to Be Alive" on her Myspace page. In 2008, she toured France again, with the nostalgia tour RFM Party 80, organized by the French radio network RFM. She also performed at another 80s revival concert in Poland, which was part of Sopot Festival, together with Kim Wilde, Samantha Fox, Sandra, Thomas Anders (ex-Modern Talking), Limahl, and Shakin' Stevens. In October 2008, Sabrina released a double album, called Erase/Rewind Official Remix , which included new versions of her old hits as well as several new tracks and cover versions.


In 2010, Sabrina and English singer Samantha Fox released a cover version of Blondie's hit "Call Me" as a duet. The single peaked at No. 4 on the Italian Dance Singles Sales Chart. [6] During the summer of 2010 she hosted the prime time TV-show Mitici 80 on Italia 1. In 2012, Sabrina starred as herself in the French movie Stars 80, directed by Frédéric Forestier and produced by Thomas Langmann, and was on another RFM tour in France. In 2013, Sabrina featured on Neon Neon's song "Shopping (I Like To)", from the duo's second studio album Praxis Makes Perfect . [7] During the same year, she continued touring in France with the RFM Party and started recording new material. During March and April 2014, Sabrina performed with and mentored a dance group called LECCEzione on Rai 1 prime time TV-show La Pista. [8] In June, she released a Rick Nowels-produced single called "Colour Me", written and co-produced by Sabrina herself.



1986Ferragosto O.K. (TV film)Guendalina
1986 Grandi magazzini The thief
1987Professione vacanze (TV series)Mia Star
1987 Delirium Sabrina
1987Tutti in palestra (TV series)Sabrina
1989 Fratelli d'Italia Michela Sauli
1998Jolly BluAnnabella
1998Tutti gli uomini sono uguali (TV series)Vittoria
2006Film DSara
2012Stars 80Sabrina

Related Research Articles

Lara Fabian Belgo-Canadian singer

Lara Sophie Katy Crokaert (born 9 January 1970), better known as Lara Fabian, is a Canadian-Belgian singer, songwriter, musician, actress and producer. She sold over 20 million records worldwide as of September 2017 and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time.

Amii Stewart American singer, dancer and actress

Amy Paulette "Amii" Stewart is an American disco and soul singer and dancer most famous for her hit disco record cover of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood". Stewart is the stepsister of actress-singer Miquel Brown and aunt to Brown's actress-singer daughter Sinitta.

Mina (Italian singer) Italian singer

Anna Maria MazziniOMRI, Anna Maria Quaini, known as Mina Mazzini or simply Mina, is an Italian singer. She was a staple of television variety shows and a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the 1960s to the mid-1970s, known for her three-octave vocal range, the agility of her soprano voice, and her image as an emancipated woman.

Amanda Lear French singer, actress, television presenter, painter, ex-lyricist, ex-model

Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model.

Gigliola Cinquetti Italian singer

Gigliola Cinquetti is an Italian singer and TV presenter.

Lollipop (Italian band) Italian girl band

Lollipop is an Italian girl group formed in 2001 on the international television sensation Popstars, a precursor to the Idols shows. They sing mainly in English although they recorded two songs in Italian. They enjoyed good success in their home country.

Jeanne Mas French singer

Jeanne Mas, born on 28 February 1958 in Alicante, Spain, but naturalised in France, is a French pop singer and actress.

Alice (singer) Italian singer

Alice, also known as Alice Visconti, is an Italian singer-songwriter and pianist, active since 1971. Alice had her breakthrough after winning the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Per Elisa" in 1981, followed by European hit singles like "Una notte speciale", "Messaggio", "Chan-son Egocentrique", "Prospettiva Nevski" and "Nomadi" and albums like Gioielli rubati, Park Hotel, Elisir and Il sole nella pioggia charting in Continental Europe, Scandinavia and Japan.

Quelque chose dans mon cœur 1987 single by Elsa Lunghini

"Quelque chose dans mon cœur" is a 1987 song recorded by the French artist Elsa Lunghini. Released on December 1987, this song was the first single from her debut album Elsa. It achieved a great success in France, reaching number two.

<i>Super Sabrina</i> album

Super Sabrina is the second studio album by Italian pop singer Sabrina. It was released in 1988.

Like a Yo-Yo 1989 single by Sabrina Salerno

"Like a Yo-Yo" is a song by Italian singer Sabrina. This song was written and produced by Giorgio Moroder. It was released in February 1989 as the album's third and final single. The song's B-sides "Doctors Orders" and "Sex" appeared on Sabrina's second studio album.

<i>Over the Pop</i> album by Sabrina Salerno

Over the Pop is the third studio album by Italian pop singer Sabrina. It was released in 1991.

Neon Hitch English singer

Neon Hitch is an English singer and songwriter. She was signed to Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem's label, The Beats, before it closed down. She was later discovered on MySpace by Benny Blanco, who flew her to New York City to work with him. Their work together earned her a music publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Neon's debut album, Anarchy, was released on 22 July 2016 via WeRNeon.

Marianna Cataldi an Italian singer-songwriter and composer.

"Tomorrow" is a song by French singer Amanda Lear from her 1977 album I Am a Photograph, released as a single the same year. The song was a commercial success and remains one of Lear's biggest hits.

Sabrina Carpenter American singer, songwriter, and actress

Sabrina Annlynn Carpenter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She had a recurring role as the young version of Chloe Goodwin in The Goodwin Games and starred as Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She starred as Jenny Parker in 2016 Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting. She is signed to Hollywood Records. Her debut EP Can't Blame a Girl for Trying was released in 2014, and she has since released two full-length albums: Eyes Wide Open (2015) and Evolution (2016). Her third studio album, Singular: Act I, was released on November 9, 2018.

Le Banana Split 1979 song by Lio

"Le Banana Split" is the debut single by Belgian pop singer Lio. It was a very big hit when it was first released in 1979, selling 700,000 copies. It is considered today Lio's signature song.

Neon Lights (Demi Lovato song) Demi Lovato song

"Neon Lights" is a song by American singer Demi Lovato from her fourth studio album, Demi (2013). The song was released as the album's third single on November 19, 2013. Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella produced and co-wrote the song along with Lovato, Mario Marchetti and Tiffany Vartanyan. On September 29, 2013, Lovato announced the name of her concert tour, the Neon Lights Tour, and soon after that "Neon Lights" would become the third single from the album. The song, with its prominent EDM influences, covered new ground for Demi, who had been previously known for her pop ballad singles. Its accompanying music video was released on November 21, 2013.


  1. "Sabrina Salerno, official Facebook account post" . Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  2. "Sabrina Salerno - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  3. "Sabrina - Boys" (in French). Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  4. "Sabrina - Hot Girl" (in French). Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  5. "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: S" (in Italian). Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  6. "Top 20 del 01-07-2010" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  7. "Neon Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  8. " - RaiUno - La Pista" (in Italian). Retrieved 2014-04-06.