Sonia Dada

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Sonia Dada
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Rock, soul, rhythm and blues
Years active1990 (1990)–2005
Labels Chameleon, Capricorn Records, Calliope Records, Razor & Tie
Members See below

Sonia Dada was an American rock, soul, and rhythm and blues band, formed in Chicago in 1990. Founding member Daniel Pritzker enlisted Michael Scott, Paris Delane, and Sam Hogan after hearing the latter three sing in a subway station. [1] Sonia Dada has become a mainstay of the Chicago musical scene in the years since, incorporating elements of rock, soul, gospel, and funk.


Their 1992 debut album, Sonia Dada, produced a major radio hit, "You Don't Treat Me No Good", and sold more than 100,000 copies. [1] The album peaked at #29 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in 1993. [1] In 1994, the band's tour saw them opening for the group Traffic, as well as headlining an extremely successful Australian tour. [1] The album reached #1 on the Australian ARIA charts and was the #13 highest selling album for the year of 1993. [2] The single "You Don't Treat Me No Good" spent four weeks at number one on the ARIA singles chart and was the #3 highest selling single for the same year, while "You Ain't Thinking (About Me)" was the #40 highest selling single. [3] However, they are known primarily as a one-hit wonder in Australia. [4] On the Australian ARIA charts "You Aint Thinking (About Me)" reached #3.

Since then, Sonia Dada has released four studio albums and a live album. Their 2004 release, Test Pattern, was released in a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD containing short films by Jeth Weinrich. [1]



Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
US Heat
1992 Sonia Dada 21729
  • ARIA: 2x Platinum [7]
1995 A Day at the Beach
1998 My Secret Life
2002 Barefootsoul
  • Release date: August 20, 2002
  • Label: Calliope Records
2004 Test Pattern
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums

YearAlbum details
1999 Lay Down and Love It Live
  • Release date: October 12, 1999
  • Label: Calliope Records


YearSinglePeak chart
1992"You Don't Treat Me No Good"12
  • ARIA: 3x Platinum [7]
Sonia Dada
1993"You Ain't Thinking (About Me)"319
  • ARIA: Gold [7]
"The Edge of the World"64
"New York City"
"Paradise"96Sonia Dada (1994 Re-Release)
1995"Sail Away"A Day at the Beach
1996"Screaming John"
1999"I Want to Take You Higher"Lay Down and Love It Live
2002"Baby Woke Up"Barefootsoul
2005"Old Bones"Test Pattern
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Biography.
  2. ARIA End of Year Album Charts 1993 Accessed 18 August 2008 Archived July 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ARIA End of Year Singles Charts 1993 Accessed 18 August 2008
  4. Sonia Dada Return. Undercover, April 19, 2005. Accessed April 2, 2007. Archived October 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
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    • Top 50 peaks: " > Sonia Dada in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
    • Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. 1 2 " > Sonia Dada in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  7. 1 2 3 Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.