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C. C. Catch

C. C. Catch

Dutch-German pop singer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Dutch-German pop singer
A.K.A. C.C. Catch, Caroline Catherine Müller
Countries Kingdom of the Netherlands
Occupations Singer Composer
Gender female
Birth 31 July 1964 (Oss)
Star sign Leo
C. C. Catch
The details
Biography

Caroline Catherine Müller (born 31 July 1964), known professionally as C. C. Catch, is a Dutch-born German pop singer, best known for her collaboration with Dieter Bohlen in the 1980s.

Early life

C. C. Catch in 1986

C. C. Catch was born in the Netherlands to a German father and a Dutch mother and moved to Germany in the late 1970s with her family. She was supported by her parents from an early age, when they recognised her talent and encouraged her wish to be a famous singer. Her father was especially supportive and played a very important role in her successful career as her manager and tour-manager.

From an early age, the up-and-coming singer took part in talent contests and was originally a member of the German girl group Optimal, which consisted of four female members.

Musical career

C. C. Catch in 2002
C. C. Catch in 2002
C. C. Catch in 2006

Müller was discovered by Dieter Bohlen (one half of Modern Talking) in one of her performances in Hamburg. Bohlen signed her to BMG, effectively launching her solo career. Bohlen gave her the stage name C. C. Catch, the two "C"s standing for the first initials of her two first names, and "Catch" which she thought was a good idea and looked great with the initials.

In the summer of 1985, Catch released her debut single "I Can Lose My Heart Tonight". The single entered the Top 20 in some European countries, including Germany and Switzerland.

Bohlen and Catch worked together until 1989, during which time twelve singles and four albums were released. Eight of those singles entered the Top 20, whereas one of the albums entered the Top 10. Catch wanted to bring more personal input to her songs, but Bohlen refused. As a result, in 1989, she parted ways with him and BMG. However, it took some court hearings for her to win the rights to her stage name.

On a New Year's Eve television show in Spain, Catch met Simon Napier Bell (former manager of Wham!'s George Michael). Shortly thereafter, Bell became her manager & signed her to Polygram subsidiary Metronome. Her 1st (and only) album in the label, Hear What I Say, was released at the end of 1989 and was Catch's last album to date. It was produced by Andy Taylor (ex-Duran Duran), Dave Clayton (who has worked with George Michael and U2), and Jo Dworniak. Seven of the songs were co-written by her, in which Catch was able to collaborate more. It sold more than her previous two albums, Big Fun and Diamonds, demonstrating her abilities as an artist working on her own terms.

From this album, "Big Time" was released as a single in 1989, and peaked at No.26 in Germany. During this time, BMG also released the single "Baby I Need Your Love", along with the compilation Classics.

Hiatus

Afterwards, C. C. Catch parted with Metronome on good terms to take time out from the music industry. During this time she focused on her spiritual growth, practicing yoga and a form of meditation; she also started writing her own songs.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
AUT
NOR
SPA
SWE
SWI
Catch the Catch
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
6 24 6 21 25 8
Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
28 22 44
  • SPA: Gold
Like a Hurricane
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
30 25
Big Fun
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
53 22
  • SPA: Platinum
Hear What I Say
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Metronome Musik
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
75 46
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Compilation albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
SPA
Diamonds: Her Greatest Hits
  • Released: 16 May 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
43 25
  • SPA: Gold
Super 20
  • Released: 2 January 1990
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Backseat of Your Cadillac
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Super Disco Hits
  • Released: 2 May 1994
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Best of '98
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
76
Heartbreak Hotel
  • Released: 3 July 2000
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Best of C. C. Catch
  • Released: 18 September 2000
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
In the Mix
  • Released: 12 May 2003
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Catch the Hits
  • Released: 16 September 2005
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The 80's Album
  • Released: 28 October 2005
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
Maxi Hit Sensation-Nonstop DJ
  • Released: 12 May 2006
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
Ultimate C. C. Catch
  • Released: 23 November 2007
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
25th Anniversary Box (5CD)
  • Released: 11 November 2011
  • Label: 4ever Music
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GER
AUT
BEL (FLA)
SPA
SWI
UK
"I Can Lose My Heart Tonight" 1985 13 24 7 19 Catch the Catch
"Cause You Are Young" 1986 9 28 6 8
"Strangers by Night" 9 15 33 10 11
"Heartbreak Hotel" 8 22 23 3 13 Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel
"Heaven and Hell" 13 2 19
"Are You Man Enough" 1987 20 5 28 Like a Hurricane
"Soul Survivor" 17 1 96
"Good Guys Only Win in Movies" 1988 6
"House of Mystic Lights" 22 7 Non-album single
"Backseat of Your Cadillac" 10 6 Big Fun
"Summer Kisses"
"Nothing but a Heartache" 1989 39 14
"Baby I Need Your Love"
"Big Time" 26 Hear What I Say
"Midnight Hour"
"C. C. Catch Megamix '98" 1998 33 Best of '98
"Soul Survivor '98" 8
"I Can Lose My Heart Tonight '99" 1999 72 12
"Shake Your Head" 2003 12 Non-album singles
"Silence"
(featuring Leela)
2004
"Unborn Love" 2010
"Another Night in Nashville"
(with Chris Norman)
2014
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.
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