France Joli sings "Come to Me" (Turn up the volume!)
The magnificent original 1979 recording of "Come to Me" (9:34) was by the magnetic France Joli. Born in Dorion, Quebec, in 1963, she began singing in her home when she was four. By 1974, at age 11, she was performing in talent shows and appearing in commercials. She was 16 years old when she created a sensation singing at Fire Island's July 4th, 1979 oceanfront party (substituting for a no-show Donna Summer), and later that year her "Come to Me" recording topped the 1979 Hot Dance charts at #1 and broke into Billboard
's mainstream Top 20 at #15. The clip below is from September 9, 2006, in Paris. "I want everybody in the house to put up your hands! Everybody, come on... up, up, up!" Still mesmerizing and exhilarating after all these years.