Sweet Dreams – La Bouche | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#13); 1996

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

La Bouche means “the mouth” in French and, what with singer Melanie Thornton’s most obvious personality trait, seemed an appropriate name for the group she co-fronted. The other voice belonged to rapper Lane McCray Jr.. However, like many other Euro-outfits, the real force was the-man-behind-the sound, in this case, Frank Farian. Pre-La Bouche, Boney M. benefited from Farian’s expertise, chalking up nine straight Top 10 British hits, as did Milli Vanilli. La Bouch was based in Germany and featured the aforementioned Americans, Thornton and Lane, who had sung together in a group known as Groovin’ Affairs. In 1994 the trio unleashed Sweet Dreams onto the European dance scene where it found favor in Germany and France. Be My Lover and Fallin’ In Love followed before La Bouche caught on in the U.S.. In the spring of 1996 Sweet Dreams finally made its American appearance. As for Melanie, her career ended suddenly when in 2001 when the plane in which she was traveling crashed en route to a performance.

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Produced by:

  • Frank Farian
  • Ulli Brenner
  • Gerd Amir Saraf

Lyrics Written by:

  • Robert Haynes
  • Mehmet Sönmez
  • Melanie Thornton