Everybody remembers Kiki for the 1976 world-wide smash hit with Elton John, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (which was Elton’s first UK No. 1) but quite separately Kiki has established herself as one of the great British singers of all time.
Carmelo Luggeri’s abilities as a guitarist, composer and producer have taken him on a rich and interesting musical path over the last two decades. Born in England of Italian parents, Carmelo was mainly self-taught with some classical training. It was whilst sitting on a beach in Italy that he first heard Santana’s “Samba Pa Ti”. This was the defining moment when he fell in love with the guitar and decided a life in music was for him! He was signed to Bill Wyman’s Ripple Productions as a writer and artist collaborating with Bill on several projects. He has also worked with Billy Connolly, Andy Williams, Paul Rodgers, (Free, Bad Company), Kenney Jones, (The Faces, The Who), Ray Cooper, (Elton John),Julian Lennon, Chris Rea and singer songwriter Ralph McTell.
Carmelo and Kiki’s paths first crossed when he produced a collection of bonus tracks for “The Very Best of Kiki Dee” album, and, having hit it off musically, they took on a new musical direction together.
“It’s time that one of the great unfeted voices of the 60s should be remembered for something other than that duet and an (admittedly fantastic) pair of dungarees.”
PETE PAPHIDES, THE GUARDIAN