Samantha Karen “Sam” Fox (born April 15, 1966 in Mile End, London) is an English former glamour model and dance-pop singer.
As the eldest daughter of the late Patrick John Fox and Carole Ann Wilken, Samantha Fox came from a family of market traders in the East End of London. She has a sister, Vanessa, who is six years younger, and a half-sister, Frederica, from her father’s second marriage.
She attended St Thomas More RC School, Haringey, and took a keen interest in the theatre from an early age. She first appeared on a theatre stage at the age of three, and was enrolled in the Anna Scher Theatre School from the age of five. Her first television appearance came in 1976, at the age of ten, in a BBC play entitled “No Way Out”. She started at the Judi Dench Mountview Theatre School, near her home in Crouch End, at the age of eleven.
Interested in music from an early age, she formed her first band at the age of fourteen. Her first record deal came a year later, with Lamborghini Records. However, both her theatre and music careers went on hold when her modeling career took off.
In the late-1980s, Fox began a successful singing career, producing three albums in three years (1986-1988), and working with notable music producers such as Stock Aitken Waterman and Full Force. Her debut single, “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)”, released when she was just 20 years old, made the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic (Number Three in the UK; Number Four in the US). It also topped the charts in many countries. Her debut live performance came at Peter Stringfellow’s club Hippodrome. Fox had three Top Ten hits in both the United States and Britain. In Canada and the U.S., “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” (Number Three in the US; Number Eight in Canada) and “I Wanna Have Some Fun” (Number Eight in the US; Number Ten in Canada) made the Top Ten; whereas British audiences put “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)” (Number Ten in the UK) and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” (Number Eight in the UK) into the Top Ten. Her successful singing career resulted in Fox touring the world, including unusual places such as Bosnia, Russia, Ukraine, and Siberia. In total Fox achieved eight Top 40 hits as a solo artist in the UK and four other singles found a place in the Top 75 in the U.S.
After a three-year break, Samantha Fox released her fourth and final album in for Jive Records in 1991, entitled Just One Night. The album mirrored her previous work on 1988’s I Wanna Have Some Fun, by presenting a mix of old school hip-hop style tracks featuring Full Force, along with a collection of pop and rock tracks. Just one Night became a hit for Fox in Canada. In 1992, Jive released Samantha’s first official compilation, Greatest Hits, which featured three new tracks.
In 1995, Fox attempted to revive her singing career again by participating in the “Song for Europe”, the competition to select the UK’s entry for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. She performed “Go for the Heart”, as lead singer of the group Sox, but failed to reach Eurovision after finishing fourth in the public vote. “Go for the Heart” was released in European territories and became a chart hit in the Netherlands.
In 1997, she released a new album, 21st Century Fox. The album featured Eurodance and Hi-NRG music. The album was released in the US a year later with the lead single “Let Me Be Free”. 21st Century Fox became her first Indie release. She also co-wrote and produced many of its tracks. Other singles from the album are “Deeper” and “The Reason is You”. This is the album that made her a bigger favorite with her fan base.
In 1998 Fox teamed up with DJ Milano who produced the club hit “Santa Maria”. The track charted in the UK and reached Number One in Austria as well as Top 40 positions in other European countries. In 2004, Fox teamed up with Mats Soderlund (alias Gunther) in order to do a remake of “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)”. This version reached Number One on the Swedish Singles Chart and included remixes by DJ alligator and lounge mixes. This version also charted in Greece, Finland, Norway and became a firm favorite with clubbers around the globe appearing on many dance and hit compilations.
In summer 2005 Fox was featured on the Superchumbo album Wozie Zowie and recorded the house track “Sugar”, which received rave reviews and was a underground hit in the clubs for most of 2005 appearing in many DJ charts across the world. The track also appeared on various House Hits compilations.
In November 2005, Fox released her latest album, Angel with an Attitude, in Canada. For the album, she chose to work together with the award-winning producer Joe Barrucco.
Fox toured Australia throughout late-August and early-September 2007, as part of the Countdown Spectacular 2. Songs performed were “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)” and Touch Me (I Want Your Body).