Obit of the Day: Romanthony - Writer, Producer and Singer
In November 2000 Daft Punk released their fifth single, “One More Time.” The French house music group would see its greatest success* with the song which reached #2 on the charts in the United Kingdom, #1 in France, and #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs. It would go on to earn a 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Dance Song. (It was re-released in 2001 on Daft Punk’s second studio album, Discovery.)
The voice on “One More Time” was Romanthony whose real name was Anthony Moore. The New Jersey native had met the French duo at the Winter Music Conference in 1996. They were familiar with and impressed by his earlier work on his own label, Black Male Records.
Romanthony began recording in the early 90s and self-produced several singles including “Make This Love Right” and “Let Me Show You Love.” He would release four albums on other labels, his last R.Hide in Plain Sight was produced in 2000.
Romanthony, who died on May 7, 2013 at the age of 45, was collaborating with German DJ Boys Noize at the time of his death. Boys Noize tweeted that “[Romanthony] said it was the best song he had ever written.”
Sources: RollingStone.com, Billboard.com, and Wikipedia
(“One More Time” and Musique Vol. 1: 1993-2005 is copyright Daft Life, 2006.)
* Their 2013 release, “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams will likely surpass “One More Time” in sales and popularity.