One of the most memorable moments when we landed was "Gypsy Woman' blaring out the speakers in our cab heading to Manhattan. I had never heard it as it didn't sound like typical Top 40 fare. Its catchy house beat, and organ grinder riff with the artist singing "la da dee, la dee da" made it one of those songs that just stuck in my head as Eddie and I romped around the city waiting for our friend Margie to get off work. The artist was new-comer Crystal Waters.
The following evening, Eddie and I were on our own and in a sign of poor judgement (or naiveté about New York at night during this time period), we hopped on a train at midnight and headed toward the Village to go to a club called Monster that had been recommended to us earlier in the day. Eddie had to pee, so we got off in Times Square only to find the restrooms closed at that time of night. So he had to do a quicky behind some pillars. The subway station was dark, dank and very eery. A stranger was walking towards us while I hurried him along to finish his business. Next train shows up and we were out of there!
Once we got to the Monster we walked in at street-level and were introduced to a massive piano bar with folks singing along to old Olivia Newton-John songs. We went through the doors in the back and down a narrow stairwell that opens up into a basement club full of gay men dancing to the latest house music. Once 'Gypsy Woman' starting playing from the speakers, I grabbed Eddie's hand and we ran onto the dance floor and didn't leave most of the night (except to grab the occasional drink).
Margie later chastised us for wondering off and even worse stopping in Times Square after midnight without accompaniment. Okay, yelled.
Gypsy Woman is packed with so many memories from our trip it that is one of the most memorable highlights of my life.
Gypsy Woman was originally written for Ultra Nate (another Diva Hall of Fame inductee held in very high esteem around here). Crystal's original demo never made it into her hands and in true DIVA form, she kept it for herself. To be fair, her demo was so good that it won her a recording contract with Mercury Records. The song itself reached #8 on the Top 40 and #1 on the club charts.
Crystal went on to land another Top 40 hit with '100% Pure Love' which peaked at #11 and stayed on the Hot 100 charts for a record-breaking 45 weeks. It also landed at the top of the Billboard Dance/Club charts along with 'Makin' Happy' 'Come on Down' 'My Time' 'Oh Mama Hey' and most very recently 'Believe.'
It is for these reasons and others too numerous to mention, that Crystal Waters officially be inducted into the Diva Hall of Fame.
With much love and respect, Party Favorz honors Crystal with our highest level of excellence. Thank you for the memories.
Crystal Waters - Surprise (12'' UK Edit)
Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless) (Basement Boy's Strip To The Bone Mix)
David Morales & The Bad Yard Club Crystal Waters & Delta - In De Ghetto (The Bad Yard Club Mix)
Crystal Waters & Inaya Day Allstars - Long Day (JC vs. StoneBridge Mix)
Crystal Waters vs. Fred Pellichero - Say Yeah (Extended Mix)
Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters - Destination Calabria (Club Mix)
Tristan Garner vs. Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman (Wideboys remix)
Dutch feat. Crystal Waters - My Time (Extended Vocal)
Crystal Waters vs. Speakerbox - Dancefloor (Extended)
Yolanda Be Cool feat. Crystal Waters - Le Bump (Original)
Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love (Original 12'' Mix)
Chris Cox & DJ Frankie feat. Crystal Waters - Oh Mama Hey (StoneBridge vs. J-C Club Mix)
Crystal Waters feat. Sted-E & Hybrid Heights - Believe (StoneBridge Pool Party Dub)
Crystal Waters - Come On Down (Live Element Extended Club Mix)
Crystal Waters - Say...If You Feel Alright (95North Club Mix)
Crystal Waters - The Boy From Ipanema (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
Crystal Waters - Makin' Happy (Hurley's Happy House Mix)
StoneBridge & Crystal Waters - Be Kind (S69 Classic Mix)
Crystal Waters vs. Bellani Spada - When People Come Together (Extended Version)