Canton became famous in the 80’s after their participation in the San Remo Festival in 1984 with the song “Sleepwalking”, written by Enrico Ruggeri and arranged by the group. They finished fourth but the song spent several months in the Italian charts. An English version for the international market followed and a long series of promotional television and radio appearances.
The following year they released “Please Do Not Stay”, written and arranged by the band, the single charted in Italy and abroad. The single was released in the UK being the first Italian pop group to have an English language hit in England.
The success of “Please Do Not Stay” opened the way to a collaboration with one of the biggest producers of pop music at the time, Pete Waterman, who after productions for the likes of Dead or Alive and Bananarama committed to the production of their third single “Stay With Me” .
The song was greeted favourably by the music industry and CBS International purchased the distribution rights to the song for England and Europe. Unfortunately, in the months leading up to the planned international launch of the single, the group’s Italian record label, Ariston, closed production and Canton suddenly found themselves without a record deal but with a contract still in force that did not allow them to quickly sign to a new record label.
“Stay With Me” was mixed by Phil Harding and written/produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
The rare SAW productions are being taken down quite quickly so grab this one while you can !
Stay With Me 5:52
Stay With Me (Instrumental Version) 5:40
Go Back 3:15