Uchenna Carol Ikejiani was born in Nigeria to an Igbo family.Jiani moved from Nigeria to Montreal, Canada in the mid-1970s to study at Concordia University. In autumn 1977, she auditioned to appear on Joe La Greca’s album Montreal. In early 1978, Jiani recorded two tracks for the project, “If You Believe in Me” and “Higher and Higher”. These were released on an EP, with her credited under her birth name. Glenn LaRusso of Salsoul Records convinced her to shorten her name from Uchenna Ikejiani to Carol Jiani to make it easier for North Americans to pronounce.
In 1980, Carol Jiani recorded two Sandy Wilbur-written pieces with La Greca, “Hit N Run Lover” and “All The People Of The World”. “Hit N Run Lover” was remixed by San Francisco-based Moby Dick Records for their Gold Standard imprint and would become Jiani’s signature song, peaking at number 4 on the US Billboard Club Play Singles chart in 1981.
In 1984, Carol Jiani released the single “Touch And Go Lover”, originally released with a Michael Simard remix, this was quickly followed up with the Shep Pettibone remix (both mixes are included on this UK 12″ single) while a third set of remixes appeared on Atlantic Records bu John Robie (previously posted)
Touch And Go Lover (Shep Pettibone Remix) 6:53
Touch And Go Lover (Michael Simard Remix) 6:19
Love Now Play Later 5:50