|The band Matt Bianco was founded in 1982 by Mark Reilly, Danny White, Toto Poncioni and background vocalist Basia, just after Reilly and White left art-poppers Blue Rondo a la Turk. Their first album, “Whose side are you on?” turned them over night into superstars, as their mixture of Ska, Jazz and Soul, mixed with Basia’s impressive and sophisticated vocal harmonies was unheard in 1983.
Their 50’s black and white styling, mixed with postmodern flair and a couple of snappy videos helped as well. “Whose side are you on?” sold well: a couple of gold discs here, some platinum there and Matt Bianco grew to be one of the biggest acts of the mid-eighties.
taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2008/artists