1985: Tarzan Boy by Baltimora

Composed by Maurizio Bassi and Naimy Hackett. Recorded by Baltimora their debut album, Living in the Background. Tarzan’s cry is used in the chorus of the song. Genre: Italo Disco. The video features Baltimora’s front man Jimmy McShane. Baltimora was a short lived music group (1985 – 1987) and was formed by Italian music producer Maurizio Bassi and Irish Singer Jimmy McShane. When they first met each other, Jimmy McShane was working as a medical technician for the Red Cross in Northern Ireland, but he was a trained actor and dancer who had previously had some experience in West End theatres in the United Kingdom. Maurizio Bassi recruited prominent Italian session-men to record Baltimora’s debut album. Jimmy McShane died in 1995, aged 37, after being diagnosed with HIV. A family spokesman issued the following statement after his death: “He faced his illness with courage and died with great dignity. Jimmy is buried in Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, with his father who died three years previously.

Weekly Chart History (1985 – 1986)Peak Position
Australia16
Austria2
Belgium1
Canada5
Finland1
France1
Germany (West)3
Ireland2
Italy6
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart1
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart1
New Zealand34
Norway4
South Africa3
Spain1
Sweden2
Switzerland4
United Kingdom3
USA Billboard Dance Singles Chart6
USA Billboard Dance / Maxi Singles Chart12
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart13
USA Cash Box Chart18
Year-End Chart History (1985)Final Position
Austria18
Canada53
France10
Italy31
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart 17
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart 21
Switzerland2