"Toni Basil" (born "Antonia Christina Basilotta" on September 22, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a musician, video artist, actress, and choreographer.
Her recording career began in 1966 with a rare one-off single for A&M Records, the title song from the film ''Breakaway''. Although she appeared three times as musical guest during the first season of ''Saturday Night Live'' in 1975–76, it wasn't until 1981 that she recorded a follow-up, the international hit song "Mickey". This song is in fact a cover of "Kitty", a 1979 release by UK band Racey, written by UK hitmakers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. "Mickey" itself would be covered in a parody by "Weird Al" Yankovic as "Ricky".
The music video for "Mickey" was released in 1982 and was one of the most popular of the early MTV videos. In the video, Basil wore a cheerleader uniform from Las Vegas High School, the school from which she graduated. In 1983, a follow-up single appeared, entitled ''Over My Head''.
Basil is said to have helped bring street dance to prominence with her breakdancing group, The Lockers. She choreographed David Byrne's memorable, marionette-style dance from the music video for the...